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the truth that saves us all

For God so loved the world. Maybe the most well-known words from the sacred book I’ve been reading all my life. For God so loved the world.  Six simple, monosyllabic words — but words that matter more than anything else that can be said about God. To borrow from the poet Christian Wyman, in this grain […]

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friday nights and sunday mornings

Good Friday reminds me of what I learned in Togo, when I contracted malaria and wondered why I couldn’t get out of bed if I was loved by the God who raised Jesus from the dead.  I wrote about it in my upcoming book WELL, and I wanted to share it with you this morning […]

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good and faithful

I am heartbroken this morning. Todd DeKryger, a physician assistant and the medical director of the Hospital of Hope where I worked in Togo for three months last year passed away yesterday. He had malaria, and then some other infection that they could never find or treat.  When his condition worsened, they arranged for him […]

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loved

Here’s the next blog in the Known, Loved, Wanted, Precious & Free Series! *** The first half of 2015 was a little rough.  I was in the most intense spiritual darkness I’d been in — maybe ever. And then I went to Togo. While I was there,  when the Internet was working (which was a […]

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compassion: part II

Felix lives less than two miles from the Compassion center. We climb into the director’s car.  I’m sitting in the front passenger seat, and Felix is in the back seat with Ben, the videographer. As we’re driving out of the parking lot, I ask Felix if we can take a selfie. “Okay, say cheese!” He […]

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compassion: part I

On my last weekend in Togo, I visited a Compassion International site in Lome, the capitol city. I’ve been a spokesperson with Compassion for the past year, a non-profit whose mission is to “release children from poverty in the name of Jesus.”  They go into the poorest neighborhoods in the poorest developing countries and partner […]

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welcome home

I imagined it at least a hundred times. When I was sick with malaria, when I was exhausted after a 28 hour shift, when the hospital ran out of water, when I lost a patient I’d tried so hard to save, I closed my eyes and imagined coming home. Stepping on the plane in Togo, falling asleep […]