Charissa Koh

Charissa is a reporter for WORLD based in Austin, Texas. Follow Charissa on Twitter @CharissaKoh.

Community and connection

Books | Books related to counseling
by Charissa Koh
Posted 5/21/20, 05:01 pm

Loving Your Community by Stephen Viars: If a local public school asked to hold its PTA meeting in your church’s sanctuary, what would you say? Viars, a pastor and Biblical counselor, challenges pastors to “say yes unless you have to say no.” For years, his church in Lafayette, Ind., has worked to build relationships with its community. He chronicles that journey, explaining how the church started the outreach ministries it has and why they are worth the time and resources.

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Waiting too long

Coronavirus | For some Americans worried about the coronavirus, delays in seeking emergency medical treatment have become life-threatening
by Daniel James Devine & Charissa Koh
Posted 5/07/20, 04:14 pm

In normal times, Tri-City Medical Center hosts a busy emergency department in San Diego County, seeing 60,000 emergency patients annually. But recently, fewer people have been visiting the ER—even though the hospital had only seven COVID-19 patients as of May 4. Tri-City’s ER volume has dropped more than 40 percent from pre-pandemic levels.

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“Holy sandpaper”

Marriage | Darrell and Catheleen Jordan fought throughout their first decades of marriage, but learning true love and respect helped their relationship thrive
by Charissa Koh
Posted 5/07/20, 04:03 pm

14th in a series on long marriages

It was the summer of 1974 when 16-year-old Darrell Jordan visited the park with his cousin and noticed a teenage girl hanging upside down on the monkey bars. “She looked so cute,” Darrell recalls. “That was my wife.” Catheleen was only 13, but Darrell felt shy around her. Eventually, they talked, dated, then married in 1977, when Darrell was a college sophomore and Catheleen a high-school senior. 

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