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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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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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Sunshine and Shadow

Finding the balance of sunshine and shadow in all missionary service challenges each member of a family who serves in an overseas cultural context. Treasuring the important while maintaining the essential as illustrated by the disparity of the life led by the missionary and those with whom they serve that this update shares.

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Brain Changer

It amuses and instructs us when medical science “catches up” with the everlasting truths that our Lord already revealed through His Word. In recent years, much has been written about neuroplasticity in the brain. Gratitude and positive thinking grow neuron networks in the left prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that helps us seek solutions to problems. As we travel along seeding the hope that comes with the Gospel through Community Health Evangelism, we are learning the power of thanksgiving. Learn it with us to hold onto what is good, grow some neurons, and solve some problems. We bid all who read a daily, Happy Thanksgiving!

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