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The New Health & Development

Posted by Kristy Tarrant at August 21, 2012
Dear CCHF family,Welcome to the first electronic-only issue of Health and Development (H&D). Over thirty years ago, CCHF’s founders recognized the need for Christians working among the poor to exchange ideas and experiences. Since the first issue was published in 1979, H&D has been shepherded by a series of able editors, including Lance Loberg, David Caes, Jerry Stromberg, and, most recently, Steve Noblett.  For at least the next year, Wayne Detmer and I will be ... Read More »
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Green Eggs and Lawndale

Posted by Kristy Tarrant at August 20, 2012
Almost twenty years ago my wife Lisa and I moved into a pretty rough neighborhood on the west side of Chicago. We didn’t have a great vision or strong sense of calling to the neighborhood, but it made practical sense for us; rent was cheap and we saw value in living where we were already building relationships. There were a few challenges, but in time we bought a house, met our neighbors, and settled into life here. From time to time we’re praised for living where we do, likely ba... Read More »
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We're neighbors

Posted by Kristy Tarrant at August 20, 2012
Shortly after I moved into the upper 9th ward of New Orleans, I was awakened one night by the sound of angry voices from the street outside.  The predominant voice was male, with occasional enraged rebuttals from a female voice.  I was only able to catch an occasional word and many of those were profane. Irrationally, I feared that this man might somehow be directing his hostility toward me.  I spent more than an hour on my knees praying-- for my own safety and for God to bring... Read More »
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Incarnational Marriage

Posted by Kristy Tarrant at August 20, 2012
My husband and I moved to Fort Worth, Texas in 2010 from San Antonio.  He had finished medical school and was getting reading to begin a residency in family medicine at the county hospital.  I had just finished my first year of teaching in the US after spending three years in Latin America.  We had moved, married, and begun new jobs within one very full month.  We began to get settled, and I contacted Catholic Charities about volunteer service opportunities.  An Engli... Read More »
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Relocation and the Single Woman

Posted by Kristy Tarrant at August 20, 2012
My name is Janine and I’m a disciple of Jesus Christ.  I have been living and working in inner-city Memphis for the past year and I love it. Growing up in a middle-class suburb of Philly and being raised by believing parents, I experienced the blessings of having a good education and of being challenged to follow Jesus’ leading.  As a teenager, the Lord began directing me to people who had never heard the Gospel.  He led me toward medical training so I could m... Read More »

Leaving the Ledge

Posted by Kristy Tarrant at August 20, 2012
I’m convinced that what I’m doing is the right thing. This is what I’ve been taught and believed for over two decades; it’s finally time for me to practice what I’ve preached and prayed. I’m talking about relocating to the inner city Las Vegas neighborhood where I serve every week. My heart has been there, now it’s time to get fully immersed. Relocation may not be for everyone, but it’s for me.   Ironically, my close friends are are strongl... Read More »
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A Nurse Redeemed

Posted by Kristy Tarrant at January 01, 2007
I was not raised in a Christian home, and I spent some of my later teenage years searching for meaning and purpose in life. My search led me to become a nurse, thinking that would make my life meaningful. I came to faith in my college years, graduated, married, and after a few years of working as an RN, began my family. I had reached my goal; I was home with my three children; and I didn’t ever want to work as a nurse again. I had not found a professional role that I truly enjoyed; I di... Read More »

What Will it Take To Get Health Care to the Poor

Posted by Kristy Tarrant at January 01, 2004
From the Archives: Health & Development Volume 1: Number 1, Winter ’79-'80 The following is an excerpt of a conversation between John Perkins, president of Voice of Calvary Ministries; H.P. Spees, director of the South Central Mississippi Rural Health Association; and Lance Loberg, family practice resident physician in Pueblo, Colorado. Perkins: The poor don’t have access to health care. What will it take to get health care to the people, especially the poor? We as Christians ... Read More »

Living Left-Handed in a Right-Handed World

Posted by Kristy Tarrant at January 01, 2004
I once heard a young White guy ask Dr. John Perkins, “Why do they leave the community?” His question was a response to John’s comment on the ongoing trend of Black Americans who leave the Black residential community once they experience any degree of upward mobility. My immediate thought was, "He obviously didn’t grow up poor.” The young man who asked the question lives in one of Chicago’s toughest and poorest neighborhoods. However, it’s important to... Read More »