Marilyn Gardner

A Weary World Rejoices

by Marilyn on December 9, 2016

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Note: The following piece was reworked from a piece that I wrote a few years ago. There is no Christmas tree and no turkey. We have not heard “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” one time since arriving  and our gifts fit inside small stockings. Our world is stripped of some of the traps that […]

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Relax! God was at Work Before you Arrived!

by Marilyn on November 9, 2016

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In August of 2015 I had the privilege of going to the Kurdish area of Iraq to work with refugees. On my first day there, I was traveling to a mobile health clinic when I got into a conversation with a pharmacist. One year before she lived and worked in Qaraqosh in the Nineveh province of […]

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No Easy Answers

by Marilyn on September 9, 2016

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My mom and dad raised five children in Pakistan. At the time, options for educating children were limited. Here is her story about kids, trust, and ultimately learning that God loves and cares for her children. All five of us have come to know the God that she trusted. ***** “Do YOU think it’s right […]

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The Gift of Saudade

by Marilyn on August 9, 2016

We returned to our apartment in Cambridge yesterday after a long weekend away, and I felt a familiar longing. I turned to my husband and asked him if he felt like our home in Cambridge, was indeed ‘home’. Because I don’t. Not always. Despite my work and church and friends and general life being here, the sense […]

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To the “Non-Missionary” Living Overseas

by Marilyn on June 8, 2016

You are the one who is not a missionary. You are the Christian whose husband is with the foreign service or military. You are the Christian whose wife is a physician in a well-known hospital far away from your passport country. You are the business or military or foreign service family who moves too many […]

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Changes at A Life Overseas

by Marilyn on May 10, 2016

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Change. We in this community know this word and all of its connotations all too well. We have experienced both the good and the difficult of change. In order for things to continue to run well, change is often necessary. So I’m here today to tell you about good change for this community.  For the past […]

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When There is No “Other Hand”

by Marilyn on May 9, 2016

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Although I’ve not seen it in years, Fiddler on the Roof is one of my favorite shows/movies. I’ve watched the movie many times and seen the performance live as a musical theatre production at least twice. The scenes that have found a permanent place in my memory are what I call the “other hand scenes.” These […]

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From my spot across the room, I heard an older woman talking to a young intern. “It will get easier – I promise!” We were in a hard area. An area where poverty pounded the pavement and homeless gathered in shop doorways, waiting for their evening meal at any shelter they could find. The intern was […]

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To the Displaced and the Exiled

by Marilyn on February 8, 2016

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To the Displaced and the Exiled I get it. You sit in a crowd of people and you feel your mouth go dry, the bite you just took from your scone chokes your throat. How can you be this lonely in a crowd of people? How is it possible that your passport country feels so […]

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The Darkness is Not Winning

by Marilyn on December 16, 2015

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“The darkness is not winning!” These are words I read yesterday in a newsletter from my brother and sister-in-law. Stan and Tami live in Denver but spend at least half the year traveling throughout the world. And in their travels, they see things. They connect with people through the joys and challenges of a life […]

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For You in the Trenches

by Marilyn on November 16, 2015

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All weekend I have thought about what to write this morning. I think about world events and how they have filled up our newsfeeds, yet I also know that you live in your own world events. You live in places where bombs go off, where corruption runs rampant, where trash builds up because of anger […]

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    I was introduced one time in Cairo as “This is Marilyn. She DOES things with the food here.” The person I was introduced to looked at me in holy awe. “You can DO things with the food here? How?” To me, Cairo was a thriving metropolis that had cheese. Doing things with the food […]

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