Embracing Our Brokenness

In his book, From Brokenness to Community, Jean Vanier shares about his experience of being in community with disabled adults and describes his community L’Arche as a place of healing and transformation. Being in community with those who are broken, according to Vanier, reveals to us our own brokenness, yet brings us hope because in […]

When Brokenness is a Way of Life

The man’s emaciated form was what caught my attention: his skin pulled tightly over and the shape of his skull was so evident, with hollow cheeks and a frame which was held by the loose skin holding the bones together. His inability to sit on the chair for more than a couple of minutes indicated […]

The Celebration of Brokenness

I stepped off the plane in India after the longest flight of my life, not knowing that the “uncomfortable” flight was the tip of the iceberg of taking me out of my comfort zone. The heat. The sweat. All the people. The poverty. It was easy to see the brokenness and vulnerability. What caught me […]

Breaking Down Walls

My Lenten theme this year is Breaking Down Walls. I was not just thinking of the controversy about the wall on the U.S/Mexican border when I chose this topic. All of us have walls in our lives, products of our own brokenness and often too, of our responses to the brokenness of others. These walls […]

Learning Through Transformed Brokenness

The Juniper bush grows in the harshest of conditions.  Its kind can be found in diverse regions ranging from sea level to 10,000 feet in elevation, but the plant (also called a cedar) is commonly found in the vast copper terrain of the American southwest.  Through the unforgiving trials of the desert, the Juniper’s survival […]

“Break My Heart for What Breaks Yours”

I remember singing along at a Hillsong United concert and praying that prayer as a young follower of Christ. Not long after praying that prayer I joined Word Made Flesh in Kolkata, India. Back then, as a girl fresh out of university, I was eager to see people the way God sees them. I wanted […]

From the Executive Director — Brokenness

As this issue of The Cry focusing on our Lifestyle Celebration of brokenness publishes, the season of Lent (March 6- April 18) is upon us. Lent is a time within the Church year that we recognize that the journey of faith entails navigating our own brokenness and the brokenness of our surrounding world.  Lent lasts […]

From the Editor — Brokenness

Brokenness is an inescapable part of the human experience. It is often easier to ignore it, the brokenness that exists out in the world and that which exists within. This sense of being hurt, bruised, torn beyond repair is powerful enough to take us into despair, as the apostle wrote, “For we were so utterly […]

Meet our Staff: Laura and Shelbye

Laura Haugen International Office Manager, USA Laura grew up as a missionary kid in Peru and Argentina, which has given her a heart for the world. She was drawn to Word Made Flesh because of their holistic vision for incarnational, restorative, and sustainable ministry with communities around the world. As International Office Manager, Laura is […]

Submitting to Love

When you hear the word submission, what comes to mind?  Power over someone or something? Manipulating someone to do what you want?  The Cambridge Dictionary defines submission as an act of allowing someone to have power over you.  It is also defined as the act of accepting the power or authority of someone else.  If […]