Holidays Abroad: Out-of-the-Box Celebrations

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It was late-night Christmas Eve for them and early Christmas morning for us and we were watching my family on FaceTime. They had jingling belly dancer scarves from Egypt and were doing funny dances to let us know they missed us. At that moment it felt so difficult to be away from family.

With holidays abroad, time with grandparents, parents, cousins, aunts and uncles becomes limited. Relationships can become distant. We have to work harder to keep the connection and make the effort to keep in touch.

But on the flip side? When holidays roll around, we’re somewhat on our own, choosing if we want to celebrate with friends or teammates, church members or other people from our community. read more

Missionary Nurse: Journal Pages from a Week in the Life

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Sheri Kretzschmar serves in Guatemala as a missionary nurse with Health Talents International. She and her colleagues work with the local Churches of Christ, conducting mobile medical clinics in surrounding communities–where together, they demonstrate Jesus’ compassion.

Sheri lets us lean over her shoulder during an uncharacteristically busy surgery week of patients from local villages.

Sunday, February 11

Let the surgeries begin! read more

A Missionary with Mental Health Issues: Alyson’s Story

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Since COVID-19 left me stranded in a remote part of Tanzania, I’ve been bemoaning the items I left behind.

First, I missed the comfort foods, a certain pair of shoes, an extra skirt. Then one day I realized that I was on my last few anxiety pills. As my supply dwindled, any of their positive effects were undone by my mounting fear of surviving without them. read more