2015

I Believe, Help My Unbelief

by Chris Lautsbaugh on December 30, 2015

In work, ministry, and life we all experience frequent seasons when things don’t work out quite the way we had hoped. In missions, our internal dialogues consist of “Am I making a difference?” or “Will these things ever change?” When we are trusting for provision, for a breakthrough in our health, or seeing a life […]

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When dreams come true and life gets uncomfortable  

by Richelle Wright on December 28, 2015

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Over 40 years ago and a brand-new baby follower of Jesus, I promised God that if He’d have me, I’d someday be a missionary for Him when I grew up. In what is now approaching 25 years ago, I met a guy who also felt God might just be directing him towards a lifetime of […]

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What Do We Do Now?

by Abby Alleman on December 26, 2015

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Searching for Home

by Kathleen Shumate on December 22, 2015

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It’s hard to describe the turbulence of soul that comes from being on the move, always unsettled. You cannot be still and breathe deeply. You cannot love the wild-growing front-lawn tulips too much, or the way the sunlight turns the living room into a golden elven forest in the afternoon. They will soon be gone. […]

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When Singing “Joy to the World” Feels Too Hard

by Elizabeth Trotter on December 20, 2015

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Sadness has found me this Christmas season. I bear sadness over the brokenness in the world, and I bear sadness over the brokenness in my own life. So I mourn. And I grieve. Then, as I am currently in the United States for a short visit, I look around at America’s intensely commercialized version of […]

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To Eat or Not to Eat, That Is the Question

by Craig Thompson on December 18, 2015

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I need your help to crowd source this post. Let me explain. In every culture, there are some foods that those on the outside don’t understand. In fact, many on the inside don’t understand them either. Maybe they were first eaten during a time of shortage, and then, after that time had passed, they were handed down […]

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The Darkness is Not Winning

by Marilyn on December 16, 2015

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“The darkness is not winning!” These are words I read yesterday in a newsletter from my brother and sister-in-law. Stan and Tami live in Denver but spend at least half the year traveling throughout the world. And in their travels, they see things. They connect with people through the joys and challenges of a life […]

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Best Christmas Advice: Act One and Act Two

by Amy Young on December 14, 2015

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Act One: several years ago In a meeting with a Chinese pastor my colleague and I asked her how foreign Christians in the vicinity of her church could support her and the church. The church is in sort-of a rural area (a relative term in that part of China) and most of the foreigners don’t […]

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Advent Longing in the Horn of Africa

by Rachel Pieh Jones on December 11, 2015

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One Christmas Eve in Djibouti my family drove past a cart. It was a rickety wooden contraption attached by frayed ropes to the back of a donkey and clattered down the main road. A man sat on a makeshift seat and held a stick, hovering it above the donkey’s flanks. He wore a red and […]

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So This Is Christmas

by Anisha Hopkinson on December 8, 2015

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Before moving overseas we debated about whether or not to take our Christmas tree, a 5 foot pre-lit beauty. The perfect tree, a virtually undetectable fake. I loved it. Each year that perfect tree went up early and stayed up late. Alas, in the move as our shipment and suitcases filled with other possessions, my […]

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When your work is taken away from you

by Editor on December 7, 2015

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My husband and I moved to rural Cambodia in March 2011, and through the summer of 2012, I volunteered in a missionary clinic as a registered nurse. I helped set up the clinic, registered patients, assisted with procedures, and visited patients in their homes— a volunteer job that was meaningful and fulfilling. I was also […]

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Ask a Counselor: What about anger overseas?

by Kay Bruner on December 3, 2015

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“What are some reasons that missionaries struggle so much with anger? What are ways we can deal with it on the field? What are helpful things a spouse can do if the other spouse is struggling with anger?” What is it with anger overseas?  Why do we see so much of it? If we’re experiencing […]

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