18 October 2012

Niger in the News: Hunger Brides

Niger leads the world with the highest rate of child-brides; 75% of girls are married before age 18, and one-third before age 15!  The ongoing food-crisis and never ending poverty only perpetuate families marrying off their young girls in search of dowries to help supplement income.

This photo essay was first published a few weeks ago, but thought you'd be interested.

Click here.

11 October 2012

Ten Eleven Twelve

Circa 1983
Today is October Eleventh.

And it's my brother's birthday.

Being two time zones away is the closest we've been in three years worth of birthdays.  So, since I can't be there when he blows out the candles, I thought I'd dedicate some ramblings his way.

Happy Birthday to Momma Berruti's Favorite Child.  (don't get too used to it, I will be reclaiming my title tomorrow!)

We've come along way from our Montauk camping days . . . you were my companion through childhood . . . I share that with no one else, nor would I want to.  But despite how the road bends, I am proud of you!

Your life is an example of loyalty . . . you are slow to give up on those who matter most to you.  Taking us at our worst and sticking by us anyway.

Thank you for being able to pick-up-where-we-left-off . . . despite the oceans between us.

I know the journey hasn't looked like either of us expected, but I pray that this next chapter will be full of joy and purpose.  That you would provide an example of perseverance for your children.  That you would demonstrate to them the richness of Christ-like character . . . and teach them that who they are is more important than how they perform.

I love you!

05 October 2012

Rethinking the Silence of Women in the Church

Today, I have the privilege of being the next guest-blogger of a series entitled, Women In Ministry.

In a Mirror Dimly is a blog that offers 'an imperfect and sometimes sarcastic perspective on following Jesus' by author, Ed Cyzewski.  I met Ed once, at a Bible study in south Jersey, before I left for Niger . . . but got connected to his blog courtesy of the comments section at theveryworstmissionary.com and I've been hooked ever since.

Ed was bold running this series . . . women's roles in the Church is a heated topic these days, and it differs between each denomination and congregation.  But instead of debating, Ed is opening his personal writing space for a public avenue where we women in ministry can share our own story.  It is a place where we have been invited to challenge, encourage and spur on one another.

So, click on over and visit Ed for a little bit.  (Scroll all the way down to the bottom to leave a comment . . . let him know you appreciate the dialogue!)  

Click here if you haven't already.

03 October 2012

Grasp: Five Minute Friday

It's been a while . . . okay, maybe even a little longer . . . since I've posted a Five Minute Friday.  And I know you're thinking to yourself 'Uh, Deb. it's Wednesday . . . of the following week!  And sorry, but 'jetlag' is no longer a viable excuse!'

And you're right!  There's no excuse . . . but it's never too late to start over again.  I had run across Lisa-Jo's blog again last Friday and when I saw the theme I knew I couldn't pass it up.

So here's how this works: set the timer for five minutes . . .  write, write, write . . . no editing . . . no over-thininking . . . just write.

Grasp