Love in the Mail

Christmas came to cabin 4424! Ruben and I received our Christmas package from his parents yesterday, just in time for 3 Kings Day, or Dia de los Reyes. We got boxes and boxes and boxes of candy and snacks. We got GOYA ingredients so we can make food from home. We are stocked for months hypothetically. Realistically? […] Read more…

Privilege

Today I’m dedicating my writing to the phenomenal Malagasy people who I work with. I only hope I can do as much justice as possible when speaking of them because they are the spine of the work we do. The day crew. I talked about them just a few days before Christmas in my Ghost Stories […] Read more…

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5 Ways To Survive a Depressing Christmas

There is something special about the Christmas season, even prior to Christmas Day. There is anticipation and excitement. There can also be a building feeling of dread. As Christmas traditions trigger memories of years past, it gets increasingly difficult when you know something is missing, like your family, or the ones you really want to […] Read more…

Ghost Stories

In spite of all the differences between nursing in the U.S. there are some similarities to how our hospital runs. The ward nurses work rotating shifts so I could be working either days, evenings or nights. We get one chunk of nights (usually 3 or 4) per month. Since Christmas break is next week, there […] Read more…

Redeeming Moments

As mentioned at the end of my last post, there were moments that I had the privilege of experiencing in the midst of not knowing why I was here. In the midst of feeling naked and uncomfortable, these little glimpses of heaven sustained me. As I washed Clarene’s club feet with Chlorhexidene to prep for […] Read more…

Screening In the Flesh

Three weeks ago we were just starting to screen Malagasy patients for surgery. The wards weren’t open yet; nurses were still setting up the wards. I still didn’t know what nursing would be like here. All I had were stories. When Mercy Ships arrives in any given country, we have to find our patients. The […] Read more…

Honesty

I think about writing almost every day truthfully. There is so much happening every day, all around me that I’d love to tell you about, but I get stuck. Sometimes it takes a week to simply process an experience I had weeks ago. I’m not always sure what my readers are most interested in hearing […] Read more…

Spare Time

At some point in the past month I had this very ambitious idea to try to organize all the things I wanted to pray for. I hear so often about how instrumental this spiritual discipline is, how it changes the way we look at everything around us, including our deepest concerns. I would sit to […] Read more…

Foreigner

I haven’t been to dozens of countries, but I have been to quite a few before I joined Mercy Ships. I’ve gone for pleasure, for study and for the Kingdom. Once I joined Mercy Ships, the ship even brought me to Spain and South Africa prior to Madagascar. But those countries spoke languages I was […] Read more…

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