The Far Side of Somewhere

by Elizabeth Trotter on September 21, 2015


I remember my first home service. All those awkward experiences like drinking water from the tap and flushing the toilet with potable water again. Or feeling naked and exposed with no metal security bars on the windows. Or handing payment to cashiers with two hands (like I do in Cambodia) and then being embarrassed, because […]


When the Rocks Lighten: How to Count Suffering

by Abby Alleman on August 26, 2015


It’s been a heavy, transition-packed few weeks around here. As I have been packing and unpacking, there has been a lot of hard news. It’s the kind that stops you right where you are and makes you remember it is a gift to be here. A gift to serve. A gift to be alive. A […]


Gently Lead Those That are With Young

by Marilyn on August 17, 2015


When my parents moved a couple of years ago, they gave my youngest son a painting. The painting is of a Pakistani shepherd. He is holding a lamb on his shoulders, and his expression is one of gentle love.  ********* It was my first day in Iraq and I was at the offices of our […]



by Editor on July 20, 2015


In this age of social media it is so easy and tempting to be seen. I can post an Instagram of my daughter and I reading a book, or what I am chopping for dinner. I can share a funny quote from my kids. And I have total control over how I curate these moments. […]


Encountering God: A Tale of Two Bushes

by Craig Thompson on July 15, 2015


I want to hear God. I want to know his specific will for my life. I want him to tell me what to do next. I want . . . A Burning Bush It worked for Moses. When he was on Mt. Horeb and saw the bush that burned but didn’t burn up, he went over to get a […]


Women at the Well: A Poem

by Editor on July 5, 2015


When our past has cast a shadow Even sunshine can’t dispel, There is One who knows and loves us Who will meet us at the well. _ When our first love’s far behind us And we’re shocked how far we fell, Look how far He’s come to save us. Look! He’s waiting at the well. […]


When You Have to Wash Seven Times

by Editor on June 25, 2015


I was a city girl dropped suddenly into the jungle. It was 2013, the hardest year of my life. Our family of four had packed up and moved to Papua New Guinea and the transition hadn’t gone smoothly. In addition to the two little people who depended on me for everything, culture shock had hit […]


The Psalms: A Reentry Handbook

by Editor on June 11, 2015


I remember hanging suspended upside down inside a squished cab of a pick up truck alongside the road. The ambulance arrived, and two paramedics stuck their heads in from either side of the cab. They told us they would have us out in no time, they inquired as to how we were doing, and then […]

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When Trust Stands Tall

by Richelle Wright on June 10, 2015


I saw or heard that phrase somewhere this last year, and it has hung with me… …because I need trust to stand tall. Like now! A few days back, I went with my freshly graduated 18 year old to her yearly physical (she won’t have her license for a few more weeks). As the nurse measured […]


How to Walk Through the Wilderness

by Abby Alleman on May 28, 2015


I am in the middle of an unexpected and unwanted series of transitions. I can easily fall into the ‘why’s?’ which lead me right into a wallowing self-pity. Yet while it’s hard to believe some days, I know there is a better, far more beautiful way through this desert time. As I was praying yesterday […]

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Longing for a Better Country

by Editor on May 10, 2015


It was May of 1989.  I was 12 years old, and my family was getting ready to leave the country where I had spent most of my childhood. We were leaving Liberia to go back to California for a year-long home assignment.  We packed up our house and put all our personal belongings into the spare […]


Before You Cry “Demon!”

by Jonathan Trotter on May 5, 2015


A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing; Our helper he amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing. For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe; His craft and power are great, and armed with cruel hate, On earth is not his equal. I believe the enemy is real. I […]