Our Charis Family
Mary Beth Stubenrauch
Mary Beth and
Hello Charis Family,
My name is Mary Beth Stubenrauch and I'm
a new Charis Childbirth Educator/Doula student. My husband,
Brian, myself and our four children are
missionaries in northeast Thailand near
the Lao border. We have lived in
Thailand since just a few months after
we were married ten years ago. All
of our children were born in Thailand
and are homeschooled for which we are so
very thankful! We are in the
process of completing the adoption (on
the Thai side) of our youngest son,
Tyndale (age 3).
We've recently moved from the south of
Thailand to the northeast, which is one
of the ways the Lord led me to Charis.
We're in a much
more rural area now,
and I'm hoping to be able to help women
understand their bodies, especially
during pregnancy, birth and post-partum.
It's a pretty taboo subject among most
Thai women, but since I'm not Thai they
seem to be happy to have someone to talk
to about these things. I'm so
excited to be able to study from our
home here in the mountains among the
rice fields and mosquitoes.
Brian and I married, I planned to pursue
traditional midwifery as a way to reach
women wherever in the world God was
planning on sending me, but in His
wisdom He postponed that pursuit and
gave me 4 babies in the first 7 years of
our marriage! : ) I would still
love to become a midwife someday, but
for now, among the responsibilities of
wife, momma of 4, homeschooling, and
missionary life, I'm happy working
toward becoming a
childbirth education and doula. Looking
forward to the Lord's plan for me among my fellow Charis
students and the larger Charis family!
Love from Thailand,
Brian, Mary Beth and their children,
Tyndale (age 3), Mercy (age 7), Micah
(age 4) and Asia (age 9)
4 cups carrot juice (about 4 lbs
½ cup macadamia nut
¼ avocado, mashed
2 TB ginger, minced
2 tsp nama shoyu or tamari
1 TB freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ tsp curry powder (optional)
½ tsp fresh dill or ¼ tsp dry
Pinch of cayenne to taste
Pinch of salt to taste
Pinch of freshly ground black pepper to
avocado wedges (optional for topping)
¼ cup pine nuts (optional for topping)
1. Place 1 cup carrot juice, macadamia
nuts, and avocado in a blender, and
blend on high speed for 20 seconds or
until mixture is smooth.
2. Add ginger, nama shoyu or tamari,
lemon juice, curry powder (if using),
dill, cayenne, salt, and pepper and
blend on low to medium speed for 15 to
20 seconds. Slowly add remaining
carrot juice through the top while
blending on low.
3. Serve immediately at room
temperature. Pour soup into bowls,
and top with avocado wedges and pine
nuts, or any garnish that appeals to
Healing foods: a carrot a day might help
keep the eye doctor away. Half of
a medium size carrot supplies you with
100 percent of your vitamin. A
requirement in the form of beta-carotene
has been shown to be essential for eye
health and, due to its antioxidant
activity, has been reported to lower
heart disease risk.
Yield: 4 cups, prep time: 20 minutes,
serving size 2 cups.
Nutritional Benefits of carrot and
Carrot is one of the most healing foods
that provides the finest and highest
quality in nutrients, especially from
its juice. It is an excellent
source of pro-vitamin A, vitamins C, D,
E, K, B1 and B6.
It is rich with biotin, potassium,
calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, organic
sodium and some trace minerals.
Carrot greens/tops CAN be eaten.
It is very rich with potassium (vitamin
K) and protein. Potassium is a key
mineral in our body, thus high
consumption of it keeps all the organs
in our body in tip-top condition.
The known phytonutrients in carrots are
lutein, lycopene, anti-oxidants alpha,
beta and gamma carotenes, zeaxanthin and
xanthophyll. You don't need to
remember these fancy names, but just
remember that phytonutrients are
nature's marvelous provision for healing
of various diseases.
Ginger is known to have more than twelve
types of anti-oxidants, making it useful
for treatment of many disorders.
Like other spices, it has aphrodisiac
properties and is used widely for
This herb contains essential oils,
protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron,
vitamin C, choline, folic acid, inositol,
manganese, panthotenic acid, silicon,
and a small amount of vitamin B3.