January 2017

Good Samaritan or Gullible Sucker?

by Rachel Pieh Jones on January 23, 2017

A true confession of my confusion and black heart… I came out of my office, got in my car, and there was a taptaptap on the window. I wound down the window and chatted with the man standing there. “My wife just had a miscarriage,” he said. “She is bleeding. Can you help me?” This […]

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I found a new word on the Facebook profile of a missionary writer, and it’s the best new word I’ve heard in a long time. It’s called fernweh, and it’s a German word that means “a longing for faraway places.” The feeler of fernweh carries a desire — whether met or unmet — to travel to […]

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Getting to the Upside of Hard

by Editor on January 18, 2017

In 1999, armed with 5 suitcases and a child in my belly, we traipsed halfway around the world to begin our overseas adventure. We spent each morning being compared to one another in language class, while our afternoons were filled trying to meet students and figure out this new culture. My less-than-stellar cooking skills became […]

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Let Us Pray (for each other)

by Amy Young on January 16, 2017

I have ideas for posts, but repeatedly I sensed from the Holy Spirit: Amy right now, today, A Life Overseas create a space to pray together. Information and thoughts will hold for another month. Just pray for each other.  ***** How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, […]

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The Measure of Success

by Anisha Hopkinson on January 12, 2017

The year I failed algebra for paying more attention to boys than the teacher, mom and dad grounded me for the entire summer. Freedom on one condition: I had to take algebra summer school and achieve an A in the class. I worked my rear end off. I puzzled out each equation in the math […]

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9 Steps to More Ethical Fundraising

by Editor on January 11, 2017

Six years ago my wife and I were in the middle of a two-year effort to raise the necessary funds to move to the Middle East as long-term workers. While our fundraising journey had been exciting — as friends and family responded generously and lovingly to our call — it was also heartbreaking. We received […]

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To the One Who is Left Behind

by Marilyn on January 9, 2017

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I watched with a sinking heart as my son walked through security and down the hallway to his gate. He was leaving from Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts for a gap semester in Oxford, England. This was my youngest, my baby. The entire process of getting him ready and off was an event. I […]

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Hey friends, it’s January! I don’t care about resolutions, but I do care about our self-care plans, because if we don’t think about our self-care plans now, the year will roll on, and we’ll be left gasping in the dust somewhere down the road. Last January, I asked you this:  what would you do daily, […]

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Missionaries are experts in high expectations.  I mean, who else has a job like this?  Most of us went through a stringent interview process just to get here.  Pages of applications, hours of interviews, weeks of training, our references were asked for more references.  We are held up as examples of godliness.  We have high […]

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In 2017, Get to Know Some Dead People

by Jonathan Trotter on January 3, 2017

It’s a noisy, noisy, noisy world out there. If you’ve got an internet connection, you have access to a screaming torrent of opinions and crises and politics and yummy recipes for some no-bake-easy-prep-3-step-totally-awesome-cheesy-enchiladas. And that, my friends, is why we need dead people. Some time ago, I decided that I needed to balance my reading […]

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