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August 2011

Rwandan Orphanage Closures

August 25, 2011
By Catherine Larson

I have really mixed feelings about this article posted recently in The Washington Times. It concerns the efforts to close orphanages in Rwanda. While the goal to get children into families seems lofty, the author points to the real-life problems that orphans encounter in Rwanda. One of the subjects she points out and that I found to be true when interviewing orphans for my book is the touchy subject of land. Those who lost parents in the genocide often also lost the most valuable commodity in Rwanda today, land. When orphans come back to the areas where their family is from, many in the community feel threatened that they may be returning for the rightful claim to their land. One orphan interviewed in the Times piece shows just such scars.

Milton Tackles Forgiveness

August 17, 2011
By Catherine Larson

Pastor and Chancellor of Reformed Theological Seminary, Mike Milton, presents his thoughts on “How To Forgive Your Enemies and Friends” in a recent sermon available on preaching.com. In his sermon, Milton presents five scriptural truths we must know about forgiveness in order to forgive. These resonate well with the truths presented in As We Forgive. To read or listen to the full sermon, follow this link.