September 2015

People are not our Project

by Chris Lautsbaugh on September 30, 2015

As a zealous, young missionary I seemed to make  the same mistake over and over. Now as a veteran, I find the same never-ending truth must remain continually before me. People are not our projects.   We never set out to do this intentionally. Our mistakes are made in ignorance. Our desire is to do good, […]

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Resources For Men Serving Cross-Culturally

by Amy Young on September 28, 2015

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I received the following email from a man I’d met at MTI’s Debriefing and Renewal. Brian, his wife, and I were in the same debriefing group. I was recently talking to a former missionary friend of mine who was going through some tough times in his re-entry to the States despite the fact that he has […]

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How to Keep Running When You Have Fallen

by Abby Alleman on September 25, 2015

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The clouds wisp along the sky like cotton candy in rosebud pink, salmon and peach colors. It is early morning. I pound the concrete with sure steps and even breaths. I have started running again. I have only run but a time or two in the nearly nine years since I was pregnant, and sick, […]

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The Far Side of Somewhere

by Elizabeth Trotter on September 21, 2015

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I remember my first home service. All those awkward experiences like drinking water from the tap and flushing the toilet with potable water again. Or feeling naked and exposed with no metal security bars on the windows. Or handing payment to cashiers with two hands (like I do in Cambodia) and then being embarrassed, because […]

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Nine Ways to Save a Marriage

by Sarita Hartz on September 21, 2015

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If there is one place where your marriage will suffer, it’s probably on the mission field. My husband and I waltzed into marriage crazy in love and stupidly naïve. After knowing each other only 4 months, we eloped on a white sand beach in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Then we spent the next five years running a […]

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That One Safe Friend

by Craig Thompson on September 18, 2015

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Do you have that one safe friend? When I went overseas, I didn’t. In fact, I didn’t even know I needed one. Don’t get me wrong. I had a lot of friends, good friends, but I didn’t have one particular person who was committed to the role of being that one safe friend. Since then I’ve come to […]

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On Harassment: Freedom from the Silence of Shame

by Marilyn on September 16, 2015

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Long ago on a spring day in Cairo, I was walking across a small footbridge to the area of the city where I lived. I had crossed the footbridge hundreds of times, usually with one or three children hanging on to my skirt and in my arms. This time I was alone, lost in my […]

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How to partner with a poor church without screwing everything up

by Craig Greenfield on September 15, 2015

Partnering directly with poor churches is a promising way to do mission for affluent churches. Skip the middleman and Go Direct is the mantra of this internet age. I personally like the idea of this approach because of the possibility it holds for real, long-term, mutual relationships to emerge between rich and poor. But if you’ve […]

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Across the Great Divide

by Richelle Wright on September 14, 2015

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As a kid, I vaguely remember watching a movie called Across the Great Divide. I don’t remember a ton of details – essentially two orphan kids have to get across the Rocky Mountains and to the West Coast to get their inheritance. In the process, they meet up with… and end up partnering with… a […]

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Dear Oldies (a letter from a newbie)

by Anisha Hopkinson on September 10, 2015

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Hi there. It’s me, the Newbie. I read the 5 tips for Newbies about building relationships with Oldies and figured since the line of communication opened, I’d go ahead and share too. At a year and a half in country, I’m just over the ‘how in the world do I bake with a gas mark […]

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My Kids Are Not Little Missionaries

by Editor on September 8, 2015

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We don’t go into cross cultural missions without a fair degree of idealism. We would never leave our home, family, friends and culture if we didn’t think it was our calling and that we would make a difference. As parents, our children become part of that idealism. We can’t help having expectations and dreams of […]

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Failing at Fatherhood (how moving abroad ruined my parenting)

by Jonathan Trotter on September 6, 2015

I sat on the floor, weeping. I was two whole days into living abroad, and I was already losing it. Those tears portended more, and in our first year overseas, the thing that knocked me down the most, the thing that discouraged and distracted and depressed me the most, was the sense that I was […]

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