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Found in Translation

Found in Translation

By Daniel Hopkins

It was a calm August morning in 2006 at Auschwitz, the infamous Nazi concentration camp where more than a million Jews were killed by Nazis during World War II ...

Frayed but not Broken

Frayed but not Broken

By Katie Smith

There’s no official training for people who give death notices. You might get a few pointers, a few dos and don’ts, but nothing prepares you to actually deliver the news that ...

A Sister's Prayer

A Sister's Prayer

“My sister and I came to America from Colombia when we were about three years old, and within a few months my parents got divorced. We grew up without a father figure in our lives,...

Death Did Not Win

Death Did Not Win

“For as far back as I can remember, I struggled with depression. One day it was so bad that I decided to research what would happen if I overdosed on one of my prescriptions. I was ...

A Knock at the Door

A Knock at the Door

“My mother was a practicing witch. She was always seeking spiritual truths and knowledge. One day, when I was in early elementary school, a woman came to our door and invited my mom...

True Community

True Community

By Naquanna Comeaux

When J. D. and Zaporia Hill first visited Gateway Church nearly 10 years ago, there were hardly any families who looked like theirs. Although the Hills felt welcome, the church was ...

Like an Eight Ball

Like an Eight Ball

“When I was about five years old, I was riding my bicycle on the wrong side of the road with my cousin, and I got hit by a car. Miraculously, I didn’t break a single bone in my body ...

Unlocking Hearts in the Middle East

Unlocking Hearts in the Middle East

By Georgette Shuler

In a dusty Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon, seven-year-old tents were draped with rags and repurposed plastic to cover gaps and holes born from wind, dust, and rain. This stop was one ...

Coming Full Circle

Coming Full Circle

By Naquanna Comeaux

Kerri Hupp never imagined the devastation she would experience 15 years after saying “I do.” The 42-year-old mother fought with all her strength to save her struggling marriage, but ...

Man of Courage

Man of Courage

By Daniel Hopkins

Three of John Paul Reyes’ friends tried to pull him into the car, but they couldn’t hold him back. Despite being outnumbered and surrounded in the wrong part of town, John Paul ...

Anchored

Anchored

By Katie Smith

There were three things Lisa Burkhardt Worley was afraid of. The first was snakes. (Unfortunately, that’s a story for another day.) The second was horses. This fear stemmed from one...

Every Kind of Mom

Every Kind of Mom

By Katie Smith

On the island of St. Croix, the weather is serene, hovering between the 80s and 90s year-round with cool breezes smelling of sea salt and hibiscus. Located next to Puerto Rico, the...

Alejandra Gerdes

Alejandra Gerdes

“My daughters saved my life. At the time, I was a single mom working nights as a surgical technician at a trauma hospital, so I could take care of my girls during the day. I...

Eric Priddy

Eric Priddy

“Last October, I decided to cut down a mulberry tree in my yard. I had a rusty old ax in the shed but for some reason I wasn’t in the mood to clean and sharpen it that day, so I went...

Bettye Petree

Bettye Petree

“We call ourselves the ‘Gateway Girls.’ Our group is mostly single or divorced ladies, except for me and a couple others. We meet upstairs at Whole Foods on the first and third...

Dancing into Freedom

Dancing into Freedom

By Katie Smith

The song swells and finishes with one booming note, voices blending in honeyed harmony, and everyone holds their ending pose with huge smiles. Sweat, smoke, and the sound of applause...

Cellblock Prayers

Cellblock Prayers

By Naquanna Comeaux

To many of the inmates at the Mark W. Michael Unit maximum-security prison, Wayne Edson is known as the man with the miracle story. A certified volunteer chaplain, Wayne has been...

Harvesting Hearts

Harvesting Hearts

By Georgette Shuler

When you journey 5500 miles east over the deep, blue Atlantic toward the old world, you’ll reach the small, tropical West African nation of Sierra Leone. A hotbed of distress for...

Summer Rogers

Summer Rogers

“I’ve always loved the drums and I could sit and watch drummers play forever. When I was 11 years old, I asked my parents for my first drum set, and at Christmas that year, they...

Thomas Jones

Thomas Jones

“Growing up, I’ve always been open to trying new things. I played football, tennis, sang in the choir, and participated in many extracurricular events at school. But when I thought...

Wayne Ross

Wayne Ross

“I’m an artist and I’ve been drawing and painting since I was in tenth grade, but I didn’t realize until later that my drawings are more than just art. My dreams inspire my art—I’ll...