Check out this post by Marlena Fiol author of Nothing Bad Between Us

My Dad Is the Pale Guy in the Middle

This week’s blogs have been about “circles of inclusion.”

I grew up on a leprosy compound in Paraguay, South America. My husband Ed and I are currently writing an historical novel about the lives and work of my Mennonite missionary parents, who among other things, revolutionized how leprosy is treated on the planet today.

My parents included the “untouchables and unclean” within their circles of inclusion. In the photo, my dad is helping two leprosy patients build their home.

What a powerful example of the inclusion that our world needs more of today!


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A Mennonite Missionary’s Daughter Finds Healing in Her Brokenness

This story differs from similar accounts of childhood domination or abuse because it tells the story of the author’s seemingly paradoxical responses to the powerful forces in my life, but doesn’t leave it at that. It sheds light on the social and religious dynamics underlying these responses, giving readers insights into and understanding of her otherwise incomprehensible choices, as she found my way back into loving relationships with her parents and the Mennonite community.

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