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Sarah Thebarge will be at Canby Alliance Church twice over the weekend for several talks

Canby Alliance Church will host author Sarah Thebarge on Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10.

Saturday's event is the annual Ladies' Tea held at the church. On Sunday, Thebarge is slated to speak during the morning worship service with a Q & A session following.

She lived in Portland, working as a physician's assistant, when she had a chance encounter with a refugee family from Somalia. This family became an integral part of her life as she also grew to be important to them.

Language barriers didn't stand in the way of their pizza dinners, fashion shows and friendship. Because of Sarah's difficult time with her faith in God while in treatment for breast cancer, she found the need to start her life over in a completely new part of the country.

The move to Portland from the East Coast brought her to healing and a renewed faith. Her new Somali friends played a part in her emotional and spiritual healing and renewal.

"Invisible Girls" details several years of her life when she battled breast cancer as a graduate student as well as her experience with a refugee family after she moved to Portland.

Thebarge has just released her second book, "Well."

This book focuses on her time practicing medicine in Togo in 2017. She recently returned from South Sudan where she spent three months volunteering as a physician's assistant.

When not writing books, she writes a blog, teaches nonfiction writing workshops, is a spokesperson for Compassion International and speaks at conferences, retreats and colleges.

Sarah now lives in San Francisco, Calif.

For more information, see her website at sarahthebarge.com

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