From the Executive Director – Spring 2020 (As Featured in The Cry)

Dear friends, I know that you will be so blessed reading all of the reflections and stories in this issue of The Cry. As one of our WMF Lifestyle Celebrations, WMF notes that we “celebrate humility before God and humanity?” What does this mean? Are we somehow equating experiencing difficulty with goodness of character? Though […]

From the Editor — Spring 2020 (As Featured in The Cry)

Half a year is now fading away, and many around the world are slowly emerging from quarantines and stay-at-home orders to find societies in upheaval, both because of the pandemic and now because of protests against racial injustice. 2020, if no other year before it has done it for us, has taught us what could […]

The Legacy of John Lewis

John Lewis 1940-2020 Wondering what you can do in your 20s? Consider John Lewis. Wondering what you can do in your 70s & 80s? Consider John Lewis. From being one of the original Freedom Riders in ‘61, to speaking at The March on Washington before Dr. MLK jr. in ‘63, to crossing into Selma with […]

Leaning-In: Action Steps for Increased Organizational Health and Flourishing

July 3, 2020 As part of our commitment to being an organization that is leaning-in to implementing industry best practices and in a follow-up to our June 12 communication about the harmful and inappropriate behavior of a past executive director that occurred 2012 and before, we want to share information about next steps WMF will […]

Life Together

“Community… grows from [knowing] that we are alive not for ourselves, but for one another.” — Henri J.M. Nouwen Our bodies jerk as we stop and start for each passenger along the road. It’s a bustling morning as cholitas with their pleated skirts and shawls climb in with babies and wares on their back. Businessmen scoot […]

Statement on the Wrongdoings of Past Leadership

June 12, 2020 In recent weeks, victims of abuse by former director of Word Made Flesh, Chris Heuertz, have come forward and named some of the harms that they suffered. Word Made Flesh’s then Board of Directors and Chris and Phileena Heuertz severed their working partnership just under a decade ago in 2012. Word Made […]

Lamenting Injustice

Word Made Flesh International continues its almost 30 year journey around the world of seeking justice through advocacy and community-building. We walk and work long-term with and among people in desperate need experiencing vulnerability, oppression, and marginalization. Part of our journey is making sure that we are learning from wise voices from multiple communities that […]

Blessed to be a Blessing- Extended Lockdown

By Anna Monteviller WMF Peru Field Director On Sunday, May 24, the Peruvian government extended the mandatory social isolation order until June 31st.  This means that ALL movement in ALL public spaces will be restricted for at least another month.  I am not fundamentally questioning whether this is necessary, rather to give witness to how […]

The Power of Home

Home. So. very. thankful. I deeply want everyone to have welcoming home spaces shared with others who lovingly exclaim in all manner of ways, “you are cherished,” “you are welcome,” “you are celebrated,” and importantly, “we are us!” As we all know, not all spaces meant to be home are as they should be. For […]

Prayers of Hope

Are you hopeful? Are you tired? Are you uncertain? Are you thankful? In many ways, I am all these things. Does anyone else feel “all the feelings” every now and then…does anyone else sometimes seem to feel them all almost all at once? Of course, our affective fluctuations are part of the fabric of the […]