Mary Jackson

Mary is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute mid-career course and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and four children. Follow Mary on Twitter @mbjackson77

Abuse in isolation

Family | With most of the United States in lockdown, some children are in more danger
by Mary Jackson
Posted 4/03/20, 05:22 pm

The coronavirus pandemic has most families under strict orders to stay at home to protect themselves and others. But for children at risk of abuse, the mandates might trap them with someone who means them harm.

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With travel bans, adoptions grind to a halt

Family | The coronavirus pandemic keeps families and children waiting
by Mary Jackson
Posted 3/27/20, 06:28 pm

An email sent to Nightlight Christian Adoptions staff members on Tuesday urged everyone to pray for 17 parents and their adopted children in various foreign countries. Amid the rapidly spreading coronavirus pandemic, many are stranded, separated from family members, quarantined, or unable to obtain the necessary paperwork to travel back to the United States with their adopted children.

“We’ve done everything we know to get them home, and we continue trying,” wrote Lisa Whitaker, international program coordinator at Nightlight, which has locations in 10 states.

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The right routines

Books | Four recent books on Christian living
by Mary Jackson
Posted 3/26/20, 02:53 pm

Handle With Care by Lore Ferguson Wilbert: Wilbert asserts that our culture—including the church—increasingly avoids touch, even between close friends of the same or opposite sex, believing it must be infused with sexual meaning. But, she says, Jesus was unafraid to minister through touch and let people touch Him. This book asks, “What does it mean to be good at touch?” Wilbert, sexually abused as a child and raised in the purity culture as a homeschooler in a large family, understands the complexities.

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