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Inhale…Dear God…Exhale

Inhale…Dear God…Exhale… My prayer lasted less than a minute, but I poured out my heart, anxiety, and hopes to God as I pleaded for His wisdom and grace.

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Pregnancy, Pre-Eclampsia, and the Pandemic

Pre-Eclampsia is a pregnancy complication that effects some women, usually in the second half of pregnancy. Due to many our consultations being pregnant women, we are always on the lookout for this complication.  

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Grace Touches

Some gifts shimmer with God’s glory. We regularly experience such grace touches. Debbie recently spent hours online and on the phone, to get a voucher for our return trip(s) to Africa. We annulled the second leg of our expected August travel with no fee since COVID-19 responses canceled a flight. For now, we leave our return date(s) open. We see two tripwires to schedule it. One, …

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New Friends

Travel Tips to Trust

It is interesting to observe how fears decrease with a fuller understanding of the COVID-19 disease. Frequently when we share with others, confidence grows that God develops a shared understanding to overcome the pandemic . . . . stressing out about things we cannot individually control only WEAKENS our human immune systems over time.

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Below Surface

Beneath the surface of COVID-19 realities lies greater dangers for Cote d’Ivoire and African nation-states. Several of our Ivorian friends anticipate that economic fallout from the response will outweigh the medical impact on who lives and dies. Family-run roadside businesses close. Gathered crops rot because of transport limitations in and out of the economic capital. Threats to national security by . . .

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Appearances

Appearances are not always as they seem. That reality resonated with Debbie this week. For a few days, she helped her parents, Eddie and Sandra Payne, sort through belongings. Within the year, they hope to move to a one-level dwelling more suited to their octogenarian health and lifestyle. She enjoyed the side benefit of new tales from their missionary career. The following is a story she heard that we reflect upon as our nation reels from sectarian-propagated violence.

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Feasting CRISIS

We sense peace and stability when food in the house suffices to feed the family. Birds sense the same, too! Similarly, pandemic experiences drive home to Ivorians that churches using Community Health Evangelism (CHE) and Discovery Bible Studies (DBS) disseminate truth in culture more effectively. The peace and stability of Shalom reign in real life.

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