Hi! My name is Amber Thiessen.
I grew up in rural Manitoba, where I met & married my wonderful husband. I finished up my nursing degree and began working at our local health centre. After 4 years enjoying “happily-ever after” on our country acreage, God rocked the boat and asked us to give it up and follow Him, to bring the Gospel to the unreached in Africa.
We set foot on African soil in 2009 and began a 6 year adventure learning a new language, a new culture, new ways to share the Gospel and, after a few years, how to parent in the African bush.
We came back to Canada in 2015, pregnant with baby number 3, into a chaotic season. At 7 months old, we almost lost her to a really bad pneumonia. She was later diagnosed with Severe Combined Immune Deficiency (SCIDS), requiring a bone marrow transplant.
It’s a defining moment in your life, caring for a child in the hospital, yet God uses all things for His glory. (I share a bit of our SCIDS journey here on the blog). We’ve come out of the chaos, eyes a little scratchy from the dust storm, with a deeper love and trust in the One who shepherded us through the valley.
Walking in this new season of shifting, from managing crisis to managing routine, finds me in both new and old roles. I continue to homeschool my energetic kids, I'm working again at our local health centre, helping restore physical health in the ER/ICU, and serving our local body of believers.
Thanks for joining me here. My prayer is that you would be encouraged and inspired to a life of obedience to Christ - a life abiding in the Vine.
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