Skill Question

By | Polls

How much does it cost to build an accessible home in Ethiopia?

Answer: $15,000 is the cost to build a home in Ethiopia. We are partnering with Habitat for Humanity in Ethiopia to give 40 families living with disability in poverty a new home! Read more.

Molasses Sugar Cookies like your grandmom used to make.

By | Recipes

Nothing says Mother’s Day like a batch of homemade cookies. And nothing says Grandma like rolling those cookies in sugar before you bake ‘em.


  • ½ cup butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup (packed) dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour, spooned in
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1-1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • ½ tsp cloves
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Sugar for rolling


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Melt butter in a medium-sized pot. When just melted, remove from heat and stir in the white and brown sugar. Stir in the molasses then the egg, mixing well.
  3. Stir in flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt just until combined.
  4. Place rolling sugar in a small bowl.
  5. Scoop dough by the tablespoon and roll into balls. Roll in sugar and set on prepared sheet, about 2” apart.
  6. Bake 10-12 minutes. Once set, remove to wire racks and let cool completely.
  7. Makes 20-22 cookies

Superfood Smothered in Love – Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

By | Recipes

Raise the bar this year by giving your bestie the most delicious superfood they’ve ever tasted. That’s love in action.

20 large strawberries with leaves. Rinsed and patted dry.
1 cup dark chocolate (preferably Fair Trade so you can spread the love), cut into small pieces
1 tablespoon coconut oil


  1. Add ½ cup water to bottom of the double boiler. Bring water to a simmer
  2. Add dark chocolate pieces and coconut oil to top boiler
  3. Stir chocolate mixture until smooth
  4. Remove chocolate from heat and set aside
  5. Line large cookie sheet with parchment paper
  6. Pick up strawberries by the leaves and dip the bottom half into the chocolate mixture
  7. Lift and allow the excess chocolate to drip off
  8. Set strawberries on parchment paper
  9. Strawberries are ready to eat in 30 minutes
  10. Try not to eat too many
  11. Put into a heart-shaped box
  12. Give to your honey… and show them that you love them so much that you care about their health too!
Shirley Holden holding the 2018 prayer diary

From the Desk of Shirley Holden

By | General

I’ve been receiving the prayer diary for at least 14 years. I feel like I know some of the partners in the prayer diary personally because I’ve been praying for them for so long. I’ve watched their children grow throughout the years.

The Prayer Diary helps me to know what to pray for more specifically. Not only do I pray for the organization, I’m also so thankful for the prayer cards that I received from Hope and Healing International staff after they prayed for myself and my family.

I pray short prayers often throughout the day. Some of these prayers are to tell God how beautiful a flower is or something I see in the world. I’ve learned to pray Scripture prayers and praise and find this helped me considerably. Praise Him!

Shirley Holden

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