Category Archives: Everybody Has a Story

Liberia Report: From War to Peace

  Benjamin Somah walked into Monrovia’s Peace Cafe, where our freshly arrived team sat with a few local contacts, enjoying some coffee and Internet time. Our friends knew this local craftsman, so we checked out his artwork.   We already … Continue reading

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Liberia Report: Cooking

The foundation of BESTWA’s ministry is feeding children. The Liberian people have so many needs besides, but the need for food is universal, immediate, and ongoing. While visiting Buchanan, we learned quite a bit about how our resourceful friends manage, … Continue reading

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Liberia Report: Contrasts

During our stay in Buchanan, Liberia, one thing that struck me was the variety of contrasts we saw. Old and Young: At the Old Folks Home, we visited with dozens of aged people, several with physical handicaps. But a number … Continue reading

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Who’s Sacrificing Here, Anyway?

It’s easy to think that, as citizens of a wealthy country, we USA types know what’s best for allllll the other countries. We’re here to fix you. You’re welcome. Granted, BESTWA uses donated funds to buy food, employ cooks, and … Continue reading

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Greetings From West Africa!

I am drafting the beginning of this post a week before our group leaves for the multi-day airline marathon to Buchanan, Liberia. Not being sure how much time or Internet access I’ll have, I want to make it easy to … Continue reading

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On Writing, by Stephen King

Normally, the “Great Weekend Reads” I recommend are fiction. I’ve read and thoroughly enjoyed Stephen King‘s memoir On Writing, but did not at first consider telling you about it as a Great Weekend Read. After all, who wants to read … Continue reading

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Flattened by Overuse, Part 2

When last I wrote about overusing the word “love,” I didn’t plan any followup post. But some of the discussion has reminded me of another overused word: “Just.” You hear it a lot. F’r instance, “I just think we should … Continue reading

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