In a Word

At Blackbox International, we say a few words over and over again. Words like change. “The story must change,” we say, and “Be the change.” We repeat words like help and healing, restoration and freedom. And another word we love to say: HOPE. We help boys find healing...

I Woke Up

I hadn’t been writing for Blackbox long—only a few weeks into hearing the stories of trafficking and exploitation—when I started to have dreams. Not the typical senseless dreams, with flying people and talking animals. These were heavy dreams—oppressive nightmares...

Tell It Like It Isn’t

My youngest daughter has the gift–which at times is a curse–for telling it like it is. Molly has no problem with “speaking the truth,” but the “in love” part can be a bit tricky. To be blunt, she’s, well, blunt. “Should I bring you the thermometer, Mama?” she asked at...

Secrets

“Our secrets,” counselors often say, “make us sick.” It’s true. Anything harbored and hidden can lead to poor emotional or spiritual health. From ignoring a conflict in marriage, to hiding emotional wounds in childhood, denying a pain doesn’t make it go away. It only...

Redwoods

The California Redwoods tower 300 feet overhead, and average 30 feet in diameter and 94 feet in circumference. The tallest of them all is nearly 380 feet—more than six stories taller than the Statue of Liberty! To put it simply, they’re enormous. It would seem that...

Make a Wish

On the chalkboard at the Blackbox International house, the counselor wrote a discussion question for the boys: If you could have one wish, what would it be? How would you answer? And if you asked your kids, what would they wish for? The boys in our Dominican Republic...