Faith/Inspiration

Little-h heroes

by Craig Thompson on September 21, 2016

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In a university class I’m teaching, I started the semester by having the students answer some questions about themselves: What scares you? (spiders, heights, and death were popular—or unpopular, as it were.) What is your hometown, or where else have you lived? (See how I phrased that one in case we had some TCKs in the group?) Who is your hero and […]

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Go to the small places

by Jonathan Trotter on September 4, 2016

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There are three places that make me feel very small. Standing at the edge of the sea, watching the never-ending motion as water is pulled by the unseen and unrelenting forces of gravity and wind and planetary motion. Standing at the foot of a mountain, pondering the historical shifting and breaking that pushed stone into […]

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When It All Blows Up In Your Face

by Amy Medina on August 31, 2016

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Sixteen years ago, my husband and I were all of 24 years old when we arrived in Tanzania for our first term.  We had only been married nine months, and we were passionate and dedicated, but incredibly naïve.  We had absolutely no idea what we were in for. We were working in youth ministry in […]

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Hope Chases Us

by Lisa McKay on August 30, 2016

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More than a decade ago now, my husband, Mike, spent almost two years working in Uganda. During that time, Mike was shadowed for a week by a National Geographic photographer as he went about his work. When the issue came out, the online feature was titled Hope in Hell: The reach of humanitarian aid. One […]

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What does a missionary look like?

by Jerry Jones on August 21, 2016

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  “The white guy with a van.” That’s how my Kenyan friend answered my question, “what does a missionary look like?”  To this day it may be my favorite definition. A teenage girl sitting in the same room had a different answer. “My dad.” She said.  It was a very sweet moment . . . […]

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This is Missions

by Editor on August 10, 2016

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It’s cockroaches and invading ants. It’s weird croaking lizards that wake you up in the middle of the night, night after night because you don’t know how to catch them or even what they would look like if you tried. It’s rats eating the garbage at night because people don’t own trash cans but throw […]

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The Gift of Saudade

by Marilyn on August 9, 2016

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We returned to our apartment in Cambridge yesterday after a long weekend away, and I felt a familiar longing. I turned to my husband and asked him if he felt like our home in Cambridge, was indeed ‘home’. Because I don’t. Not always. Despite my work and church and friends and general life being here, the sense […]

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How to Find the Good in “Goodbye”

by Editor on July 29, 2016

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For the missionary, goodbyes are not a part of life: they are a way of life. Missionaries say goodbye to everything they’ve ever known, from the food they eat to the words they speak. And just about the time their new home becomes home, it’s time to say goodbye all over again. It’s a life of […]

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Is Something Bad Going to Happen?

by Rachel Pieh Jones on July 20, 2016

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*I am on vacation and so this is a repost from a blog during the early stages of the Syrian refugee crisis. It is sadly still relevant. Is something bad going to happen tomorrow? I mean, is something really bad going to happen tomorrow? Yes. I guarantee it. Maybe not to you. Maybe not where […]

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When Persecution Hits

by Editor on July 9, 2016

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“Jesus promised his disciples three things: that they would be completely fearless, absurdly happy, and in constant trouble.” – GK Chesterton A teammate encouraged us one morning with this quote just before we held multiple Bible studies with our friends, many from various unreached ethnic groups. We’d been really good at being in trouble in […]

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Grounded in Transit

by Editor on June 16, 2016

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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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When the lights go out

by Elizabeth Trotter on May 23, 2016

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I want to do all the things. All the very good things there are to do in this world. So I overcommit myself. I don’t say “no.” I say “yes” instead, and spread myself too thin. Then my soul suffers. My work suffers. My sanity suffers. My family life suffers. My spiritual life suffers. I […]

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