The Cry

Won’t you celebrate?

10 November 2011
Word Made Flesh

won’t you celebrate with me (Lucille Clifton) won’t you celebrate with me what i have shaped into a kind of life? i had no model. born in babylon both nonwhite and woman what did i see to be except myself? i made it up here on this bridge between starshine and clay, my one hand [...]

Join the celebration

10 November 2011
Word Made Flesh

Twenty years ago a small group of recent college graduates came together around the crazy idea that we could actually help the poor, maybe even change the world. In the early 90’s, the shape of global poverty was much different than it is today. Absolute poverty and hunger plagued the earth, it was estimated that [...]

A return to the garden (Intimacy)

10 November 2011
Sarah

Sarah has served with WMF in the US, Nepal and Kolkata, India from 1999-present. Her article appeared in The Cry, vol. 8, no. 1 (Spring 2002).  I cut nails for a living. I take the hands and feet of the sweet women of Kolkata into my hands and cut their nails. It is simple and [...]

A tale of two thieves (Obedience)

10 November 2011
Word Made Flesh

Chris has served with WMF in Chennai, India and the US from 1993 to the present. His article appeared in The Cry, vol. 6, no. 1 (Spring 2000). We were playing soccer in a park when I first met Juan. Actually, he wasn’t playing with us, but he did run through the middle of the [...]

A cloak that flows (Humility)

10 November 2011
Word Made Flesh

Daphne served with WMF in Romania and the US from 1998 to 2009. Her article appeared in The Cry, vol. 6, no. 2 (Summer 2000). A journal excerpt dated October 23, 1999: “Am baut prea mult,” is one of the few things I understand Mr. Munteanu saying as he greets me with a slurred hello, [...]

Towards Community

10 November 2011
David Chronic

David Chronic has served with WMF in Romania from 1997 to the present. His article appeared in The Cry, vol. 6, no. 2 (Summer 2000). When I committed to Word Made Flesh in 1997, I was one of six people on staff. We have since seen tremendous growth in the mission both in terms of [...]

Service as sacrament

10 November 2011
Word Made Flesh

Matt served with WMF in Romania and Nepal from 2000 to 2005. His article appeared in The Cry, vol. 8, no. 4 (Winter 2002). How do we breathe life into the mundane? I muddle through this question every day as I work as a server in a restaurant. Five days a week, I take food [...]

Beyond Simplicity

10 November 2011
David Chronic

David Chronic has served with WMF in Romania from 1997 to the present. His article appeared in The Cry, vol. 7, no. 1 (Spring 2001). I was savoring the smell of fresh-made coffee in the kitchen when the doorbell rang. I winced through the peephole, not expecting anyone at such an early hour. The hallway [...]

Chosen Submission

10 November 2011
Word Made Flesh

Chris has served with WMF in Chennai, India and the US from 1993 to the present. His article appeared in The Cry, vol. 9, no. 3 (Fall 2003). Submission comes hard for me, but four young girls in Sierra Leone have taught me how to celebrate it. Their lives are a tragic tale of forced [...]

Frowning into the sun (Brokenness)

10 November 2011
Word Made Flesh

Monica Klepac served with WMF in Romania from 2000 to 2009. Her article appeared in The Cry, vol. 8, no. 2 (Summer 2002). The sun warmed my face and I frowned. I didn’t want it to be this nice, to be the kind of weather you enjoy. The May sunshine and breeze were abrasive to [...]