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Episode 38 Survivors–Interview with Sandra Uwiringiy’imana 8-27-12

August 27th, 2012 · Comments

Sandra Uwiringiy'imana and her family are survivors of a massacre that occured in a UN-sponsored refugee camp named "Gatumba," in Burundi, Africa, August 13, 2004. Now living in the United States, Sandra, a high school senior, put together a multi-media exhibition entitled "Survivors" that lifts up the story of the massacre and expresses a passionate prayer for peace. In our conversation, Sandra shares her story of growing up in the Democratic Republic of Congo and what led her family to be living as refugees in Gatumba, describes the events of the night of the massacre and the months following it, and what she nows plans to do with her life.

For more information about the Gatumba massacre, visit Gatumba Refugees Survivors Foundation website at

For more information about the Foundation of Hope, visit their website at


Tags: Interviews · Girls · Advocacy · Refugees

Episode 37 Multicultural Ministries with Rev. Liz Congdon 8-13-12

August 13th, 2012 · Comments

d30a78928ef7d21b91f9bcc792abb84c_c1z5.jpgRev. Elizabeth (Liz) Congdon is pastor of First Baptist Church of Trenton, New Jersey, a congregation that includes over 15 different language groups creating Christian community. In this conversation, Rev. Congdon describes the many challenges and the many blessings of being part of such a community.

For more information about the First Baptist Church of Trenton, visit their website.


Tags: Children in Poverty · Advocacy · Refugees

Episode 32: Somalian Women and Girls–Sadiya Omar 6-4-12

June 4th, 2012 · Comments

I'm back from sabbatical and so pleased to be able to bring you a conversation I had with Sadiya Omar, a leader in the Somalian community in my hometown. Sadiya shares with us issues facing women and girls in Somalian refugee camps, as well as the life of refugees relocated to the U.S.

In this conversation, Sadiya references several organizations. Here are the links if you would like more information

United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR):

Lutheran World Federation's involvement with Somalian refugees:

Office of Refugee Resettlement (U.S. federal government): (Look on the left-hand side of the page for the interactive U.S. map that will help you find nearby resettlement agencies.)


Tags: Interviews · Children in Poverty · Girls · Advocacy · Refugees · Leadership development

Episode 15: Podcasts on Global Women’s Issues May 23 2011

May 23rd, 2011 · Comments

There are a few other podcasts out there that may help you learn more about global issues facing women and girls. In this episode, I share with you what my research has turned up. I also discovered that In Their Shoes: Women Walking with Women Worldwide is pretty unique in what it does! There is also information in the episode about how to spread the news about your favorite podcasts with others--you can easily tell your friends, family members, fellow church-goers, and anyone else which podcasts you find most helpful and interesting to listen to!

Mentioned in this episode (all available through iTunes; direct links provided here, or just search iTunes for the titles):

Women's Coalition of Zimbabwe (podcast)

Forced Migration Online (podcast)

Forced Migration Online Documentaries (vidcast)

UNICEF (podcast)

(Not mentioned in episode but also available: UNICEF Television Vodcast (vidcast))

United Nations Radio (podcast)

Ending Human Trafficking (podcast)

Global Women's Network (podcast)

Say No to Violence Against Women (podcast)

UNIFEM (vidcast)


Tags: Human trafficking · Maternal Health · Children in Poverty · Girls · Economic empowerment · At-Risk Youth · Advocacy · Refugees · Leadership development · Social enterprise · Resource Recommendations

Episode 010: United Nations Commission on the Status of Women March 14 2011

March 14th, 2011 · Comments

IMAG0630.jpgIn this episode of "In Their Shoes," four of us who attended the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women share our experiences with you. UNCSW was the last week of February and the first week of March this year (2011). Four of us from American Baptist Women's Ministries, including one senior in high school, participated in several days of workshops in the "parallel events" hosted by a variety of NGOs from all over the world.

For more information on the 2011 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, click here.

For more information on the Millenium Development Goals and the focus areas of UNCSW, click here.


Tags: Interviews · Human trafficking · Maternal Health · Children in Poverty · Girls · Economic empowerment · At-Risk Youth · Advocacy · Events · Refugees · Leadership development · Social enterprise

Episode 007: Dr. Esther Byu of Burma January 31 2011

January 31st, 2011 · Comments

Esther-Byu-2011.jpgJoin me in meeting Dr. Esther Byu, retired executive secretary of the International Least Coin Foundation, related to Church Women United here in the U.S. Raised in Burma, Dr. Byu has worked in women's ministries in international settings for much of her ministry career. Executive director of AB Women's Ministries Virginia Holmstrom had the opportunity to have some conversation with Dr. Byu about the situation in Burma, what she's experience in women's ministries, and what her hopes are for the future.


Tags: Interviews · Refugees · Leadership development