Crap Happens

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What kind of crap? Well, when a 9 year old girl named Chance risks everything to tell the story of how her parents were killed in front of her, her aunt gang raped by soldiers, and how one raped her. You can see her in the video here: I’ve already ranted on the problem of pain in my last post …

Ah…the Problem of Pain

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Tragedy has struck again. The earthquake that has instantly destroyed thousands of lives in Haiti not only shook up the world geologically, but shakes the foundations of those with solid faith. Because we have such a hard time answering the question that stares us down in the face of massive suffering: Why would God allow it to happen? Last night, …

Christians and their attacks on Christmas

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I’m fascinated by all these news of Christians attacking Christmas (who would’ve thought googling Christians, Attack, Christmas, would turn out with so many results!) There’s one camp of Christians, led by orgs like Focus on the Family, who stage campaigns and rail against the secular commercial industry for taking the Christ out of Christmas. These guys don’t like how stores …

Half the Sky

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I just finished the book Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. It was filled with gut wrenching stories of the suffering women endure, particularly in developing worlds. From rape victims to those sold into brothels to fistula patients, I often had to put down the book and just take a deep breath before moving on. At the …

What I want to be when I grow up

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Don’t you just LOVE old people? I mean, the sight of an older Chinese couple strolling down Love River holding hands can just brighten one’s day. A friend posted on their FB status about being cuted out by two old men in a bookstore talking about how they could spend all day in there. And how cute are the older …

Blue Sweater

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Just finished the book The Blue Sweater by Jacqueline Novogratz. Because we have decided to invest both finances and heart towards an organization fighting global poverty (one days wages), I’ve been trying to read up on the subject. I enjoyed this one although some parts were hard to get through. Here are some of my reflection thoughts: 1) Cross cultural …

“Mommy, I want to die.”

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Quoted from my six year old daughter. With a bit of depression in our family history, I anxiously asked her why? Her answer: “because when I die, I can go to heaven!” I’m not quite sure what her ideas of heaven are, but probably some version of a Disney-like fairyland. Already at six years old, she is being exposed to …

What our days are like

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I just got an email from a supporter asking us exactly what we are doing in Taiwan. I realize perhaps we haven’t been very clear in our correspondence (newsletter and blogging). Then I realized perhaps we haven’t been very clear because we ourselves haven’t been clear. After all, our whole reason for leaving China was to seek the Lord for …

It’s always somebody’s Lizzy or Hayden

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I read this story on NPR today: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=112727679 And it really resonated with me. Every mother can probably relate to this: after giving birth to children, all the news stories, victims of tragedies that involve children, hits harder on the heart. When we experience the immense love we have for our kids, we can also imagine the deep pain of …