Kelly Sites is a wife and mom to 19-year-old twins who she homeschooled all the way through high school. She has been a registered nurse for 20 years and has worked as an international disaster response nurse with Samaritan’s Purse since 2010. She has deployed over 13 times to disasters around the world, including the Cholera outbreak in Haiti, tsunamis, earthquakes, and hurricanes. She deployed twice to Liberia to care for Ebola patients, Iraq twice to work in a mobile field hospital outside of Mosul where they cared for trauma patients including ISIS soldiers. Most recently she was in Bangladesh for a diphtheria outbreak in a refugee camp filled with close to a million Rohingya refugees.
What we chat about:
advice for moms of twins
how and why Kelly decided to become an international disaster response nurse
how her work schedule has taught her to be more intentional with her time
recognizing if the cost of your career on your family is too high
how being in disaster areas abroad has changed her perspective on “need” at home
how her experiences have helped shape her family
what it looks like to be a disaster response nurse
adjusting to everyday life after experiencing trauma
responding to criticism that she’s away too often
Resources on suffering:
A Path Through Suffering by Elisabeth Elliot
The Hardest Peace: Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life’s Hard by Kara Tippetts
Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering by Tim Keller
A Place of Healing: Wrestling with the Mysteries of Suffering, Pain, and God’s Sovereignty by Joni Eareckson Tada
How God Can Allow So Much Evil and Suffering from Focus on the Family
The Truth about Suffering and the Believer (video sermon)
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