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Woodlawn Refugee Ministry

Woodlawn Refugee Ministry

Last year at this time, I went to church each Sunday and instead of going into my designated Sunday school class, I sat at a small, glass table near the coffee area with one Burundian refugee, Benjamin. He wanted to come to church, but his English was not the greatest, so we began reading from […]

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Female Refugees Say: Thank-you, America

Female Refugees Say: Thank-you, America

“What are my rights as a woman in the United States?” This was the very personal, painful question asked by a refugee woman who was having marriage problems. Many refugees come to the U.S. having been raised in cultures with much different values regarding women than what I have been raised with. I take it […]

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Unfair Medical Expenses For Burundian Refugees

Unfair Medical Expenses For Burundian Refugees

Refugees coming to the United States should trust that their basic needs will be provided for, one of those being free medical care upon arrival. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. I would like to introduce my friends, Benjamin and Yvette. Photo: Benjamin and Yvette with my daughter, Scarlet. Benjamin and Yvette arrived in […]

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Do You Want To Review My Book?

Do You Want To Review My Book?

On Tuesday, May 31, my Ebook “Refugee Resettlement: On The Frontlines: Christian Compassion Meets Rugged Reality” will be published to Amazon. I am looking for a few folks who would like to review my book for free in exchange for an honest review on Amazon. I am looking for people who have time to read […]

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Malawi Schoolchildren In Need Of Food

Malawi Schoolchildren In Need Of Food

For the past 14 years, I have kept in touch with a sweet family from Malawi, Africa. Our friendship started after the mother, Mary, read an article that I had written in an internationally-distributed magazine. The magazine somehow made it all the way to Malawi and we began writing letters back and forth as pen pals […]

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Upcoming Ebook About Refugee Resettlement

Upcoming Ebook About Refugee Resettlement

I am in the beginning stages of writing an ebook titled, ‘Refugee Resettlement: On The Frontlines.’ Some of the topics that will be covered are: My convictions as a Christian in helping ‘the stranger’ Personal experiences as a volunteer with refugees Europe’s problems with unregulated mass migration My desire as an American citizen to balance […]

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My Top 10 Books of 2015

My Top 10 Books of 2015

I read 56 books in 2015. I’d like to share with you my 10 favorite books of 2015. You’ll see that I enjoy biographies/autobiographies. These books made the Top 10 because they deeply impacted me in some way: Born Survivors: Three Young Mothers and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage, Defiance, and Hope     The […]

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Before Welcoming Syrian Refugees…

Before Welcoming Syrian Refugees…

Before welcoming Syrian refugees into the United States, there are a few challenging questions that we, as Americans, should ask ourselves. Are Middle Eastern refugees that are currently living in the United States thriving? From my personal interactions with refugees over the past 2 years, I believe that Middle Eastern women, in particular Muslim women, are […]

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Refugee Resettlement: Balancing Compassion With Discernment

Refugee Resettlement: Balancing Compassion With Discernment

I have been a volunteer with a refugee resettlement agency in Knoxville, Tennessee since January 2014. My family and I welcome refugees to our city by taking them to get their Social Security cards or medical screenings and I teach ESL one day a week. We have also welcomed refugees into our home for meals […]

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When Public Friendliness Has Its Downfall

When Public Friendliness Has Its Downfall

I have this “thing” that can be quite embarrassing for some of my older kids in public: I enjoy starting up conversations with total strangers. Senior citizens, immigrants and young mothers tend to be my targets. Maybe I learned this openness from Opa (my grandpa). Opa was always talking with random folks at restaurants, stores, […]

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2015-2016 Homeschool Plans for 6 Children, Kindergarten through Senior

2015-2016 Homeschool Plans for 6 Children, Kindergarten through Senior

The 2015-2016 school year is already almost here! This year will be my 16th year homeschooling. I will have children in grades: Kindergarten, 2nd, 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th. Tiffany will be graduating this year! It’s hard for me to believe- The little girl that I taught how to read and write “just yesterday” will […]

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My Favorite International Recipes

My Favorite International Recipes

In a previous post, Enjoy The World At Your Dinner Table, I explained my family’s love for international cuisine combined with our desire to open our home in hospitality. I’d love to take this post to share with you some of my favorite recipes from around the world. My husband, children and I have adventurous palettes, […]

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Book Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Book Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Marie Kondo has revolutionized house cleaning. The subtitle of her book ‘The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing‘ explains a philosophy that I hadn’t really thought of: Decluttering is a form of art. Kondo is a professional cleaning consultant. She goes into clients’ homes and helps them do a complete overhaul: discarding things that don’t […]

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