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Tell everyone about Gods wonderful deeds (Psalm 105:2). These words shouted to me at the same time that my perspective on Kariss life was gradually but crucially altered through reading her twenty years of journaling. When Karis wrote the phrase All I see is grace, her suffering seemed insurmountable. All grace As a mom in anguish over her childs adversities, I had to make sense of this for myself.
My first attempt to tell resulted in over 3,000 pages. Reducing that to 250 pages was no small feat. As I review what is preserved in this book, my heart cries, Oh, but theres more! So much more! Theres an abundance of grace. Lavish heaps of it! Thats what Karis found, and what her journals showed me. There is abundance of grace for each of us, in our circumstances, just as there was for Karis in hers.
You may not face the extremities of loss and sufferingor of adventures and delightthat Karis did. You may not have been born with a rare disability, or have grown up in a different country, or speak five languages, or be one of the first in the world to undergo two intestinal transplants. But you can let Karis create a pathway for you to Gods throne of abundant grace. Hes waiting for you there.
The fourth of eight children of missionaries to a remote village of Guatemala, Debra Kornfield faced profound city shock when she moved with her husband David and four small children to the megalopolis of So Paulo, Brazil in 1990. This was her home for fourteen years until she moved to Pittsburgh in 2004 to support their daughter Karis through intestinal transplant, never dreaming that over the next fourteen years, Pittsburgh would become home.
Debra is a nurse with a graduate degree in family counseling. She published three books in Brazil, one of them a groundbreaking book on care for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. She loves hiking, playing with her grandson, cultivating Kariss Friendship Garden, teaching Scripture and counseling in three languages, writing, and traveling with Dave to the ten Latin American countries where they now work. She enjoys writing for and reading the stories people send for her blog, https: //ButGod.blog, and is delighted that biweekly chats keep her in touch with her seven siblings.
Debra met her husband Dave as a freshman at Wheaton College, where she earned a B.A. in English Literature. Dave helped put her through Rush University, where she received her B.S. in Nursing the same month he was awarded his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. In 1988, two weeks before their fourth child was born, David and Debra joined One Challenge International. They live in Pittsburgh, but travel frequently to Latin America and West Africa for their mission work with OCI.