These young adult downloadable lessons are hot picks for mission trips. Great late night blabbin’ in your camp cabin. Dealing with tuff topics from violence to being fatherless.

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  1. Ginger,
    Your husband’s thoughtfulness for your mother and the pain I know you were feeling in that moment during hospice really touched me. Your writing usually does affect me. I am still so sorry for your loss. Please know your writing honors her, too.

  2. You do make a difference in life, like George Bailey! Your actions and writing touch people, Ginger! When I read your words, I feel better because you are so authentically unique and so real and it is awe inspiring. Your observations (the current location and condition of Barbie’s shoes for instance) and your way with words bring me joy! Thank you! Please enjoy your day!

    • Thank you! You make a difference, too. Your brother Tom has been such an inspiration to so many people, his laughter and love for life.
      Please tell me that I’m more attractive than George Bailey!

  3. You’re FAR more attractive than George Bailey, Ginger!

    And, you’ve made a difference in my life.

    It’s the little things. Keep doing them, because they add up to big things over time.

    Like the snowball that rolls down the hill and becomes bigger with each roll, changing the landscape as it goes.

  4. We stopped to see the memorial last night on our way home from outreach. The whole scene took my breath away as my heart broke for the mother who felt trapped by an antiquated system who could not see pure love. Prayers for all involved in this situation.

  5. We will miss you so much, but will be excited to hear about everything you manage to do…two months gives a lot of time for crazy adventures!

  6. Awesome ginger ๐Ÿ™‚
    Send a pic with your where’s Waldo hat.
    Those kids are lucky to learn from the best.
    Way to live your faith!

    • Well, I’m not going to sleep to the sound of gunfire every night. I feel safe here, but miss the drug dealers walking their pit pulls in the morning. Here, everyone has little show dogs. Miss you and Bob, too!

  7. Sounds like you are having fun, but please don’t bring back recipes involving any of the things you mentioned in this piece…especially stinky tofu!

  8. Ha, I thought the term “chillax” was going to refer to the leftover chili you had for lunch. I’m so glad you are having a great time with the students. It is getting warmer on the south side of the city but we still have no hot water. Will hope to get that fixed before you come “home” this weekend.

  9. Enjoying your adventures, LOVE your violet fur-lined coat, your pics and writing. You have this wonderful ability to bring succinct and delightful closure to your articles…it’s a rare gift!

    Miss you.

    • Thanks. I wish I could take a picture about the smells. Nothin’ can compare to a shopping cart loaded with durian, fresh kimche and dried fish!

  10. I brought home a box kite from China. It was beautiful. Made out of bamboo and printed silk.
    We saw the men flying them and couldn’t resist.
    Randy tried to fly it in Bushnell but it was too windy.
    I’ll get another if I visit China again

    • Thank you.

      The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. Mark Twain

  11. That’s quite an adventure Ginger! Glad you are able to do such. God bless and keep you safe, and have fun!!

    • …they are really cute when they stare at me like a deer in headlights because they haven’t seen a white person before!

    • LOL.I think if at the original communion, Jesus served burritos instead of bread, christianity would be a lot more popular!

    • I wish I could bring smells back to JPUSA. They’ll make the Wilson underpass smell like roses. Hug the kitchen rockstar for me!

    • It was so bad that it’s laughable. then a different kind of bug skedaddled out of the sofa. I haven’t been staying there, but since I broke the lease, I agreed to paint the apartment. I started the job before I realized the extent of the bug problem. so every night, I’ve been painting. Now I’m done.

    • Yes, I got a break. Got the keys to a new place–one a friend moved out of last month. It’s as clean as a whistle but about the size of a peanut.

  12. Loved this blog, love and miss your wit, love and miss you. Always so very impressed with your writing ability and excellent analogies. See you in February!

    • Thank you! Of all the smells I’ve encountered in China, none come close to cooking the donated meat from Portellos in the Jesus People kitchen! Miss the good times.

  13. This made me cry, Ginger. I don’t know if it was having your students spend time with older people, the sweet old lady giving you her apple, the fact that you had a divorce hearing on Valentine’s Day, the fact that I had no idea you were going through that, or that you found a perfect place for your wedding ring. It must have been a combination. I am sorry for what you have been going through. Thanks for posting this.

    • Thank you. The old folks tugged my heart, reminding me of my mom in so many ways. Their customs, faces and stories are the best of China.

    • Yes. “Mai”, the character for my last name, is the same as the character for MacDonald’s. When I visit schools, I introduce myself as Mai LaoShi, or Hamburger Teacher.

  14. Each day has hidden gifts in them just for us. What a blessing you have found them on this day – special, just for you. The best part is that you too are a tremendous blessing to so many of us. Your journey is not easy but it sure is powerful. The view you share from a vantage point most of us have not experienced ignites our hearts and stirs our passions. Thank you for sharing. Much love from one of your forever friends.

