Monthly Archives: July 2013

Next delivery…Africa!

Next delivery...Africa!

After fifteen years of taking call for OB at Ventura County Medical Center a few times each month, I just finished my last night of call. The next baby I deliver will be a Liberian baby!

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by | July 22, 2013 · 10:00 pm

Containers Sent With Love

Being born into a family doing cross-cultural ministry in the Philippines, I was very familiar with freighter ships, containers, and oil barrels. Before the wide use of commercial trans-Pacific flights, travelers could make reservations on the American President Lines. I can still remember those early days on the wide open sea for up to 30 days. I proudly carried my little white purse with the freighter ship’s American eagle logo. Back in those days, oil barrels carried our most precious belongings. It wasn’t until later in life that I realized most kids don’t feel nostalgia for these 55 gallon steel “suitcases”. One of my favorite childhood memories takes me back to those moments when we unpacked handmade quilts we had received from church sewing circles. Regardless of which continent we called “home”, these checkered pieces of cloth became lasting symbols of love and support.
Fast forward and once again, I am becoming familiar with freighter ships and containers. When we attended our two-week training back in North Carolina we had the pleasure of meeting many of the hard-working, detail-oriented individuals who spend hours preparing containers for shipment around the globe, all the while following each country’s requirements for port entry and customs. I share this video with you today as it has special meaning to us: it’s headed to our new home. We look forward to being “on the other end” to receive these precious supplies.
Please take a moment, give thanks, and pray for continued provision and wisdom for all those involved in this wonderful ministry.   Beth

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by | July 15, 2013 · 9:59 am

Transition

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Recently I was at a train depot in Berwyn Illinois and saw this bench. I thought to myself, “Oh the stories this old resting stop could tell…” The bench has become a symbol for the current chapter of my family’s life: transition and waiting. Preparing for a home in a faraway land and saying goodbye to what is known occupies our days. Excitement and sadness intermingle. Thankful for the wonderful training we have received from SIM that explained transition with the analogy of a trapeze. We must let go of that first trapeze before we can fully grip the next. Sometimes we feel only the sense of the gap mid-flight. Then we are reminded of the richness and hope of each phase: past, present, and future. My mind finds peace gazing at the bench, imagining fellow travelers waiting and transitioning, thankful for the journey.

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