A Beggar Kissed Me Today

It was a brief transaction, simple, I thought, but much bigger than I may have realized. A glimpse. A moment. I was on my way to the grocery store to buy veggies for my wife when a middle aged man approa...

Letters To Lorna From Liberia, Hour:286

There are so many layers of poverty, from the flaky outer shell to the sweetish center. But like an onion, the whole thing will make you cry. As a traveled American, it's hard for me to swallow the poverty s...

These Beggars Are Bothersome

The beggars have really been bothering me lately. They always put me in a public spectacle, testing my generosity and Christian concern. They make me think long and hard about injustice and poverty. And the ...

I Am Not A Beggar, I Am An Advocate

"Have we really started fundraising, or have we just sent a few emails?" That's the question I'm considering right now, for myself and for our team at Within Reach Global. Most of the time I'm afraid we are ...

Letters To Lorna From Liberia, Hour:93

Excerpt from Letters To Lorna From Liberia by David Joannes Hour:93 "Go get yourself some coffee, babe," Ray Joe tells me this morning at breakfast. That's not the first time he has called me that. "He...

The Memories I Made Up, The Beggar

Excerpt from The Memories I Made Up by David Joannes The Beggar  I have to describe my memories with words, inadequate as I know they are. I’m sure you know the feeling too. We see the men...

Liberian Orphans Will Break Your Heart

It's a long flight via Dubai and Brussels from Manila to Monrovia. Or from anywhere to Liberia for that matter. Maybe that's why Liberian orphans are so forgotten, overlooked and left out of the chasms o...

Five Year Old Li Yan’s Heart Surgery

It has always been our heart to reach out to the poor and forgotten, and five year old Wa girl Li Yan is a perfect example. In June, we heard about Li Yan through our co-workers at The Edge center near Mya...