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SCATTER STORIES: How Clinical Excellence Done in Love Points to Jesus

Dr. Joseph Daniel's Story – Physician in the Middle East “I’m an ordinary doctor who instead of working in a suburb in the West, I happen to work in the Middle East.” Dr. Joseph Daniel (JD) is a western-trained physician who has been working overseas for the past seven years. “I’m a Christian who happens to be a doctor,” he sa...

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The Holiness of Rest

I remember the first alarm clock I got as a kid. The clicking of the literal turn of time could be heard through the night. One minute. Click. 3 a.m. Click. As I reflect on it now, I was measuring my sleep without even knowing it. Far more sophisticated devices now can easily measure the quality of our sleep, not merely its length. Frankly, though, the real measure of the qual...

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SCATTER STORIES: How an HR Executive Reflects Jesus at Work

Williams' Story – HR Executive in South Africa “God made me better with people,” Williams says simply. Williams is a Human Resources executive in South Africa. “That strength came through Christ – and then it just fit into my career.” With a background in HR, Williams started out in the tech industry. “I found that I had a knack ...

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Jesus - Echo, Signpost, Redeemer

I’ve always loved Christmas. Growing up in the snowy prairies of Canada, this was a time of endless outdoor fun. Our tradition celebrated well. Food, extended family, ice skating while celebrating the majestic and mysterious story of Jesus, Immanuel, God with us – the All Creating One becoming 100% human and pitching his tent on this planet next to our own. The wonder sur...

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What Does Community Look Like Overseas?

Taking a job in another country can be a thrilling experience — it means stepping into new social and business cultures, experiencing people and places that are different than your norm. But it can also be intimidating. One of the biggest questions we’re asked centers around finding and building that all-important community in your new country. Stephanie and her husband spen...

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Recovering the Dignity and Mission of Work

“What do you do?” This is a common question asked whenever meeting someone new. It's one we all answer differently based on our day- to-day activities. One might answer, “I’m a student," “I work in such- and-such industry,” or “I’m the mother of four children.” (She might rightly respond that she does four full-time j...

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SCATTER STORIES: Living a Life of Radical Generosity

Paige's Story – Financial Planner “It’s just an industry of incredible opportunity,” Paige shares. “The minute you start talking about money with people, everything else comes out with it.” Paige is a Financial Planner, an entrepreneur, and business owner. “Especially when trust and respect are built with clients, it gives an organic plat...

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Living an Adventure Led by God – Part 2

By Sarah Galloway, Nurse Practitioner in the Middle East. There we were, practically boarding our international flight, when we got word that our COVID-19 PCR tests had not been accepted by the authorities in our new country. The PCR tests that we had paid hundreds of dollars to get at just the right time so this wouldn’t happen — yes, those. This was not the way we wa...

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Living an Adventure Led by God – Part 1

By Sarah Galloway, Nurse Practitioner in the Middle East It’s been almost two years now, but it seems like last week: the 2019 Global Missions Health Conference, my fifth in six years. Southeast Christian Church, Louisville, Kentucky. About 200 mission organizations, thousands of people, all talking about health care and Christian ministry — two of my deepest passions. ...

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A Kingdom Principle in a Childhood Fairytale

Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, The Ugly Duckling, illustrates the meaning of an academic term called reflected appraisals. This important term, used by social scientists in identity research, refers to the notion that our self-identity is in part, shaped and misshaped by the appraisal/opinion of those in our social network. As you may remember, the ugly duckling was actually...

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