Heart-Healthy Hospitality

By Janel Breitenstein | June 13, 2014 | 5 Comments
Heart-Healthy Hospitality

  With a wide smile, I lifted my hand in farewell to the rough-and-tumble SUV, tires lifting and falling on the potholes and stones. The family within had bunked with us for the good part of a week, saturating our home with laughing shrieks and extra bare feet running in the dust. All told, we totalled […]

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A Lesson From Winnie

By Janel Breitenstein | June 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
A Lesson From Winnie

I was sautéing dinner last week when the clink of the lock at our gate resonated through the kitchen. I looked up, and through the window saw my friend Winnie standing behind the gate’s bars, expectantly and with her characteristic wide smile. Beneath her arms was a colorful book on the human body I’d lent […]

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When Success Means Sacrifice

By Janel Breitenstein | May 9, 2014 | 1 Comment
Janel and Mom

It was past eleven this past Monday evening; my children’s fingers curled limply around the edges of their mattresses, and my husband contentedly read in our bedroom. But my legs were crossed Indian-style on our thinning rug in the living room, the glow of a screen reflecting on my face: time to talk with my […]

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I Still Need the Cross

By Janel Breitenstein | April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
not enough

  This morning in Kampala, following a pleasant midnight chill of rain, the sunset cracked open the sky with a color so brilliantly tangerine, it could have been melted copper. I’d been struggling to open my eyes and move off the warmth of my sheets to have my alone time with God. But once the […]

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For Every Winter

By Janel Breitenstein | March 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
lent

Last week, I woke in the darkness to what must be one of the greatest sounds on earth at times, just outside my louvered window: the whisper, then the thunder, of rain. A welcome chill had settled on my covers, and I snuggled next to my slumbering husband, falling back into that wonderful envelope of […]

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