Beautifully Human... Mandy Swain...


As we continue our series today, Beautifully Human...

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We focus on the beauty of humans and the power in their stories…

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Through telling their stories we hope to connect this world. To spread strength, love, and humanity...

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To show a common thread of beautiful humans…

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This week we go to Warsaw, Indiana with Amanda Swain to hear her incredible story...

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Mandy is one of my many cousins. Sadly I do not see her as often as we used to.

Growing up I remember laying on the floor with Mandy at our Grandma's house and looking at picture books of different states. I feel like those moments shaped both of us and our love for travel.

Mandy is such a kind and caring woman. I have always admired how incredible she is with her family. Seeing how we all were as kids I know she has a lot of that in her household.

It makes me happy to watch her and her family grow and adventure together. Happy to have her as family.

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Let’s all be beautifully human…

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Tell me a story that shaped your life…


- I think something that has really shaped my life is my father dying when I was 4. I remember my 4th birthday with him laying in his hospital bed smiling at me while I played pin the tail on the donkey. He died 3 days later. I know this isn't a story really, it's an event but my life has been shaped by his legacy. He was an amazing man and I just wanted to make him proud and continue his legacy.



Tell me a story that enriched your life…


- I have so many stories from my travels that have enriched my life. Just seeing how people live all over the world and how little you need to be happy. It's all about relationships, with each other and with God.

Seeing the slower pace with less modern technology in Kyrgyzstan, the way neighbors help each other out and really create a village in Cambodia really makes me want for a slower pace of life. And they always have their hands open. What little they have they are so happy to share. It's a different worldview and it's really refreshing. I have really tried to slow the pace of my life and to live with generosity.


Tell me a story that enriched another life…


- I went to Cambodia a few years ago and led a women's retreat for the pastor's wives. And they were in tears every day because so many people came and helped their husbands while they stayed home and took care of the kids or ran the family business so their husbands could go to surrounding villages and preach.

But a group of women came with me and we spent the week just pouring into these women and basically telling them that we see them and that what they are doing is so important. We also swapped recipes (my kids get to enjoy my international recipes) and time just sitting and getting to know each other.