June 2017

How Meditation Saved Me From Missions

by Editor on June 25, 2017

Sixteen years ago I moved to Cambodia with high dreams of helping others and starting a life of adventure. I naively assumed that the spiritual walk would come easy for me. I figured that since I was doing a good work for God, He in turn would bless me with a dynamic filling of Him […]

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“What are people there saying about Syria?” This question was posed to me during a Skype conversation with a friend back in the States. My answer? “I’m not talking to anyone about Syria. I’ve got things to deal with in my own personal ministry, and I’ve got things to deal with in my team ministry. […]

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Why Expats Hate June

by Jerry Jones on June 21, 2017

Summer “home” time is in full swing and while I would love to take a break from binging on family road trips, quality Gramma/Grampa time and high-fructose American corn syrup to write a new post I have finally surrendered to the reality that it’s not happening. Here’s an oldie from The Culture Blend that has been […]

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Come to the Margins

by Rachel Pieh Jones on June 19, 2017

This is a repost, originally published at She Loves Magazine. It is a poem, of sorts and during these days in which so many, many people seem to be and feel marginalized, I wanted to revisit it. Come to the margins, to the railroad track where houses were burned down and women are rebuilding with […]

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This month marks the 25th anniversary of writing newsletters. I know some reading this post have been writing newsletters for many more moons than I have, but I am still a bit surprised that I have 25 years under my belt. Did the word “newsletters” have a Pavlovian response for you? If so, I bet you’re not […]

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Debriefing: Do I need it?

by Anisha Hopkinson on June 14, 2017

My husband and I didn’t know if we needed debriefing, we just knew we needed help. By the end of our first term we were worn out, angry all the time, and felt like our emotional buffers were paper thin. It didn’t take much to send us from seemingly content to all guns blazing. I’d […]

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The One Question We Must Ask

by Jonathan Trotter on June 11, 2017

It’s a simple question, carrying with it the power to clarify purpose and extend longevity. It’s a question that buttresses against the nasty cousins of burnout and bitterness. It’s a question we need to ask more often. It’s simply this: “What is it that I really need?” We’ve got to start asking our cross-culturally-working-selves, “In […]

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June is the month of transition for overseas workers and their families. It’s the month where many make the decision to stay – or to leave.  Decisions to leave are not made lightly – I know this. They are made with butterfly filled stomachs, hurting hearts, and a lot of soul-searching tears. The decision to […]

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Ask a Counselor: roll away the stone of shame

by Kay Bruner on June 6, 2017

This month, I’m continuing a series about removing obstacles to emotional and spiritual growth.  The idea is this: we’re all built to grow and mature, and we will naturally carry out that purpose when we roll away the stones that hold us down. Last time, I talked about how perfectionism blocks growth. This time around, I […]

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I can still remember the random thoughts that shot through my head during my first couple of weeks as an adult long-term missionary.  Wait, what?  There’s nothing planned for us today?  So what are we supposed to do?  Hey, when is someone going to take us souvenir shopping?  I was really looking forward to that!  […]

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Help! My spouse doesn’t feel called to this.

by Craig Greenfield on June 2, 2017

I’m going to wade into this thorny area today, because it’s one of the most common questions I get via email from people: “What do I do when my spouse doesn’t have the same sense of calling to the poor, or mission, or ministry, that I do?” A common scenario is that one partner is gung-ho […]

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