An image of Unbound moms sitting in a circle.
Nov 15 2017

Staying true to the mission of Christ’s hope

Your weekly reflection from Unbound

An image of Unbound moms sitting in a circle.
Every week we offer a prayerful reflection from a member of the Unbound community. This week our reflection was written by contributing writer Maureen Lunn.

One of the first things I learned when I came to be a part of the Unbound community was that there’s a strong connection to the organization’s co-founders and the communities Unbound serves.

I learned that Unbound is all about relationships. Authentic relationships.

Authenticity can be a tricky word, often confused with honesty or accuracy. To be authentic means to stay true, to be real, not to imitate or have false appearances. At Unbound, it’s among the set of values we adhere to when it comes to leadership.

This tenet of authenticity in our commitment to gentle, balanced leadership calls us back to the values of our co-founders and keeps us true to the families we serve. It’s reminiscent of Paul’s letter to Timothy, in which he writes that the authentic faith he saw in Timothy, he recognized in Timothy’s mother and grandmother (2 Timothy 1:5). This message is echoed in Unbound today. So much of what I’ve learned about our co-founders and the sponsored children and families first served by Unbound more than 35 years ago, I see reflected today in our staff and the families participating in our programs.

For us, authenticity means to stay true to who we are and who God has called us to be from the beginning. The result is a global family whose members aim to continually remind one another that God is with us, and in us, no matter who we are or where we live.

That is the mystery that binds us together as one authentic community: Christ in you, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27).

Please pray

Oh God, you are the one true God. Thank you for revealing yourself to us through your Spirit and your son, Jesus Christ. Help us to stay true to who you are, remembering that you are the one who empowers us to better our world with hope, love and authentic service. In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

An image of a woman wearing an Unbound Trailblazer shirt.
Nov 13 2017

The change one shirt can make

Representing Unbound on the Notre Dame Trail

An image of a woman wearing an Unbound Trailblazer shirt.

Sponsor Lisa Hendey on the fifth day of the Notre Dame Trail, a 320-mile walking and biking journey in Indiana.


By Lisa M. Hendey, founder of CatholicMom.com and Unbound sponsor

When I applied up to be a “core pilgrim” for the Notre Dame Trail, I had no idea how my life would be impacted by the simple act of walking. Having spotted information about the 320-mile pilgrimage being undertaken by my alma mater in honor of the university’s 175th anniversary, I decided to go for it and apply.

One special day in the fall of 2016, I received a package letting me know that I’d been selected. Included was an intense training schedule. Suddenly, reality set in: Could I, a 54-year-old non-athlete, be ready to cover that distance in time?
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Unbound scholar Rosaura from Guatemala.
Nov 11 2017

Give Tomorrow: Rosaura’s story

Watch our latest video to learn how your support helps young people build a better future

Students in the countries where Unbound serves are getting a step above the rest through education. They’re making plans for the future and pursuing their educational goals — from secondary school to vocational training to university — and Unbound’s scholarship program is helping them along the way.

In this video, you’ll meet Rosaura in Guatemala. You’ll learn about the hardships of her past, and about her experience as an Unbound scholar and what that means for her future.

“I want to get ahead,” Rosaura said. “I’m giving the best of me because I know nothing is impossible with this scholarship I have.”

Watch now!

Students are building better futures with the help of Unbound scholarships. When you give to our Education fund, you’re helping them along the way. You’re playing a part in their tomorrow.

Stay tuned this month to learn how our scholarship program helps young people around the world and why it works.

Nov 8 2017

Finding support in times of change

Your weekly reflection from Unbound


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

“Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

Change can be a hard thing to accept. Even good change can bring anxiety. But for most, with proper planning and time to mentally prepare, even big changes can become exciting and provide new opportunities.
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An image of a stained glass windo in Colombia.
Nov 1 2017

On love, courage and sainthood

Your weekly reflection from Unbound

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 28 2017

The gift of accompaniment carries us forward

Reflections from Madagascar


By Regina Mburu, Unbound’s communications liaison for Africa

Visiting Madagascar, the fourth largest island in the world, I felt the refreshing breeze of renewed energy and excitement blowing my way.

Madagascar is located off the east coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. I was a bit nervous about the weather because the last time I visited, which was four years ago, there was a day that was so chilly I had to ask for extra blankets from the hotel where I was staying. It was a pleasant welcome when I arrived to see a brilliant blue sky and feel the sun’s rays cast their glow on my skin.

My colleagues from our program in Madagascar were waiting for me at the airport. As it is often said, a radiant smile is the universal sign of welcome. I felt welcomed.
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Oct 25 2017

Walking a path into solidarity

Your weekly reflection from Unbound


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 21 2017

Thatch, tin and timber

A focus on the realities of housing

Cynthia (right) and her mom, Pamela, in Kenya, enjoy the new home they built with the assistance of Cynthia’s sponsorship benefits. Their previous home was a hut with a thatched roof that exposed them to the elements. In this new home, they feel secure.

This fall, we’re exploring the realities of housing for families around the world through blog posts, social media and print publications.

In the latest edition of Impact, you’ll read about families in Medellin, Colombia, who live in precarious homes so far up steep hills that their main form of transportation is a cable car. You’ll also learn about how housing in Kenya can be vastly different if you live in a rural community compared to an urban one.

Check out the current issue of Impact, and be on the lookout for more stories about housing in our upcoming edition of Living Unbound, scheduled to be published in December.

Have you made a Christmas Fund donation yet? Look for the donation envelope inside your copy of Impact or visit unbound.org/Christmas to make your contribution today!

Oct 18 2017

Hope, love and a brighter future

Your weekly reflection from Unbound


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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Oct 14 2017

‘There’s always a light’

Sponsored youth Damaris, 23, has faced an uphill battle since childhood to complete her education. Nevertheless, she’s close to reaching her goal of a college degree in human resources.


Every path out of poverty is lined with obstacles. Damaris’ journey has been extraordinarily difficult.

Most sponsored children need additional support to help them continue their studies past primary school. For Damaris, it took sponsorship support and her willingness to work while attending school to afford her living and education expenses.
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Every path out of poverty is lined with obstacles. Damaris’ journey has been extraordinarily difficult. Most sponsored children need additional support to help them continue their studies past primary school. For Damaris, it took sponsorship support and her willingness to work while attending school to afford her living and education expenses.

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