April 2014

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I’ve been watching parents in the international community say goodbye to their graduating seniors for a while now. I’ve been watching the seniors themselves say goodbye to their friends – fellow third culture kids like themselves. Watching these parental goodbyes feels like a knife in my chest. I have to stop myself from thinking about it just so I […]

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Bribery, Piracy and Police Fundraisers

by Angie Washington on April 28, 2014

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One meets road blocks on our highways. A driver stops and the man by the shack saunters out with a huge rifle perched on his hip. He glances over the vehicle and says with tired bluntness and a slight curve of a grin, “The time has come for you to pay me.” He receives the […]

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The Inevitable Pain of Loneliness

by Editor on April 25, 2014

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There is a depth of loneliness that one experiences while living overseas that is difficult to articulate. Away from all that is familiar, the nagging ache can accost us at odd times, almost like grief. Yet in a very real way, as a fellow writer friend said “Loneliness gives me my humanity. She connects me […]

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A Land Flowing with Milk & Honey

by Kelley Nikondeha on April 23, 2014

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The dark-soiled land was rich with promise. As they stood on the property line looking across the verdant valley carpeted with cabbage and hills of slim trees whispering with the breeze, the 30 Batwa families could scarcely believe this was their new home. Each man had a plastic grocery bag with the family’s belongings – […]

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“But it’s not [stamps foot] what I wanted!”

by Richelle Wright on April 21, 2014

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Remember being a kid and looking forward to birthday presents from Grandma and Grandpa? Yes, you had to go through the long, drawn out process of taking forever to open and read the card, but afterward? Rip, tear and toss away, finally diving into a box of something sure to bring pure delight. After all, […]

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On Good Friday – A View From Above

by Marilyn on April 18, 2014

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In the city of Cairo twin minarets stand tall, their silhouettes marked against a clear blue sky. They stand distinguishable from the thousand other minarets because of their fame as a city landmark. The minarets frame a gate still standing since the 11th century, the gate of Bab Zuweila. The minaret towers are so high […]

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My House Shall Be Called

by Jonathan Trotter on April 16, 2014

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Photographing weddings got me through college. It also taught me about the Church. Sometimes, your day is spent with really happy people. Sometimes, it’s spent with really stressed out people. Sometimes, the really stressed out people turn into the really happy people. You get to be around radiant brides, people who dance but really shouldn’t, […]

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Dangerous Riches

by Rachel Pieh Jones on April 14, 2014

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I wrote last month about the troubling ways we sometimes talk about the poor – assigning the simplistic emotion of happiness while not allowing them a fuller, more complex array of human emotion. And about the way the poor are presented as inherently holy, simply because of their poverty. Today I want to talk about […]

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Reflections of God

by Chris Lautsbaugh on April 11, 2014

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Many times in missions, we speak of the difficulties with greater frequency than the good things. We talk about racism. We speak of our various phases of culture shock. Stories of being hurt by those we work with abound. Even at times, we venture into difficult topics like trauma or loss. What of the positive? […]

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We, the People of the Globe

by Laura Parker on April 9, 2014

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We are the people of the Globe. Not a city or a state, or even a single country, but the whole wide world– the one He’s got in His hands. We are a people made tender by airport goodbyes and flexible by the travel we log after those tears have dried.  We are those who […]

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Third Culture Kids in the World of Faith

by Editor on April 7, 2014

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By Cindy Brandt Every person in the congregation put their right hand over their chest and started reciting something in unison. Like having discovered I was driving on the wrong side of the road, I frantically tried to make the correction and catch on to the protocol. Rather panicked, I looked to my American husband […]

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The Existence Of Poo (On Shame, Part I)

by Lisa McKay on April 4, 2014

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Almost four years ago now, on a velvety Friday night, my husband, Mike, and I had a hot date. We’d been married a year and a half by that stage, and living in our new home-town of Luang Prabang, Laos, for three whole weeks. We decided to go somewhere special to celebrate. That somewhere was […]

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