Women’s Month: Maryam Rostampour & Marziyeh Amirizadeh

[Image from World Mag] By: Gabriela Yareliz How many of us believe something so strongly that we’d die for it? How many of us have an integrity that allows us to stare death in the face and not flinch? Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh met in 2005, while studying theology in Turkey. After completing theirContinue reading “Women’s Month: Maryam Rostampour & Marziyeh Amirizadeh”

Women’s Month: Berta Cáceres

By: Gabriela Yareliz Today, we mourn the assassination of a great indigenous rights and environmental rights champion and activist, Berta Cáceres. She is known for her tireless work to bring awareness to important issues. She was co-founder of the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations in Honduras and the 2015 winner of the GoldmanContinue reading “Women’s Month: Berta Cáceres”

Condolences to Kayla Mueller’s Family

This post is to honor Kayla Mueller’s extraordinary life. Ms. Mueller was a bright American aid worker who was held hostage and killed by ISIS. She wrote a letter to her family that said: “Just the thought of you sends me into fits of tears; all in all in the end the only one you really haveContinue reading “Condolences to Kayla Mueller’s Family”

In Honor of Mrs. T’s Life

For [s]he will never be shaken; The righteous will be remembered forever. Psalm 112:6 I believe I met Mrs. T on a Thursday night. It was a Thursday evening when I pulled into the Hope Lodge behind the university hospital. I parked and got ready to roll up my sleeves. The Hope Lodge is whereContinue reading “In Honor of Mrs. T’s Life”

$60 for a Life Diagnosis

This is my skeptical, dramatic face. By: Gabriela Yareliz “Some days are meant to be counted, others are meant to be weighed.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love This is how it all began: The weather has been hot, sticky and nauseating. Our air conditioner at work decides to give out when heat levels rise–you’dContinue reading “$60 for a Life Diagnosis”

When I fell in love with William

By: Gabriela Yareliz People leave different things behind after they die. Some leave furniture and clothes; some leave heartache; some leave a life of service; some leave money; some leave anger. After a life of service and love, I think one of the greatest things a person can leave behind are words– words that inspire;Continue reading “When I fell in love with William”

Condolences: Cardoza Family

By: Gabriela Yareliz This week was a difficult week because we lost a friend, Gabriel Cardoza. I ask that you keep the Cardoza family and friends in your prayers. Gabriel was such an amazing young guy. He had a soft, sweet temperament. It was easy to go on adventures and explore with him. He oftenContinue reading “Condolences: Cardoza Family”

Tony Evans: Faith in a dead situation

Thoughts from Tony Evans. 38 Jesus, intensely moved again, came to the tomb. (Now it was a cave, and a stone was placed across it.) 39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the deceased, replied, “Lord, by this time the body will have a bad smell, because he has been buriedContinue reading “Tony Evans: Faith in a dead situation”

Jab Tak Hai Jaan: Meera

By: Gabriela Yareliz NOTE: This is a character and movie analysis so: Spoiler Alert. Yash Chopra made his last film a deeply religious one. I don’t know if this reflects a belief he had close to the time of his death, or a philosophy or vision of God questioned or clung to. Perhaps it wasContinue reading “Jab Tak Hai Jaan: Meera”

Condolences: Stephen Colbert and Demi Lovato

By: Gabriela Yareliz Condolences go to Stephen Colbert because he lost his mother this past week, and to Demi Lovato, whose father just passed away. May they find the peace that only God gives and that the world cannot take away. Stephen Colbert: Lorna Colbert It is so beautiful to hear the wonderful memories heContinue reading “Condolences: Stephen Colbert and Demi Lovato”