June 2016

When the Mission Field Comes to You

by Chris Lautsbaugh on June 29, 2016

While rounding a corner on a run in the United States the other day, I came across a Muslim women clad in a headdress and robes. I could see her cower off the sidewalk a bit as this white, American man came plodding her way in middle America. You could sense her apprehension and read […]

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Searching for a better way

by Richelle Wright on June 27, 2016

My husband and I have literally raised (more accurately, are still raising) our family “internationally.” I’m typing as we drive through the night, returning our third to the States. She graduated last week and now is beginning a gap year where she will work and earn money for college. She’s pretty sure she wants to be a […]

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7 Thoughts for Graduating TCKs

by Elizabeth Trotter on June 24, 2016

Dear Graduating Senior, This spring I hugged you. I cried with you. I said goodbye to you. And then I looked into the faces of your parents as they said goodbye too. How can I express the depth of my love for you and your parents? I don’t know. All I know is that if […]

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We sat down in church. The pastor found a seat next to us, looked pointedly at us, and started rubbing my son Daniel’s bare feet. I could read it in his eyes: Why does this child not have socks? (Answer: Because when said child has socks, they are somehow pulled off and thrown into unknown locations […]

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The Secret Life of Walter, a Missionary

by Craig Thompson on June 20, 2016

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[With apologies to James Thurber and Walter Mitty.] “I’ll take the kids outside for a while so you can have some uninterrupted time,” says Walter’s wife as she softly closes the door to his office. It’s time to work on their monthly newsletter, and he turns to the keyboard. Tap, tap, tap, ta-tap tap . . . “Walter?” she yells back […]

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Grounded in Transit

by Editor on June 16, 2016

When I moved to Uganda, I met the question, How is home? as part of the standard greeting. I could have easily given the expected fine without putting too much thought into the process, but the inquiry tended to get me thinking. Were they asking about my home in Soroti Town, or in Minnesota, or […]

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White Savior Barbie Nails It

by Rachel Pieh Jones on June 15, 2016

Barbie has an Instagram account. In case you’ve missed it, White Savior Barbie goes to Africa where she poses in a variety of absurd scenarios with over-the-top hash tags that perfectly capture the White Savior mentality. Today I woke up to the most unbelievable sight….I have 100 followers! I never imagined when I started this […]

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A missionary needs an identity rooted in Christ, and not in being a missionary. Who you are matters. If God didn’t care about each of us being unique, why go to the effort of multiple hair colors and textures, body types, heights, skin colors, and sports teams? Identity is good and knowing who you are is […]

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How to be a Real Missionary

by Anisha Hopkinson on June 10, 2016

My first attempt at overseas missions was a rather spur of the moment decision. As I made plans to drop out of college and get an apartment with my best friend, Dad showed me the website of a medical mission in Africa and suggested I give it a try. So I did. I didn’t think […]

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To the “Non-Missionary” Living Overseas

by Marilyn on June 8, 2016

You are the one who is not a missionary. You are the Christian whose husband is with the foreign service or military. You are the Christian whose wife is a physician in a well-known hospital far away from your passport country. You are the business or military or foreign service family who moves too many […]

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Facebook lies and other truths

by Jonathan Trotter on June 6, 2016

Have you ever created a fake boyfriend? Yeah, me neither. One woman did, though, and while she’s no Chewbacca Lady, I still think she’s pretty awesome. You can read Ms. Smothers’ story here. Apparently, “It only took one week and five easily stageable posts for Smothers to convince her followers that she had found love.” […]

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I think spiritual growth and emotional healing usually has three parts:  cognitive, behavioral, and relational. Good books help us work on the cognitive aspect of a problem:  what we think, what we know, what we believe to be true. As a counselor, I love it when a client has already done solid cognitive work before they […]

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