Healing the Children of War
Alexandra is a wife, mother, medical worker, and advocate for regional transformation along the Burma/China border.
Along with our family, she's had the incredible privilege of living and working in Southeast Asia for over 20 years. It is a beautiful part of the world. But, like everywhere, it has its difficults too.
For the past three years, Alexandra has been working alongside regional governments to see a hope and a future brought to children effected by Burma's civil war (the longest one in modern history).
Although Alexandra has a professional background in tropical medicine and primary health care, these skills are not enough to bring healing to the kinds of trauma that have tragically occured here.
In 2015, Alexandra began the process of skilling up to meet the specific needs of the precious children in our region. Through the support of family and friends, Alexandra has commenced graduate studies in Holistic Child Development, which includes: early interventions for traumatized children, emergency response to war and disasters, and inter-disciplinary strategies for nation building.
Alexandra has already completed specialized coursework at Harvard University and Fuller Seminary - and she is thriving. Her grades are excellent (she didnt approve this part, but i snuck it in anyway) and she has already seen her studies translate into positive results for her on-the-ground projects and initiatives.
In 2017, Alexandra would like to continune with her studies and really press into highly specialzied studies that focus on the Children of War.
Her curriculm for 2017 looks like this:
> Mission with Children at Risk (Fuller)
> Childhood in Global Perspective (Fuller)
> Children At Risk Final Elective (Fuller)
> Urban Humanitarian Emergencies Course (Harvard)
> Vector-borne and Zoonotic Infections (Harvard)
> International Conflict and Cooperation (Harvard)
> Resilience in Children Exposed to Trauma (Online)
> Health for All Through Primary Health Care (Online)
I would be so honored if you would partner with us in Alexandra's ongoing education as a part of our life-long commitment to seeing healing and transformation in this region.
Love Joshua & Alexandra
The journey of thousands of miles begins with.....one full bag, one empty bag, a computer bag, pre ground #hanicoffee and my gold filter, cold bag with cream cheese and chocolate to make a special cheesecake for an early 18 th birthday celebration for @jageljack , tens of hours listening to lectures and podcasts of virology, genomes, cellular biology, all sorts of vector bourne infections, tropical parisitology, anitbiotic uses, public health in disasters, climate change and zoonoses and so much more!! I'm as ready as I can be, the kids have two week meal plans and @jagel_holl has her first part time job helping in the garden and cooking saint @jagelbaba has assured me he'll be fine for the next month plus.
We drive to Jing Hong today, I fly to Shanghai on Friday, to Toronto on Saturday then Boston on the following Tuesday and start the Urban Humanitarian Emergencies course on Wednesday!
well hard work, prayers and some great help from my faithful husband (and editor) has earned me over 99% in the Children at Risk class at Fuller Theological Seminary! I am so thankful for the encouragement of friends, and especially Josh Hall coming to teach our kids so I could write the last few papers.
I hope you think I will be a good investment - I'm not studying to earn the marks, or the pieces of paper, I truly want to be equipped to serve children, families and regions affected by armed conflict, poverty and injustice.
Thank you so much for your donations, encouragement and support - to God be the glory!
Thanks so much for the support and encouragement that has come in from all over the world!!! Amazing!
For those of you who may not know the 'bigger picture' here, Alexandra left school before finishing her senior year, believing that she wasn't "smart enough" - that false belief continued with her for a long time...in fact, it was only a few year's ago that she made the 'terrifying' leap of re-engaging with tertiary level studies because she was so passionate about giving the kids here the best possible chance for a future that was a breakaway from the poverty cycle.
This is will be her second year of graduate level studies and she has an acadmeic average over 97 % (no typo - but she is so going to kill me if she see's this update). I believe this amazing academic achievement is directly related to her incredible determination to make a positive, practical different in the local community.
I am so proud of her for confronting her fears so that the kids here can be truly freed from a life of fear! There is a parallel here that is not lost on me and i trust will inspire you too.
Please don't feel like the only way to support Alex is through a financial contribution - I know she loves to receive words of encouragement, inspiration, and motivation! So, go for it!
#proudhubby #freedomfromfear #mekonghope #academicninja