We Trekked Across Cuba for Charity: A Mini-Memoir

By Jacqueline Jeynes
Jackie and her daughter-in-law
Margy Kennedy cross
the finish line in Cuba.

“How would you like to do something for charity?” I asked my daughter-in-law Margy one day. 

“Yes, why not?”

“Great. I've just signed us up for a charity challenge trek across Cuba.”

The charity is MIND in England and Wales. It provides advice and support, and campaigns to improve services, raise awareness, and promote understanding.

It is a few years since we got back from our trek in Cuba, but it seems like a lifetime away from the Caribbean sun, sea, and sand now that travel is restricted globally.

It was a well-organized trip with spectacular scenery and friendly locals who took great care

Our Vision Is a City Where No One Sleeps Outside: A Mini-Memoir

By Linda Brown

Linda and David  Brown
at Eden Village
Psalm 107:4–7 Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle. They were hungry. And thirsty, and their lives ebbed away. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble and he delivered them from their distress. He led them by a straight way to a city where they could settle.

In 2010, David and I moved to downtown Springfield, Missouri. We became very concerned when we saw homeless people wander the streets. With a small group of friends, we opened a place where we could offer coffee and doughnuts and get to know them, find out their story and build relationships. We called it The Gathering Tree because God is the roots, and the trunk and the branches are us and our friends, who are crooked, leafless and knobby, but together we make a beautiful tree.

No Money, Only Our Vision
We maintained TGT for about nine years, having to move from place to place because we were not welcomed, but we persevered, even doing street outreach until we finally found a permanent place. We had a drop-in-center for our homeless friends five nights a week where we

A Boy's Wilderness Adventure: A Mini-Memoir

By Jonathan Allen

Jonathan Allen
In 1996, seven of my closest friends and I, along with two Boy Scout leaders, set out on the journey of a lifetime. One early August morning we packed up our gear and left our families behind to spend ten days backpacking through the southern Rocky Mountains at the Philmont Scout Ranch in northeastern New Mexico. Over our ten-day journey, we hiked over ninety miles through a