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Admittedly, I’ve not done a great job of updating the blog.  Would you guys believe me if I said I’d lost my password and with it access to said blog?

Those of you who know me well are debating now:  “Well… Brett CAN be pretty disorganized.  BUUUT… he’s also the kind of guy who might get busy with other things and just fail to maintain a blog.”

And now my feelings are hurt because your arguments in both directions were formulated in negative ways.  Why did not even one of you argue, “You know… Brett is so extremely organized and conscientious he probably has a prioritized list of all the important tasks he needs to accomplish between now and retirement, and writing on his blog just didn’t make the cut…

Until today.”

I’ll cut to the chase: I’m not sure what will become of the blog.  I may end up posting on it occasionally (I’d like to do that), though it won’t likely be a top priority for me over the next few years.

I can tell you, though, that Christie and I are publishing our first email newsletter this week.  For those of you who have been with us since the beginning, you may remember our email work reports.  That’s NOT what this will be.  We didn’t feel our work reports necessarily got a good response (a lot of people probably were unable to read to the end).

Our newsletter will likely go out once every month or two and consist of:

  • Primarily one article or story we feel is important to our lives, work, or ministry.
  • A few short paragraphs about other aspects of our life and work here.
  • Some photos.
  • And prayer requests.

We hope the newsletter will be a good blend of interesting and informative.

You can sign up to receive the Harrisons in Geita newsletter by following this link.  Feel free to forward the link to others.  Blessings!




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hey, me and the guys are getting the blog back together…

I had brisket for dinner tonight.
[Is that a strange first sentence for my first blog post in two years?]

And it was delicious.
[You see, though, the second sentence wouldn’t have made any sense without that first one.]

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children processing death


Last week I published a letter from Nathan Jernigan, a licensed psychotherapist who attends our sending congregation in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  In it Nathan offered advice as to how we ought to help our children through trauma and tragedy; this was written in response to the Sandy Hook shootings.

I mentioned in that post I’d like to share some of my thoughts on children dealing with death.  So today I am.

Here is the letter I wrote Nathan in response to his advice (I’ve bolded a few thoughts):

Nathan, this is Brett Harrison writing from Geita, Tanzania.  I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate you having written this for everyone at Stones River (and even their missionaries abroad).  While the shootings in Newtown aren’t something about which we’ve heard a great deal — and while the oldest of our children is only three — your words are very much appreciated.  

Our daughters regularly are witness to sickness, sadness, and tragedy here in Geita; and navigating these situations is difficult for me at times. Continue reading



Filed under family, just thinking