The Cry

Our Favorite things (WMF Argentina Style), part two

28 July 2009
Word Made Flesh

Here’s the second part of WMF Argentina’s favorite things. Check out the first part here. 6. Long talks over mate 7. Boca Jrs and game day 8. Celebrating around the table 9. Facebook 10. Street artists

Our Favorite things (WMF Argentina Style), part one

28 July 2009
Word Made Flesh

Here’s a quick look at things the folks in WMF Argentina enjoy or find meaningful. Though not perfectly representative of each staff member, it’s safe to say most of the staff like these things a lot. 1. The cobblestone streets of San Telmo 2. Offering hospitality 3. Being with the youth, doing crossword puzzles 4. [...]

Humility: The starting point

5 July 2009
John Koon

Sitting in a meeting in our hotel’s conference room outside of Kathmandu, Nepal, I found myself distracted and disengaged. A wave of anxiety, the afterbirth of the release of that odious phrase “dominant culture,” had crept up and smothered me. These two words, uttered just moments before, were reverberating like an obstinate pinball through the [...]

Becoming a child

5 July 2009
Word Made Flesh

“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes a humble place — becoming like this child — is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 18:3-4). I woke up feeling pretty good about the day. The things on my [...]

Out of these ashes

4 July 2009
Word Made Flesh

“All night long on my bed I looked for the one my heart loves; I looked for him but did not find him. I will get up now and go about the city, through its streets and squares; I will search for the one my heart loves” (Song 3:1-2). Several times throughout the Song of [...]

Celebrating a Kolkata summer

4 July 2009
Word Made Flesh

It was the beginning of my first day back at Prem Dan, Mother Teresa’s Home for the Destitute Poor in Kolkata, India. I’d been there in the beginning of 2005 while on my Servant Team and now found myself four months later visiting again for several weeks. I tried to start a few conversations with [...]

A lesson in giving

4 July 2009
Rachel (Simons) Dyachenko

Sunday’s three-hour service had left me exhausted. I quickly changed into some baggy sweats and a T-shirt and began looking for something suitable for lunch. The fridge was a disappointment: ketchup, softening carrots and a bottle of soy sauce. My search was interrupted by a knock at the door of my apartment. Ah, yes, today [...]

Through the eyes of a friend

3 July 2009

A friend recently penned a picture of me on a napkin as we shared lunch together. His crooked lines and scribbles provided a portrait that depicted much more than myself. It helped me to see with new eyes the humanity that has been gifted to us. It has since kept me asking how to go [...]

If I knew…

3 July 2009
Word Made Flesh

She stands with head hung low in dark corners of dark rooms on dark streets, thinking she belongs there, crushed under the weight of names not hers, violent screams that drown out the Voice that calls her Amada, Rescued, Chosen. She is Beloved, Redeemed, Brought Back, Sought After. She is the muse of God’s lullabies, [...]

Letter from the Editor

2 July 2009
Word Made Flesh

I feel a little nostalgic as I write this. It’s my 35th birthday and my final few weeks of work before I receive six months of sabbatical. My community has generously offered me a time of sabbatical rest. I am incredibly thankful, but, I must admit, it is also difficult to leave. Sabbatical is a [...]