February 2016

Out of the Pit and Back Again

by Editor on February 29, 2016

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What is a psalm but a human emotion, poured into words? Perhaps it is a heartbreak, as in Psalm 137; or a rage, as in 109. Perhaps it is a teaching, as in 119, or a shout of praise, as in 145. But perhaps it is a desperate wail from the pit, as in Psalm […]

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Moving overseas is a massive and sudden change. Living overseas is the process of adapting to a million smaller changes, one day at a time. And, guess what? Change = stress. Don’t get me wrong, stress is not necessarily bad for us. Without some pressure in our lives, we stagnate. We need external and internal […]

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On Staying, Leaving, And Which Is Harder

by Abby Alleman on February 23, 2016

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  I lie in a hospital bed. Tubes run in and through me. Though I remember that I am in the hospital, I do not know why I am in the ICU of Szent Imre Korhaz.  It is morning.  The light glides over my bed, streaming through tall glass windows as it bounces off the […]

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Love and Loss: A Poem

by Editor on February 21, 2016

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The accumulated losses of the years I’ve spent abroad Sometimes make me start to wonder if I serve a loving God. Where is love in loss and failure? Where is love in hard goodbyes? Maybe love—to understand it—must be seen through diff’rent eyes. – If I trust that You are loving, bringing rain through darkest […]

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There’s no such thing as the “deserving poor”

by Craig Greenfield on February 18, 2016

My neighbors were evicted. I came home to find their worldly belongings – a couple of dirty sheets, a filthy pink pillow and assorted clothing – piled in a puddle outside my front door. They had previously been living crammed together in one of the tiny, windowless rooms that line our alleyway. Apparently our landlord […]

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Inside Job

Stephen W. Smith wrote Inside Job for leaders, leaders who find themselves trying to “climb the slippery, treacherous slope of success,” often falling with a crash and landing in a heap below. Stephen was once among them. When he began life after graduate school, he says, “I developed an addiction to work that was applauded by every organization I worked for in my […]

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Making Your House Abroad a Home

by Rachel Pieh Jones on February 14, 2016

We rent. We buy used furniture or inherit ancient hand me downs. Our houses are not built straight so the hallway rug runs crookedly along the floorboards and the screen doors don’t fit into the door frames and the bathroom doors don’t quite close tightly. Our sinks and showers don’t drain well and we use […]

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Lauren

I am delighted today to share a conversation with my friend Lauren Pinkston. Lauren is married and has a delightful toddler who will soon become a big sister through international adoption. Lauren is super energetic, fun, and so graciously open to chatting. She and her family live in Southeast Asia and work with human trafficking. […]

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Introverts for Jesus: Surviving the Extrovert Mission Field

by Anisha Hopkinson on February 9, 2016

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I am a classic introvert. Being around a lot of people I don’t know totally drains me. I need substantial daily doses of quiet in order to survive. I’m introspective. I learn best through observation. I am friendly, but I hate small talk. If I had my way small talk would be forever eradicated in […]

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To the Displaced and the Exiled

by Marilyn on February 8, 2016

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To the Displaced and the Exiled I get it. You sit in a crowd of people and you feel your mouth go dry, the bite you just took from your scone chokes your throat. How can you be this lonely in a crowd of people? How is it possible that your passport country feels so […]

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Dear Single Missionary

by Editor on February 4, 2016

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I once was an “expert” single person. After five years in China, I knew how to travel across the world with 100 pounds of luggage, stay in hostels alone, barricade myself on bunk beds at night on 27 hour train rides, and cook for one. Sometimes it was fun, but often it was lonely. At 32, […]

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Ask a Counselor: recognizing and managing anxiety

by Kay Bruner on February 3, 2016

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Anxiety.  It’s a thing we’re not supposed to have, right? Because “There are 365 verses that say ‘fear not,’ one for every day of the year” “80% of the things we worry about never happen” and also, “The Bible Clearly Says, ‘be anxious for nothing.’” But, as one of my besties says, “I’m not anxious […]

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