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Nicholas Kristof, in a brilliant story about Tererai Trent, reminds us of what we can do through the simple gifts of charity to parts of the world where both money and opportunity are scarce beyond our comprehension. This is the first post in a series we will do about orphans, and when we are done I have an exciting new opportunity to offer you, readers of the Jesus Creed blog, to do something about orphans. But, first … read this clip and then go to the article at the link above.

Any time anyone tells you that a dream is impossible, any time you’re discouraged by impossible challenges, just mutter this mantra: Tererai Trent.


Of all the people earning university degrees this year, perhaps the most remarkable story belongs to Tererai (pronounced TEH-reh-rye), a middle-aged woman who is one of my heroes. She is celebrating a personal triumph, but she’s also a monument to the aid organizations and individuals who helped her. When you hear that foreign-aid groups just squander money or build dependency, remember that by all odds Tererai should be an illiterate, battered cattle-herd in Zimbabwe and instead — ah, but I’m getting ahead of my story.

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