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The Truth About Suffering

Posted by Kristy Tarrant at January 01, 2012
Earlier this year I spoke at a retreat for about twenty-five medical and pharmacy students in St. Louis; my theme was “Die to Live, Live to Die”. As part of exhorting my audience to joyfully take up their crosses, I shared some of the difficulties my family has faced living in the Memphis inner city. One of the students raised an honest question: “If you’re truly in the middle of God’s will for your life, won’t you be happy?”. She pushed further: &ldq... Read More »

The Struggle Against Discouragement

Posted by Kristy Tarrant at January 01, 2012
Patients at the Interfaith Dental Clinic often arrive for their first appointments with stories of pain, embarrassment and mistreatment from others. I can relate. When I was 13, I was diagnosed with an upper and lower jaw relationship discrepancy resulting in severe dental needs and facial deformity. The taunts I endured in junior high school stay fresh in my memory. I can still hear my classmates chant “Chinnochio! Chinnochio!” in the hallways Treatment had to wait until I stoppe... Read More »
Topics: Dental Health H&D

I Want to Know Christ

Posted by Kristy Tarrant at January 01, 2012
“I want to know Christ, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.” Philippians 3:10 You may ask what makes Christian Health Care Christian. My answer to that lies in this Philippians verse. CHRIST is what makes Christian Health Care Christian. And, I believe that the best thing each of us could do to serve God best in our healing ministries is to k... Read More »

Biblical Foundations for Healthcare Missions

Posted by Kristy Tarrant at January 01, 2012
I dreaded the required course in philosophy in college so I put it off as long as I could – my senior year. Little did I know that it was designed to be the foundation for a liberal arts education that informed all the other courses I had already taken. My educational sequencing was backwards because I had first earned a diploma in nursing and then continued on as an undergraduate. My nursing provided the necessary funding for my education. But it was not the recommended route; and with... Read More »
Topics: H&D Nursing

We Wait In Hope

Posted by Kristy Tarrant at January 01, 2012
When I made my decision to enter into a traineeship at Los Angeles Christian Health Centers (LACHC), it was not based on the attributes of the clinic, the size of the clinic, or the wonderful supervision I was going to get, but on the fact my friend worked there. That connection enabled me to apply for a traineeship with a little less stress than my peers. After an interview with the Mental Health Director at the clinic I was offered a position as a marriage and family therapist trainee. I wo... Read More »

Mission, Vision, & Values Revisted & Renewed

Posted by Kristy Tarrant at January 01, 2011
Over the last two years the leadership of CCHF has revisited its Mission, Vision and Values. We desired for our Mission, Vision, and Values to clearly reflect the past, present, and future of CCHF. This re-evaluation is part of a 5-10 year strategic plan. Our final product is a result of hours of prayer and dialogue among partners of CCHF, the leadership of CCHF, and Steve Noblett our executive director. As a witness to the crafting of these statements I can attest to the deep desire of our B... Read More »

The Community Vacuum

Posted by Kristy Tarrant at January 01, 2011
We called it the community vacuum, although I never wanted to know what it sucked up off the floor. Our vacuum cleaned the floors of drug dealers, single mothers, elderly women and the bedrooms of men and their prostitutes. It was never our intent to live in the city, yet after several job losses we found ourselves relocating to the inner city of Columbia, South Carolina and living among the poor and underserved. It was in this neighborhood, lit by twinkling Christmas lights that spelled &ldq... Read More »

A Missional Life

Posted by Kristy Tarrant at January 01, 2011
Years ago I felt called to go to the jungles of Peru on a mission trip. It was an experience that would forever impact my life. It took days to get to our destination deep in the Amazon basin. We traveled by several airplanes and then a bus for 12 hours. We worked with a missionary doctor and his wife among the Aguaruna Indians. One trip led to many more and soon my husband and I were leading mission teams to the jungles. Later, we began doing mission trips to other areas of Peru, from the An... Read More »

Compassion Through Stewardship

Posted by Kristy Tarrant at January 01, 2011
We are all aware of the tens of millions of uninsured Americans who can’t afford the care or medications they need. Moved by our faith and compassion, we strive to do what we can to help. But what do we do when the resources we need to do our work are simply not available? One of the most common issues that those of us in healthcare face is how to help the poorest of our patients access the expensive, life-saving, life-sustaining medications that they need to thrive. At the Dispensary o... Read More »
Topics: H&D Pharmacy

Healthy Practices, Burnout & Provider Characteristics

Posted by Kristy Tarrant at January 01, 2011
The work of the primary care provider involves a complicated blend of compassion with emotional distance, personal concern with detached objectivity. The pace of care is fast and getting faster, demands on providers and accountability to outside bodies are increasing, and the volatility of our healthcare system shows no signs of ending. The additional stresses and strains accompanying poverty further challenge the delivery of care and the resources of individuals and organizations who practic... Read More »