We are back in Papua New Guinea. The flight went well, immigration was smooth, and we had the honor of dinner with our friends and coworkers. We were able to catch Donna the night before she returned to the United States for good. We will miss her. The next morning we put our things into … Continue reading First Day Back in Papua New Guinea
Brisbane's preparations for the G20 have been interesting to observe. Here are a few things that are happening. 1. "Colour Me Brisbane." As part of the Cultural Festival, there are various buildings that have been lit up in a multitude of colors, culminating with King George Square, where City Hall is. Lasers project the images … Continue reading The G20 is Coming! The G20 is Coming!
It always starts with a little thing: Something that is probably not worth getting worked up about, but it is something that has meaning and coherence, or at least it definitely does RIGHT now in an urgent way that feels like it always has had meaning and coherence. Others don't attach that value to it, … Continue reading How Culture Shock Starts
In this XKCD comic, Randall Munroe nails what it is like to communicate in Tok Pisin, though that was not what he was trying to do.
The most surprising thing for me during my time in Australia is that I have developed a real appreciation for tea; most surprising because I thought I already liked tea -- a lot. When I lived in the U.S., it was pretty rare that I didn't have a cup of iced tea in my … Continue reading Tea is Just Different
I wrote this post six years ago on my other blog, The Rebellious Pastor's Wife. I have participated in several discussions lately regarding miscarriage, and I thought I would repost. Words of Comfort I meant to write this a couple of weeks ago, but there hasn't been time, so I apologize that this is an … Continue reading Words of Comfort — Miscarriage
On October 1st, my son turned sixteen. Not Chris, he will be eighteen in two weeks. Noah Tyler Horn. Noah was born dead after his heart stopped beating somewhere around his 16th or 17th week of pregnancy. Since I refused to go to an abortionist for a D&E, my doctor induced, and after a peaceful … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Noah
I firmly believe that the difference between living somewhere and vacationing somewhere is knowing which grocery store has the better prices on what you generally buy. I can therefore confidently say we haven't been vacationing in Brisbane, rather we've been temporarily living here for the last month in the heart of the City Business District, … Continue reading Life in Brisbane’s CBD
Since the recent Ebola outbreak, the media has directed its attention toward medical missionaries. Besides the simply idiotic statements made by Donald Trump and Ann Coulter that don't even deserve to be addressed, others have called into question the whole concept of medical missions --at best, questioning whether religion and medicine belong together, at worst, … Continue reading In Bias We Trust – Medical Missionaries in an Age Where Capability and Faith Could Not Possibly Go Hand in Hand
"Baptism doesn’t come up much in a counseling session,” I remember a colleague stating in a meeting. I was surprised. I was still in my internship as a Mental Health Counselor, in the last year of my Master’s program. I didn’t have years of experience behind me, but in my own sessions, it came up … Continue reading Baptism and Pain — A Counselor’s Perspective