An image of a stained glass windo in Colombia.
Nov 1 2017

On love, courage and sainthood

An image of a stained glass windo in Colombia.
Every week we offer a prayerful reflection from a member of the Unbound community. This week our reflection was written by Senior Writer Larry Livingston.

On Saturday, Sept. 23, I had two saints on my mind. One was my mother, whose funeral was that day. The other was Father Stanley Rother, a priest from Oklahoma who’d been martyred in 1981 in Guatemala.
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Oct 25 2017

Walking a path into solidarity


Every week we offer a prayerful reflection from a member of the Unbound community. This week our reflection was written by Managing Editor Loretta Shea Kline.

Fostering relationships of mutual respect, understanding and support between sponsors and their sponsored friends is central to our mission at Unbound, and prayer plays an important part in those relationships.

In my travels around the world to gather stories, I’ve interviewed numerous children, young adults, elders and family members who said they pray for their sponsors every day. I’ve also talked with sponsors who remember their sponsored friends in prayer.
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Oct 18 2017

Hope, love and a brighter future


Every week we offer a prayerful reflection from a member of the Unbound community. This week our reflection was written by Outreach Volunteer Coordinator Clair Paul.

Yesterday, Oct. 17, we recognized the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. We at Unbound, with the support of our sponsors, are working to one day see a world in which nobody is kept from reaching their potential because of poverty.
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An image of a young girl smiling.
Oct 11 2017

Nurturing our girls, protecting our future

An image of a young girl smiling.
Every week we offer a prayerful reflection from a member of the Unbound community. This week our reflection was written by Regional Project Director Ernest Makulilo.

On Oct. 11, we celebrate International Day of the Girl Child. The purpose of the day is to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. This year’s theme is “Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress.”
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An image of hands clasped in prayer.
Oct 2 2017

In moments like these, we must pray

An image of hands clasped in prayer.
Every week we offer a prayerful reflection from a member of the Unbound community. This week our reflection was written by Senior Writer Larry Livingston.

“Do not be conquered by evil but conquer evil with good.” Romans 12:21

On Sunday evening, what’s being called the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history occurred in Las Vegas. At this writing, the death toll has exceeded 50 and the number of those injured is past 400.
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An archive image of Father Stanley Rother at a carnival in Guatemala.
Sep 27 2017

Love in action: Father Stanley Rother

An image of the church in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala, where Father Stanley Rother served.

The church in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala, where Father Stanley Rother served.

Every week we offer a prayerful reflection from a member of the Unbound community. This week our reflection was written by Writer/Editor Maureen Lunn.

It was early 1980s Guatemala and Unbound was soon to be founded. The love, generosity and solidarity that first infused our program, and still does, was already in action on the ground there.

Father Stanley Francis Rother had been serving in the Oklahoma City archdiocese’s mission in Santiago Atitlan for more than 12 years. When the Catholic Church became a target in the Guatemalan civil war, Father Stan was murdered. Decades later, he would become the first recognized Catholic martyr born in the United States.

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Photo by Igor Ovsyannykov on Unsplash.
Sep 20 2017

Sustained by the power of God

Photo by Igor Ovsyannykov on Unsplash.
Every week we offer a prayerful reflection from a member of the Unbound community. This week our reflection was written by Senior Writer Larry Livingston.

“But we hold this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body.” 2 Cor. 4:7-10.

The past few weeks have seen an extraordinary number of natural disasters impacting areas of Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and the U.S. As I write this, we are also starting to hear reports of flooding in the Philippines. The traumas people are experiencing during and after these events remind us just how vulnerable we human beings are. We are, indeed, earthen vessels.
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A photo o f the 9/11 Memorial in New York City.
Sep 11 2017

Remembering who we are

An image of the 9/11 Memorial Plaza in New York City.

The 9/11 Memorial Plaza in New York City. Photo by Axel Houmadi.

Every week we offer a prayerful reflection from a member of the Unbound community. This week our reflection was written by Community Outreach and Media Relations Director Andrew Kling.

I was living in midtown Manhattan on September 11. When the first tower fell, I ran downtown to try to help. The hospitals were swarmed with people giving blood, so I kept going. The second tower fell. From the other direction, so many people passed, covered in ash. I remember passing another hospital, medical students standing outside, with gurneys with bright white sheets, blowing softly in the breeze and shining in the fall sun, waiting to receive casualties. Later I would learn that once the towers fell, there were no casualties to receive. Those gurneys would remain empty.

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Sep 6 2017

Shared struggle in a storm

Updated September 19, 2017

This blog was originally posted in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Since then we have seen additional catastrophic events, including Hurricane Irma and two severe earthquakes in Mexico. At this writing, Puerto Rico is bracing for Hurricane Maria, reminding us, yet again, of the need for ongoing vigilance in the face of nature.

We know that the sentiments expressed below from our friends in the Philippines extend to those impacted by subsequent events in addition to Hurricane Harvey.

Every week we offer a prayerful reflection from a member of the Unbound community. This week our reflection was written by Senior Writer Larry Livingston.

Those impacted by Hurricane Harvey have been very much in our hearts and minds over the past week. We commend to God’s care all our brothers and sisters in the affected areas of Texas and Louisiana as they begin their long road to recovery.

We are mindful, too, of the victims of severe flooding in parts of Africa and Asia, and Tropical Storm Lidia in Mexico. We keep them in our prayers as well, as we do those impacted by a mudslide that took place late last week in an area of Costa Rica where Unbound works. At this writing, we have reports of three sponsored children and their families whose homes have been damaged or destroyed.
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An image of a mother in Tanzania with her children.
Aug 30 2017

One big family of parents and children

An image of a mother in Tanzania with her children.

Every week we offer a prayerful reflection from a member of the Unbound community. This week our reflection was written by Regional Project Director Ernest Makulilo.

One of the happiest moments of my life was the day I became a parent. Holding my son, Benedikt, gave me new perspective on my life. I completely changed from going about my day-to-day for myself, and began thinking about the future of my child. I appreciated and thanked God for the gift of life.

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