ArtPrize: A Celebration of Art Throughout My City

Uplifting, one of my favorite pieces

If you’re from West Michigan, you might be sick of hearing about ArtPrize by now. For those of you outside West Michigan, it’s hard to describe the experience. From the ArtPrize website: ArtPrize® is a radically open, independently organized international art competition with an unprecedented $200,000 top prize decided entirely by public vote. For 19…

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A Taste of New Orleans


I posted about the bayou tour, but what I loved almost as much about my trip to New Orleans was the food. Everyone on facebook insisted that I have beignets and coffee at Cafe Du Monde. So my friend and I took the streetcar from the hotel, hopped off, and found the madhouse that was…

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Ecojustice on the Bayou


I always thought of climate change as something that affected developing countries. Through my work at World Renew, an international disaster response and community development organization, I am well acquainted with the devastating effect of changing growing seasons in Africa and environmental refugees in Bangladesh. I probably shouldn’t have been so surprised to learn that…

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Uganda, Days 8-10: The Church As a Force for Good and Evil

Nursery school students

In the previous post I talked about how the church in Kabale is doing incredible ministry in its community. On Day 8, we visited the church’s nursery school and met with its youth group, men’s group, and women’s groups. It was neat to see how similar the issues are cross-culturally. Then, on Day 9, we drove to Rwanda. I had tried to prepare myself for the grisly scenes to come.