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In the Aftermath of a Hurricane, Luisa Looks for Hope

On November 2, Hurricane Eta struck Central America. Heavy rains caused flooding and mudslides. In its wake, the hurricane left damaged roads and uninhabitable conditions. Ready to Respond During hurricane season, we track many storms. This one was no different….

Mazen’s Story: Coping With Diabetes in a Refugee Settlement

No matter where you live, we are all affected by disease. What you may not realize is how different diseases run rampant depending on the country where you live. The difference used to be stark depending on your country’s economic…

Florence’s Story: Saving Her and Her Baby’s Life

Florence lives in Kyangwali refugee settlement with her five children and husband. She was pregnant with her sixth when she started having labor complications.

The Gift That Keeps on Giving: One Family’s Thanksgiving Tradition

This year, holiday traditions may look a little different. But one thing doesn’t have to change – the way we focus on gratitude, generosity and community – even from afar. For Jim and Mary Lois Kuhns, one of their favorite…

International Day of the Girl

Almost 10 years ago, United Nations General Assembly named October 11th the “International Day of the Girl Child”. On this day, we acknowledge and remember the challenges faced by girls all over the world. We also remember individual girls, like…

Celebrating Latinx Heritage Month

Writing about my Latinx heritage is complicated. In fact, I don’t often divulge my thoughts and feelings on the topic because there is so much to be said. While I have deep pride in the strength, courage and resilience of my family and our people, I also experience grief, sadness and anger over the corruption and poverty that has riddled each of…

God is With Us in the Storm

I’ve always considered myself a positive person. I tend to see the glass half full—sometimes even to a fault. With Jesus in my heart, I’ve often felt there would be no setback too insurmountable. After all, God is with me. And…

Seven Things to Know About Getting Tested for COVID-19

As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to spike in the United States, many people across the country are seeking out ways to be tested for the virus. Experiencing a fever or cough can cause one to go into a tailspin, wondering if they have COVID-19. With so much information deluging…

World Humanitarian Day: “I Want To Do This My Whole Life”

Humanitarian. Adjective, noun. (a person who is) involved in or connected with improving people’s lives and reducing suffering. Today is World Humanitarian Day. Established in 2009 by the United Nations, today we celebrate humanitarians – sharing many thanks to the…

Real Life Goes Virtual: Explore the Online Exhibit

In 1999, Medical Teams saw an opportunity. An opportunity to bring people into the places around the world we work through a small exhibit – right here in the Pacific Northwest. Guests would walk through reproductions of a garbage dump…