October 2015

On Avoiding The Resentment

by Tara Livesay on October 30, 2015

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News Flash:  There aren’t any news flashes in this post, but there are some things we all tend to do over and over again that get us in trouble.  I decided maybe that means we (I) need to keep talking about it. * * * There is just something about the life overseas that creates […]

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Uncomfortable Unknowns with Young’uns

by Richelle Wright on October 28, 2015

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I wrote the original version of these words just over five years ago, in September 2010. Five years later, I could still be writing these words – it doesn’t feel like much has changed at all. And yet, our children have gotten older, it seems like the stakes are higher… everything has changed and just keeps on changing […]

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Because Grief Has A Name

by Abby Alleman on October 26, 2015

I write this from an International De-Brief organized by our ministry, Cru. As I was preparing for the conference, I felt wary, even afraid. I didn’t want to dive back into the raw emotion of leaving Hungary last spring. I didn’t want to face the loss and grief. Grief can be like a scary villain, […]

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How to Help TCKs Manage Probing Questions

by Editor on October 22, 2015

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Children think in concrete, specific terms: black and white, true and false. As parents, we train them to tell “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.” What could be wrong with that? I don’t want to raise liars, and I’m sure you don’t either. But sometimes, when you live overseas, the whole […]

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What Is a Bridge but a Paradox?

by Craig Thompson on October 20, 2015

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What do you see when you see a dock? A place for studying the horizon? For dipping a toe in the water? For casting off? Or a place for lowering your sails? For stepping onto dry land? For coming ashore? Is it a place for setting out or coming back? Much depends on the compass of your heart. If for […]

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10 Questions Missionary Kids Dread

by Taylor Murray on October 18, 2015

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Ever talked to an MK before? Did you wonder why we looked a little lost? Why we tend to give people confused looks all of the time? Yeah. As an MK myself, I can say with confidence: we’re an odd bunch. Guilty as charged! But there’s more to the story than you might think. You […]

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The Underbelly of Being Radical

by Editor on October 17, 2015

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My husband and I both have college degrees and 4.0 GPA’s (okay, not exactly, he once got an A-, and I once got a B). We like to think we’re pretty talented and could do anything in the world we wanted to do. But instead of staying in the States and raking in tons of […]

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I start this off with a bit of fear. I want to talk about a topic that makes me feel uncomfortable, and I have little expertise when it comes to financial planning, but it is important so I’m going to push past my excuses. Money and missionaries: do you have a plan for retirement?   Let me […]

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If I’m Perfect

by Anisha Hopkinson on October 11, 2015

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I know I’m not perfect, but if I’m really honest, I want you to think I am. I want to learn the language well. I want to serve my neighbours well. I want to relate to my team well. I want to communicate to my supporters well. I want to write well. I want to […]

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    I was introduced one time in Cairo as “This is Marilyn. She DOES things with the food here.” The person I was introduced to looked at me in holy awe. “You can DO things with the food here? How?” To me, Cairo was a thriving metropolis that had cheese. Doing things with the food […]

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6 Reasons Furloughs are Awesome (sort of)

by Jonathan Trotter on October 6, 2015

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6. A furlough is one of the best “weight-gain” plans out there. It’s sort of like pregnancy, but with furlough, the cravings occur every-mester. During furlough, scales become toxic and should be avoided at all cost. No worries, though, ’cause if you’re wondering whether or not you’ve gained weight, just get back on the plane and return […]

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Would Jesus Give an Addict a Clean Needle?

by Craig Greenfield on October 5, 2015

Would you give an addict a clean needle, so they could stay alive until they found freedom from their addiction? Would you give a prostituted woman condoms, so she could protect herself until she found freedom from prostitution? Clearly, the famous evangelical leader I was speaking with in Cambodia didn’t think we should be helping […]

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