March 2014

What motivated you to go into missions? What keeps you going? Romance. I don’t know about you, but romance is what drove me into missions. The romance of being a great missionary, of changing an entire people group, of seeing a whole country turn to Christ. This romantic idea was first kindled during my children’s […]

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Giving Good Gifts

by Kelley Nikondeha on March 27, 2014

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The Batwa people live on the edges of Burundian society, marginalized in their own country. Local humanitarian workers tell tales of these people who thwart good gifts and show little gratitude, making them notoriously difficult to work with. One organization generously gave corrugated metal roofs for the thatch-constructed homes. But soon after the installation, the […]

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The Hard Questions

by Marilyn on March 26, 2014

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It was late afternoon and the sun was slowly setting across the solid blue, desert sky. The call to prayer echoed across the city of a thousand minarets. My blonde-haired 7-year-old looked at me, her deep blue eyes serious. “Is Faiza going to Heaven?” We were living in Cairo, Egypt and Faiza was our baby sitter […]

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Home Assignment Blues

by Richelle Wright on March 24, 2014

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I remember when I used to think that teachers had the best job in the world BECAUSE they had a whole summer vacation. Many of my Nigerien friends think that that distinction actually belongs to missionaries on home assignment BECAUSE they have a whole YEAR vacation. Halfway through our home assignment year, halfway through our […]

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Please Don’t Say, “They Are Poor But They’re Happy.”

by Rachel Pieh Jones on March 21, 2014

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Katherine Boo talks about the western ‘conceit that poverty is ennobling.’ Tracy Kidder, in his book Mountains Beyond Mountains, quotes Paul Farmer, “There’s a WL (white liberal) line – the ‘They’re poor but they’re happy’ line.’ They do have nice smiles and good senses of humor, but that’s entirely different.” I am of the opinion […]

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A New Racism

by Chris Lautsbaugh on March 18, 2014

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Anyone working in missions will come face to face with the reality of racism at some point. Historically it has been an issue of skin color. In most nations black was wrong and white was right. I live and work in South Africa. Perhaps there has never been a nation where racism was more evident […]

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A Turnip for the King

by Angie Washington on March 16, 2014

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Two brothers lived in a kingdom long ago. One survived off the land as a poor farmer. The other was very rich. While tending his crops one day the farmer noticed one of the turnips had grown huge. He pulled it from the ground and it filled a wheelbarrow. The idea occurred to him to […]

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A few words of introduction to my post for today… The essay below was written several years ago now, in an attempt to redeem one of the silliest things I have ever done in all my years of traveling. And, oh my word. There have been a lot of silly things I’ve done involving airports […]

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On Compassion and Fighting Fatigue

by Tara Livesay on March 10, 2014

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A young woman laid on the bed writhing and crying out in unbearable pain. She had been coming to classes at our Maternity Center for many months. She had been given sufficient time to know us, but had never really come to trust us. Her baby had been born. She had spent some time recovering […]

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Airlines We’ve Known

by Marilyn on March 7, 2014

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It’s Friday. Friday means different things in different parts of the world. For some of us, Friday is our day of worship. How well I remember Scotch Presbyterians arguing that “One could never worship on a Friday” when Pakistan changed its weekend to Friday and Saturday.  A year later said Scots were worshiping on a […]

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Cigarettes, Multiple Wives, and Loving Jesus

by Angie Washington on March 4, 2014

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Imagine a man native to the region where you live. He gets Jesus. Grows. Starts a church. It flourishes. The dozens become hundreds. Your little missionary heart bursts with pride to see this man so successful. The church secretary and the volunteers overlook his hot temper and his prejudice towards people of a certain skin […]

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Big News!

by Editor on March 2, 2014

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Dear Friends, We are continually so, so grateful for the ways this community and its conversations have spiraled out to the far reaches of the globe and down into the hard realities of working and seeking God internationally. Thank you for being here. We’re over 200 posts into this conversation about missions, and  1500 comments […]

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