  15. I am a Sunday school teacher for an inner city church and have used a couple of the shortie pages and loved them.

    I was unable to find anymore resources from your previous site. So excited to see this site.

  16. Yep and good job! Incidentally, I roasted a retiring colleague a few years ago and presented him with a retirement tool box. It contained WD40 and duct tape. “If it should move and does not, use the WD40.
    If it should not move but does, use the duct tape.”

    • LOL. Miss you and your jokes! And…your patented Flaming Fury TM peaches. It’s one thing that China hasn’t been able to counterfeit!

  17. I enjoyed this. Be sure to read Wave by a young vacationing woman who lost her 2 young sons, husband and both parents in moments. Well written. It made your article more meaningful!

    Miss you, my friend! Do I remember you saying something about visiting in February? I hope! Love you.

  18. Hi. do you have a more detail address or maybe a map where the place is? I would really like to go there but North of town is a very large area. Thank you Lukas

    • Wish I had better directions.
      Hi, it’s about one mile to the right of the intersection of Longquan and Linyu ( the road Walmart and Carnival are one). It’ll be on the right side of the two way divided street. Keep your eyes peeled. The gateway is hidden down an alley.

  19. Walmart is on Linyu and Beijing Lu I think. Is it after the Walmart coming from Longquan and Linyu intersection? Same side as Walmart? I am not quite sure if you just make fun here ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Evenings are supposed to be filled with Zhumba classes. Lately, they have been filled with correcting grammar mistakes with a red pen. But better than waiting outside of a creative director’s door for a 5 o’clock meeting that doesn’t happen until 8…. best to you.

  20. Happy Birthday Ginger!!! This is Julie….I don’t do Facebook, but Dave does a little. Mentioned today’s your birthday…he said he looked you up & you’re still in China. Hope you are both well…have a happy day!๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ

  21. So glad you got your belongings to China with you, especially the sharpies, haha!!
    Enjoy your writings Ginger, and so glad to see you. God has a good life in store for you, just keep trusting!! ๐Ÿ’•

  22. So glad you got your belongings to China with you, especially the sharpies, haha!!
    Enjoy your writings Ginger, and so glad to see you. God has a good life in store for you, just keep trusting!! ๐Ÿ’•

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    • Thank you! A friend works with women in a different village. A few weeks before thanksgiving, one of the woman had cancer that spread throughout her body causing her arm to get gangrene. The village had no palliative care or affordable health care. The woman amputated her own arm. My friend brought her to a hospital in Kunming.

  24. Ginger,
    This is great writing…. but more importantly, great living. You are walking the walk and talking the talk.
    Sharing your gifts with the world.
    Those kids are blessed beyond…. to have you there!
    Thanks for making a difference ๐Ÿ™‚
    Wish this boy would have won;)

  25. Ginger,
    This is great writing…. but more importantly, great living. You are walking the walk and talking the talk.
    Sharing your gifts with the world.
    Those kids are blessed beyond…. to have you there!
    Thanks for making a difference ๐Ÿ™‚
    Wish this boy would have won;)

  26. Love it, going to use this today for current events discussion with women I work with in Cook County Jail….wonder what they’ll say

  27. What an eyes-open, heart aware tourist you are, Ginger. Painful but true engaging. Thank you. You remind me of somebody I know. .. …

  28. Thanks! Its good to have my eyes opened once more to the pain people are living every day. Even here in Chicago, where the top news seems to be a five car pile up on Lake Shore Drive, or two more families grieving over sons who were shot to death in a drive by. Elected officials who are accused of sexual misconduct ten years ago. My heart aches. Lord help meet the needs here and there.

  29. I love the way you write. Not with your hand or your head, to show off and let everybody know how smart you are, but mostly with your heart, letting everyone know how caring you are!… Touching and true. Thank you

  30. I have been told that in Spring the gardeners in Lincoln Park (which was Chicago’s graveyard) often find bone fragments — brought toward the surface of earth and memory by the freezing and thawing of the soil.

  31. The study of religion is one thing, the practice another very different thing. The first is primarily intellectual and can be sterile, the second demands investment of passion and spirit.

    You are one of the best practitioners I know, thanks for writing of it.

  32. I just ran across your site as I was looking for devotionals/bible studies for urban youth. I LOVE the excerpts from “Another Boy From the Hood: Bible Studies for Urban Youth!” Please say that I can get a copy from you. Amazon is out. I am an associate pastor, a high school teacher, and Christian club sponsor. Thanks in advance!

  33. ‘Gotta go with Mr. Bean for diction and audio mix, although I did enjoy the cow too. Thought it desperately needed some ragtime piano.

  34. Enjoy your journeys and thoughts Ginger. Stay in touch…any chance you will be in chicago when traveling to Wisconsin?

