Journey to Africa

ADRN bids farewell to R. Danielle Chekaraou and her family. Danielle is relocating back to the African Continent after a two-year hiatus from her International Development and Public Health Work of almost twenty years in that region of the world.  Danielle was recently sworn in as the United States Peace Corps’ Country Director to Namibia in a ceremony and training which took place in Botswana at the end of May.  Namibia, although a dream destination for many tourists, is still one of the most underdeveloped countries in the world with vast disparities in wealth, heath, education levels and access to basic services, and where almost 1 in 5 is HIV positive.  Danielle will head programs in Education, Small Enterprise Development, and Health. Danielle stumbled across ADRN in Mardel Christian bookstore in 2012 when she saw an advertisement for a conference.  Seeking a venue to utilize her public health experience and improve her skills, as well as a place to serve God while in the US, she quickly went through both CISM and CERT trainings and was able to assist in Oklahoma and Austin in a variety of capacities. Prior to coming to the Austin area, Danielle was employed by World…

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Ruth’s Story

 Ruth’s Story: A Central Texas Flood Survivor’s Story Ruth was renting a house at 5109 Savorey Lane at the time of the flooding. She woke up at 5:00 am that morning to discover water already rising in her home. Her son and a friend were also in the home. After she woke them, they helped her to get out through a window. A neighbor saw them exiting their home and had them get on the back of their truck, barely escaping the rising waters. Ruth lost everything, and was especially troubled by the loss of her photos. She had been the one in the family to keep photos, and didn’t have a way to replace them. She found a new place to live in Del Valle, and is getting on with her life. She continues to work at the Big Lots in Oak Hill.   With the love and support of one of ADRN’s network churches, The Lake Travis Church of Christ, Ruth received emotional and spiritual care through her Disaster Relief Shepherd (DRS) to help her get back on her feet. ADRN and The Lake Travis Church of Christ, assisted her in getting a new mattress set, and with $500 given towards…

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Ruth's Story

 Ruth’s Story: A Central Texas Flood Survivor’s Story Ruth was renting a house at 5109 Savorey Lane at the time of the flooding. She woke up at 5:00 am that morning to discover water already rising in her home. Her son and a friend were also in the home. After she woke them, they helped her to get out through a window. A neighbor saw them exiting their home and had them get on the back of their truck, barely escaping the rising waters. Ruth lost everything, and was especially troubled by the loss of her photos. She had been the one in the family to keep photos, and didn’t have a way to replace them. She found a new place to live in Del Valle, and is getting on with her life. She continues to work at the Big Lots in Oak Hill.   With the love and support of one of ADRN’s network churches, The Lake Travis Church of Christ, Ruth received emotional and spiritual care through her Disaster Relief Shepherd (DRS) to help her get back on her feet. ADRN and The Lake Travis Church of Christ, assisted her in getting a new mattress set, and with $500 given towards…

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Austin a ‘Poster Child’ …

Austin a ‘Poster Child’ for Urban Wildfire Threat (via Climate Central) By Bobby Magill Follow @bobbymagill The Front Lines of Climate Change: Global warming is, by definition, global, but the impacts of climate change touch everyone on a local level. How each community responds depends on its unique mix of people and geography…

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Austin a 'Poster Child' …

Austin a ‘Poster Child’ for Urban Wildfire Threat (via Climate Central) By Bobby Magill Follow @bobbymagill The Front Lines of Climate Change: Global warming is, by definition, global, but the impacts of climate change touch everyone on a local level. How each community responds depends on its unique mix of people and geography…

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