Tuesday, April 23, 2013


Grau - Piura, Peru  (3 of 3 posts)
February  23, 2013

Cathy teaching with my quilt, God's Story Rope. 

Holding up their finished ropes at the end of the evening. 

Thursday, April 18, 2013


Grau Allianza Church - Piura, Peru (2 of 3 posts)   February 23, 2013
At the story rope workshop, this fellow wore his as a tie.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013


Grau - Piura, Peru (1 of 3 posts)
February 22, 2013

Flew back to Piura and presented at the Grau Allianza church. We had 50 women and men. They filled the room. 

I started out the teaching, sharing my story rope. Our friend Brenda translated. Then they made their story ropes. 

Friday, April 12, 2013


Miraflores - Lima, Peru 
February 18-20 (4 of 4 posts)
Always rapt attention listening to one another's stories around the table.

top photo: I'm on right side of table listening to my translator Thelma telling me the story. 
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Tuesday, April 9, 2013


April 2012  Nairobi, Kenya. (2 of 2 posts)  It went from “We don’t tell our stories” to talking about their stories as they sat making their ropes to everyone wanting to share their story in front of the group!   Finally this comment from one of these women after the story rope experience,  “I was forever changed.” 

Lori Duncan is back in Nairobi as I post this. Today her first photos are coming over Facebook of this years group sharing their story ropes! 

Sunday, April 7, 2013

NAIROBI, KENYA We Don't Tell Our Stories

Women's Leadership Conference
Nairobi, Kenya April 2012
(1 of 2 posts)

It was a year ago...that Lori Duncan came over to my studio to learn how to make a story rope.

I messaged her weeks before on FaceBook that I would be happy to teach her how to make a story rope before she left for Nairobi.

She contacted a day or two before departure, thinking it was probably too late.  But no it was not too late! In fact I even had leftover story rope - making materials from a recent to Africa that I would happy to give to her to use.

Lori came and we went over how to make a story rope. I told her that the secret was for those teaching to be transparent when sharing their own stories. Women in the west are perceived to have it all together-no issues, problems, struggles. Life is good.  She responded that each of them were ready to be transparent with their own stories.

When Lori and her friends arrived in Kenya, they shared what they were planning to do with the story rope.  The reaction was. “We don’t do that here. We don’t tell our stories.”

As you can see, they did make their stories ropes! Then what?  

To be continued. 


Miraflores – Lima, Peru (3 of 4 posts)

February 18-20

Of the 157 participants at Mirafores, 47 of them were men. We had the men sitting at their own tables.  Here is one of the groups beginning to share their stories. 

This man left with the story rope around his neck and a bounce in his step. He enjoyed going through the process.

Saturday, April 6, 2013


Miraflores – Lima, Peru (2 of 4 posts)
February 18-20

Shortly before leaving for Peru, Gabe Agostini, who had arranged our trip, asked if I would be willing to have men in the story rope workshop.  Male leaders at the Miraflores Allianza church in Lima were interested in attending. 

I said yes, expecting a small number of men at 1 workshop.  What would happen? Would the men come?  They did! 

To be continued in next post.


Miraflores – Lima, Peru
February 18-20, 2013 (1 of 4)

We flew back to Lima from Piura to do 6 Story Rope workshops in Miraflores. Here we are in the café at the church. *

On the right is Betty, Pastor of Women. What a great leader, deflecting any praise to God and the team people she led.

It was such an outstanding experience working with such high quality people on this trip.

All the meetings were held in this room with plenty of room for presenting and creating around the tables.

Attendees were leaders representing leaders from different ministries at the church.

(*Isabel at left - missionary to España)

Monday, April 1, 2013


Monterrico - Lima, Peru (7 of 7) 
Feb. 12, 2013 




and affirmation after...

listening to each other’s stories.