October 2016

The Remedy for the Pain is the Pain

by Tara Livesay on October 30, 2016

When I wake up in the morning I feel the consequence of my anger before I even swing my feet to the floor. My teeth ache from nighttime jaw clenching. Anger is my go-to emotion of late. Last week my children dressed up as four of the feelings/characters from the Disney movie Inside-Out.  Their choices […]

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How Buddhism Taught Me to Love My Neighbors Better

by Elizabeth Trotter on October 28, 2016

This month I didn’t like my neighbors very much. We have new neighbors, and they play their music loud, blasting it out of their apartment with the door open. Sometimes for hours at a time. This causes problems for me. I teach my children at home, and we need an environment conducive to learning. But […]

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Before going to live in a third world country we had a lot of people come to us concerned for our children. I remember standing so tall and proud as I answered them and said I was sure of a few things. One was that we were definitely called. Since that was the case, it […]

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Looking for Mic-Drop Methods in Missions

by Craig Thompson on October 24, 2016

I don’t much trust stories that end with “And they all lived happily ever after.” That’s because experience has taught me that princes often turn out to be less than charming and fairy-tale princesses turn out to be, well, only in fairy tales. Of course, we don’t hear “happily ever after” a lot any more, not because we […]

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Why Is It Always About Money?

by Rachel Pieh Jones on October 21, 2016

Nik Ripken wrote an excellent article a few weeks ago about how foreigners need to be better at being needy, how we need to grow in dependence on the people around us. The specific example he used of a man doing this well was about money. I appreciated the article but one thought lingered: Why […]

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I Love Travel Days

by Jerry Jones on October 20, 2016

There are SO many bits of expat life that make zero sense to the normal people. So many. Here’s one, though, that makes no sense whatsoever, even to me:  I absolutely love traveling with my family. I know what you’re thinking.  “Who doesn’t?!” But I’m not talking about being there, I’m talking about getting there. […]

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I believe in the importance of Sabbath. Unfortunately, for many of us, the idea of Sabbath is familiar and foreign. It’s a word we use often, but one we don’t know how to have it be a part of our reality on the field. I’m a member of The Sabbath Society because I need this […]

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How to Encourage Your Overseas Worker

by Anisha Hopkinson on October 13, 2016

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Someone in your life serves overseas and you want to encourage them in a meaningful way, but aren’t quite sure how? It’s actually easier than you might think. Take it from me, when you live overseas, the biggest encouragements often come through small, heartfelt actions. Here are 7 suggestions for how to encourage: 1) “Thanks […]

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When God Won’t Give Me What I Want

by Jonathan Trotter on October 11, 2016

Is he really a “good, good Father”? We sing it often enough, and truth be told, I really like singing and talking about the good character that our Abba Father indeed has. But sometimes it sounds like we’re desperately trying to convince ourselves. Because sometimes we doubt. And no wonder. Because sometimes we ask for […]

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White Privilege in Western Missions

by Editor on October 9, 2016

“There’s really no such thing as the voiceless. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.” – Arundhati Roy *          *          * I am an Asian American, born and raised in the States, a child of immigrants. Growing up, my faith was deeply influenced by Western Christian thought, but always experienced in the […]

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Ask A Counselor: walk in the light you have

by Kay Bruner on October 5, 2016

When I was taking classes toward my masters in counseling, one of my favorite professors was an older gentleman with many years’ experience in the counseling world.  Whatever class he was teaching, we could be sure that he would regale us with fascinating tales of his experiences as a therapist. Inevitably, he would conclude one […]

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A missionary is, literally speaking, “one who is sent out.” But my husband and I did not go down the traditional missionary road. We were not sent by a church or organization, and we do not solicit funds or ask for financial support. We simply feel commissioned by the Holy Spirit to go to “the […]

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