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Jesus knew there would be days like this … Beyond cynicism and compassion-fatigue, Christmas depends on saying “yes”

Dec
04

By James E. Copple John F. Kennedy and the new frontier defined my view of politics and why we should be concerned for the poor. I was 14 when Kennedy was assassinated and completely drawn by media coverage of his funeral. Watching endless commentary about his life and listening to his recorded speeches, I was […]

Nov
10

By James E. Copple I am taken with the idea of language, especially metaphor. It fascinates me, our dynamic linguistic toolbox and its ability to, at once, simply communicate the complex; create nuanced compositions of description, insight and perspective; illuminate and elevate the basic; to build bridges of understanding. In the world of extreme poverty, […]

Sometimes, words fail; then again, it’s a bit like a bowling alley … Continue Reading
Sep
25

By James E. Copple Efforts to combat the Ebola virus are in full-throttle, with the regrettable but predictable picking-up-the-pieces in a crisis that is preventable but difficult to sell until worst-case scenarios lead the news. The CDC projects nearly 1.4 million people could contract the disease by the first of the year. Ebola, which is […]

When Begging is Too Late – Think Prevention! Continue Reading
Sep
03

By James E. Copple When the world seems big and the problems seem bigger, look to the people like Karen and Inez in Honduras, who remind us that the bridge to hope is a promise built locally on the premise of one and the commitment of individuals to make personal, meaningful connections to people, one […]

A Bridge to Promise Continue Reading
Aug
01

A child shouldn’t have to sacrifice her body, safety and boundaries for tuition By James E. Copple Kariobangi North Girls Secondary School is an oasis in the midst of one of Nairobi’s worst slums, but the cost of an education, hope and a future can be criminal. We spent the morning at the Kariobangi North, and the […]

School is a girl’s escape to freedom, but at what price? Continue Reading
Jun
16

From the clandestine violence of child-trafficking, hers is a voice of anguish, hope By James E. Copple In the small town of Lafilya, Abebech and her family struggled to survive the worst drought in memory. Theirs is an impoverished community of nearly a thousand people in southern Ethiopia, where social advancement is impossible, and a […]

But for the grace of God and “someone…” Continue Reading
Jun
09

By James E. Copple Alcohol has become a “hot topic” in circles of faith – the absolutes about alcohol consumption that kept us sheltered in the moralistic teachings of our ancestors are all but gone or at least ridiculed, and young people ask, “why not?” Therefore, the issues and consequences of alcohol use are surfacing […]

Alcohol- Why Not? Continue Reading
Mar
17

By James E. Copple Occasionally, I have a crisis of confidence that undermines my faith; challenges my optimism; and generally leaves me grumpy and deflated. It was several weeks ago, in the silence of my home and looking over various projects mostly dealing with the poor and disenfranchised, when I wept (truly) and begged God […]

God to Jim:  “Poverty isn’t my problem – you fix it …” Continue Reading
Mar
05

By James E. Copple Human-trafficking lives in the shadows of our global urban centers.  “Shadows.” That’s her word, and she is a 15-year-old Eritrean girl sold by her parents and trafficked via container-truck to Nairobi, where she lives in a small shack. And hers isn’t an uncommon story in East Africa, where famine and drought […]

Act to shine light and bring hope to the shadows of human-trafficking Continue Reading