Buying Nets, Netting Lives

When we first discussed the idea of a diocese-wide NetsforLife® Inspiration Fund effort in the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina in the summer of 2010, there were many unknowns. There was never...
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Transforming Community

When I was young, I never envisioned myself leading campaigns of any shade, whether political, issue based, or fundraising focused.  I was sure I’d be an architect and later a social worker.  Of...
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Lent 2012: Dust and Hope

Lent started for me in the small town of Bolgatanga, northern Ghana. At the Parish Church of St. Cyprian, next door to the office of our partner, the Anglican Diocesan Development and...
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In Defense of Rita Mosquito

Hello friends! My name is Rita Mosquito.  Though I may appear small and dainty…I am very dangerous. I don’t mean to be bad or to harm anyone.  I just have some…baggage. You see, I have been around. ...
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Travels in Ghana

This week, a group of Episcopal Church leaders and lay members are on an Episcopal Relief & Development study tour in Ghana, West Africa, to visit the agency’s field partners and programs. Some...
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Ash Wednesday, Bolgatanga, Ghana

This week, a group of Episcopal Church leaders and lay members are on an Episcopal Relief & Development study tour in Ghana, West Africa, to visit the agency’s field partners and programs. Some...
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What It’s All About

As we celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ and the season of Christmas, I am reminded of all the blessings of this life. In particular, those I have connected with over the...
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Putting Faith into Action – With Twice the Impact

It’s that time of year. The leaves are turning, there’s a chill in the air and the holidays are rushing toward us. And as I write, we’re over halfway through our 2011 Matching Gift Challenge. Just as...
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How Late-night TV Changed My Life … Part 2

The integrated nature of Episcopal Relief & Development programs, and the agency’s connection to a network of churches within the Anglican and Episcopal faith, uniquely position us to be an agent of...
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How Late-night TV Changed My Life … Part 1

Growing up, I remember watching the late, late movie … “Attack of the Killer Something-or-Other” … when out of nowhere, one of those “please save this child!” commercials would come on the screen...
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Children Learn About Needs Near and Far, Part 1

At The Chapel of the Cross, our Children and Family Ministry Committee had already started planning a different Vacation Church School (VCS) when we heard about the soon-to-be-released Abundant Life...
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A Small Parish Fights Malaria with Shrimp and Hard Work

The Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida has been challenged to raise $120,000 for the NetsforLife® Inspiration Fund by its next convention in October 2011. This diocese has approximately...
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NetsforLife®: Impacting Lives in Conflict

As Program Support and Logistics Officer for NetsforLife®, Episcopal Relief & Development's malaria prevention partnership, I work closely with Dr. Stephen Dzisi, our Technical Director, to respond to...
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Saving Lives with Malaria Nets and Education

As the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager for NetsforLife®, Episcopal Relief & Development’s program partnership for malaria prevention, I have a dual function. It is my duty to build capacity and...
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It’s the Most Wonderful Time…

It’s quiet in the offices of Episcopal Relief & Development these days.  Many of the staff are taking a well-deserved break during the holidays, and those of us in the office are enjoying a much less...
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Things Held Up by Pushpins in My Cubicle

 I know I’m not the only one:  Photos, notes, and objects held up by pushpins surround my desk.  They remind me of people, events and things in my life that ground me and get me through the day.   A...
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How I Might Be Called to Be a Healer...

In the middle of saying Morning Prayer last week, I was confronted with a simple realization:  I am called to be a healer.  No, not one of  those faith healers you see on television or parodied in a...
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Doubling Your Investment

Disclaimer: I normally do not like to ask for donations on this blog. It was created as a forum for interaction, to hear thoughts from people about issues related to faith-based relief...
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BCC in Tanzania

BCC, OVC, GAD, PMTCT*… what do these mean?! In the field of international development we have so many acronyms that your head can spin just trying to remember them all! BCC — behavior...
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The View from Donor Services

I’ve had the fortune of interacting with donors to Episcopal Relief & Development for almost a decade now.  We’re partners.  The donors and us.  I’ve always believed that.  We save lives and rebuild...
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