    • Thank you. I’ll be flying into the Windy City. I’m always up for a cuppa joe or something stronger. Just hold the Wheaties:))

  35. You, my friend are amazing! So proud to call you my friend. May this next leg of your journey bring you peace and joy. Always remember you have a place to stay here as long as you want. Thanks for sharing your life!

  36. Cindy, thank you for your kind words and friendship and letting me sleep until noon. It was the longest journey ever–from marriage back to single life!

  37. Oh my! Your picturesque words tantalize my slumbering adventurous spirit! Glad you’re safe. Loving your vantage points. Moved by your memories. I love you my friend. Explore some more so I can be entertained on my sofa!!!!

  38. I love reading your blog! You are a fantastic writer. I was taken to a beige room in Korea once…one of the scariest moments of my life ๐Ÿ˜›

  39. The first word that comes to mind after reading your story is survivor. Despite all odds being against you that fateful night you not only survived, but found faith in humanity and saw the good. I know your journey has been heart wrenching, but you have survived and persevered. Continue to find the good Ginger, you deserve it!

    • Thank you, Laura. ๆ˜ฏๅคงๅœฐ็š„ๆณช็‚น๏ผŒไฝฟๅฅน็š„ๅพฎ็ฌ‘ไฟๆŒ็€้’ๆ˜ฅไธ่ฐขใ€‚
      It is the tears of the earth that keep here smiles in bloom.
      Rabrindranath Tagore

  40. Iโ€™m sorry about your friend but I am happy you are finding such loveliness in the world. I hope 2019 brings you much goodness.

    • Thank you As sad as it was, the day was magical. I had stumbled upon this procession accidentally and was the only westerner there.

  41. Ginger
    Your words brought smiles and tears as the memories came to life. What a gift you have and are to anyone who knows you. Thanks for sharing such heartfelt thoughts. Happy new year dear friend.

  42. How does one write about divorce? It is at the same time a very common form of suffering and a very profound one. The telling of the story always leads the listener toward “But I’ve heard this before.” Because in many cases, there’s no escape from predictable patterns in the journey of the one left behind. (Few of us, frankly, are interested in the story of the one doing the leaving.)

    Ginger Sinsabaugh (her unmarried name) tells her story in small, digestible pieces, interspersed with thought boxes asking as many questions as offering easy answers. Her background as a barista gives her “,” a publisher / approach that promises not to sugar coat things. Ginger doesn’t. Yet somehow one does discover a sense of hopeful optimism despite a lack of any simple happy ending.

    Booklet-sized, “When Life Gives You Butt Beans” doesn’t offer complex theological dissections of divorce or abandonment. What it does offer will be found more than helpful. One woman’s story of divorce and after, her refusal to make that story a blueprint for anyone else, and her openness to allowing her readers and fellow travelers down that road discover what their own questions, hurts, and hopes might be.

    -Jon Trott / former editor, Cornerstone Magazine

  43. When Life Gives You Butt Beans is Ginger Sisabaughล› autobiographical account of soul searching, and self discovery, amidst a mid-life divorce. Cleverly and poignantly told, Ginger bravely exposes her raw emotions to her audience as she muddles her way through this devastating life event. Although her profound sadness is palpable, her quick wit and self deprecating humor helps to keep her story hopeful.

    There is no pretty wrap up to the end of her story; in fact there is not really an end at all, which I did not necessarily like. But then this novella is a work of truth not fiction, so of course there was not going to be the fairy tale ending that the lovable heroine, so completely deserved.

    Not only does Ginger share some bits of wisdom that she discovers on her journey, she also raises important questions about faith and human nature along the way that we could all be wise to ponder.

    • Oh, my, I hope Ginger can forgive me. She does indeed, spell her name Sinsabaugh! My students will have a field day if I admit to them that I made a spelling error!!

  44. As always a delight to read while sitting in the Paris airport waiting to return home from my own rather mild-compared-to-you adventures.

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  47. Ginger, my dear friend. You know I don’t have questions about the Happy Water but about the beautiful needlework! I love the picture of you and Kurst at the end of your post. What an adventure…

  48. You always have a wonderful way with words. Godโ€™s peace and protection for you and the whole of those affected by the corona virus. Just like in Scripture itโ€™s the things we canโ€™t โ€˜seeโ€™ with our natural eye that tries to take us out.
    I love and bless you, Just be…

  49. Hang in there Ginger!
    It sucks, but just think of all the good material you will have forever to write from!
    You will reserve it with style and grace:)

  50. Wow, so sorry you are going through this craziness. Hope you get to GR without any further problems. Where are you now? I travelled recently and made sure to disinfect my luggage as soon as I got home. I thought I was doing well. Someone from Italy posted that it is important to disinfect the bottoms of shoes. I had never considered that!

  51. Bravo Ginger! You are living a real adventure – and I’d guess you’re at no more risk where you are now than you’d be here in the land of no Leadership. Stay safe and be smart – this will not last forever and you will have quite a story to tell!