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Beyond empathy

Voices | Merely feeling someone’s pain can lead to ‘help’ that does harm
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 9/05/17, 11:11 am

On May 22, 2011, a multiple-vortex EF5 tornado ripped up Joplin, Mo., leaving 149 corpses and a city of rubble in its wake. The following July, I spent three days there as a volunteer. I wasn’t sure what one woman could do without muscle or power tools, and honestly it didn’t seem like much. The first day I picked up trash on a couple of city streets, but the next two days I confronted piles of used clothing, canned goods, and stuffed toys to pick through. It felt like one of those fairy tales where the heroine has one night to sort a pile of rice and barley into separate bins.

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Hannah Roden

A place for kids

Hope Awards | Southwest Region winner Navajo Ministries: A New Mexico ministry has communicated Christian values and hope to Navajo children for 64 years
by Sophia Lee
Posted 6/16/17, 02:53 pm

FARMINGTON, N.M.—The first time Taylor Benally made a snappy remark to his house parents, they silently pumped fists. Making snippy comebacks isn’t extraordinary teenage behavior, but it was a milestone for the 13-year-old Taylor. Like most other kids at Four Corners Home for Children, a childcare program mostly for Navajos in Farmington, N.M., Taylor came from a dysfunctional family. When he first arrived at Four Corners in 2013, the boy was so reserved and insecure that any time he showed signs of self-assertion, everyone cheered.

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Mentored into motherhood

Hope Awards | Northwest Region winner Hope Pregnancy Ministries: A Montana pregnancy ministry walks with women and their babies from conception to birth—and beyond
by Sarah Schweinsberg
Posted 6/15/17, 02:57 pm

KALISPELL, Mont.—A 19-year-old girl with a nose ring and hair pulled tight into a ponytail walks into a waiting room, carrying a car seat. A gaggle of women swarms her. She lifts a blue-eyed, fair-haired baby out of the car seat, and the oohs and aahs turn into laughter.

“Sorry we bombarded you,” one nurse says. “You saved her life,” the young mother replies, looking down at her baby. “So I owe it to you guys.”

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