"Never Alone"

Never Alone | Compassion That Compels
by Danielle Stepp When you hear the word “coal,” many things may cross your mind. For me, it means home. Growing up in the foothills of the Appalachia Mountains in eastern Kentucky, mining coal was just a way of life.  We had many stereotypes in that part of the country. People called us uneducated hillbillies… Read More

"Body Image"

by Jennifer Smith I’ve struggled with body image since college. I remember making the transition from wearing bikini bottoms to wearing boy shorts, then preferring a one piece, and eventually dreading bathing suit season altogether. I didn’t want to wear sleeveless shirts or even shorts for that matter.  Although summer is my favorite season, I longed for winter… Read More

"Why Me?"

by Katie Poole Why me?  I have stumbled across this question frequently over the last year and a half. I first asked it  when I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer at 23 years old. Why me?  I was one of the healthiest members of my family, and I had no family history of cancer. It… Read More

"Bring a Little Sunshine"

a Mission Monday story from Altar’D State A few weeks ago, a woman named Roberta and her sister, Debbie, came into Altar’D State. Roberta was looking for an outfit to wear to a rehearsal dinner. Debbie was wearing a hat and had a mask over her face. I commented on what a beautiful day it… Read More