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Mar 29, 2023Liked by Do Good Better

Wow! I found your blog in 2013, we were about to move to Dubai. I so appreciated your perspective, and insight on your changing worldview. I certainly saw my worldview shattered, visiting countries like India and South Africa, Turkey. Living in Dubai I had one “American” friend, she was born in India. I have recommended Pillars to folk whose worldview needed a bit of a shakeup. You have had a great influence on so many, including me! Thank you!

You are right about “moving back”, I have worked hard at not losing those new perspectives; certainly a challenge sometimes!

If you are ever in New Hampshire, look me up!

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Mar 29, 2023Liked by Do Good Better

Praying for you all today as you move forward. May your transitions be crowned with supernatural grace. May your heart know the deep delight of a job done faithfully. May there be surprising joy in the goodbyes, hellos, and every bit in between.

Thank you for your obedience in the going and leaving!

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Beautiful, thank you for this blessing.

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Mar 29, 2023Liked by Do Good Better

Best wishes to all of you, Rachel. Thank you for sharing so much of it with strangers like me.

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Mar 29, 2023Liked by Do Good Better

That's a big change. It's great that you have peace about it. I wish you all the best, and I will enjoy following what you continue to write.

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Mar 29, 2023Liked by Do Good Better

Wow, what an adventure this will be! We were visiting family in Djibouti last December and I thought of you, hoping you were doing well and the ISD was thriving. I hope that this next chapter provides as many wonderful memories as the current one has. Safe travels!

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Mar 29, 2023Liked by Do Good Better

Blessings and prayers as you begin the transition. I pray your heart will have peace and all manner of things will be well. Looking forward to following your next journey and calling.

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Hand the pot to some best girlfriend and show her to jiggle it just so. If she’s a good best girlfriend, she’ll not roll her eyes loud enough for you to hear. She’ll reverence it as a sacred trust.

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I love this! Yes.

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Rachel! This is big news. I can only imagine all that went into making this decision. I would love to hear more about your plans. Are you graduating this June? I'll be praying for you as you prepare for this transition and seek direction for the next season of life and ministry.

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Yes graduating in June with the two Masters! My brain is FULL. Not much clarity on the future yet...hoping that will become clear as we go.

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I am very sad to see you leave Djibouti, despite I understand your reasons. You have awed me with your incredible courage and your boundless tolerance. I admire you and your family for having submerged yourself in a culture that is so fundamentally different from yours. I always delighted in your Stories from the Horn and have learned so much from you. I wish you all the best in your new adventure and hope you will continue writing.

Dunja Schelper, Ph.D.

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Thank you so much.

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So much here! You and your family will be dearly missed by me and all who are staying on in Djibouti, but I am very hopeful for you and what the future holds for you as you return to the States. Thanks for sharing these powerful reflections, including the photos and captions that convey so much about your history here. Also I am curious, what was the story "My Little Garbage Collector" about? :)

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