Sacred Moments

As I watched Camilla engage so deeply with each of the patients, I found myself emotional as there was something incredibly beautiful about the way she interacted with the patients. The moment held tenderness, sadness, and care. She told me later how it is an honor to be able to get to know these patients at this stage of their lives. She called the moments with them sacred, and as an observer, I couldn’t agree more.

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Rachel DavisComment
Speak Life

This work is hard and complex.  We talked through some of the issues, but then she paused and said those words, “tell me we’re doing the right thing.”  There was desperation in them.  There was a longing to know that this battle, this long struggle, this engaging in someone else’s despair was worth it.  Did her effort really matter?

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Rachel DavisComment
The Jack Shaper Grant

The Jack Shaper Grant is awarded annually to a Wellspring International project that engages in the creative arts as a therapeutic tool to process through pain and grief. For some, restoration and ultimately redemption are not always first encountered through an explanation, or even a conversation. It is instead, rather, through the healing balm of compassion.

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Rachel DavisComment
Wedding Feast

He went on to tell me their plan for her to have the wedding on the grounds of the home with the elders present. Some friends would be invited and would have tea and biscuits, but the elders would get the wedding feast. Most of the invited friends have experienced being an honored guest, he said, but the majority of the elders have lived their lives as outcasts in society. He wanted to give them the place of honor at the wedding.

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Rachel DavisComment
Grateful

By doing this, we were teaching the women and reminding ourselves that gratitude is something we have to cultivate. It is not always natural, but it is life-giving. Having a heart of gratitude breeds contentment in our souls.

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Rachel DavisComment
The Power of Redemptive Touch

We continued through the evening and as I was praying and journaling, I felt the hands on my shoulders.  I felt peace and rest in them.  I closed my eyes and breathed in the moment and my thankfulness for the ways I believe the Lord chooses to meet with us.  I do not know what she prayed over me, but I felt the nearness of God in that moment of her prayers and her touch.

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A Heartfelt Gift

The elderly woman placed the rosary in my hand and closed my fingers around it. I remember the almost physical feeling of protest rising up inside of me. I couldn’t possibly take it. She had so few material possessions. This rosary might have been sentimental to her and one of the few things she took with her when fleeing Iraq. But I knew that to resist such a gesture could be offensive and disrespectful.  So, even though it pained me, I accepted it with deep gratitude. 

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Rachel Davis Comment
The Greatest Who Lived

My grandfather measured 5 feet 6 inches, with an intellect that stood tall among men. He could fix anything—give him a paperclip and a toothpick and broken faucet could spill forth a stream. I once asked my grandfather if he was fulfilled in his job. He stopped what he was doing, crinkled his nose in gentle annoyance, and said something like this…

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Girls of Dignity and Nobility

Even at that young age there was something in her spirit that refused to surrender her dignity to the evil around her. She fought as best as a twelve year old could fight against organized crime. She tried three times to escape the brothels, each attempt coming closer to freedom, each one snatched away at the final moment.

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Suffer. They’re worth it.

We were gently leading them back into the pain, asking them to feel it.  Sometimes that pain was overwhelming and could often only be handled in doses, but there was something freeing and healing about beginning to face it and walk through it. 

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Rachel DavisComment
Shining A Light On Slavery

On Shine A Light On Slavery Day today, February 7, we join the globe in raising awareness of the 40 million people around the world trapped in slavery. Wellspring International Director Naomi Zacharias writes a powerful reflection…

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