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Hey! Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope that it encourages and challenges you as you consider what it means to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God.

You may be wondering who I am (maybe not!). Let me tell you a  bit about myself.

I am a follower of Jesus who is so very thankful for grace and mercy and who is learning how to share that with others. I am in the process of learning what it means to live under grace; to love God with all my heart, soul and mind; and to love others as I love myself.

I grew up as an MK (missionary kid) in Latin America–it was a wonderful experience and I thank my parents for obeying God’s call on their lives. This experience was very formative in my life and, I believe, was used by God to plant a seed in me, a seed that has grown into a passion for understanding and learning to live out God’s call to pour my life out on behalf of the poor and oppressed.

I’ve spent a little time in various countries, including Guatemala and Zambia, where poverty smacked me in the face. I spent about a year hanging out twice a month with some homeless friends in Chicago. I also taught for 3 years in an upper middle class high school where I met young people greatly influenced by their culture–one who said to me that we are not responsible for people dying in other countries and that if they want to kill each other, let them because it’s not our problem (so, I did consider tendering my resignation at that moment and moving to a small hut in the middle of the bush in Africa), and one who asked me why no one had ever told him about the genocide in Rwanda (he ended up traveling to Rwanda and had his life turned upside down for Jesus and the poor).

I also worked for nearly 4 years at a non-profit that resettles refugees in the United States. Many of my early thoughts and stories for this blog stemmed from my daily interactions with these refugees and their stories. Other thoughts and comments come from extensive reading and discussions with fellow practitioners and fellow journeymen.

I am married to a wonderful, godly, funny, cute, creative (okay, okay, I’ll stop) man who, with me, is seeking to live out a life of justice. We often stumble in this pursuit but what a joy it is to walk this life together and to push each other along towards living the abundant life that Jesus offers and then sharing it with others. We have a delightful son who keeps us laughing and praying, and we are asking God how to help us teach him to have a heart for justice.

I pray that this blog will be a blessing both to you and to me and that it will bring honor to our Lord.

–Susan Eyk

"Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, 'Here I am.' If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. And the LORD will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in." -Isaiah 58:6-12