Faith/Inspiration

The Language of Sport

by Chris Lautsbaugh on March 26, 2015

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Language study is one of the hardest and most time-consuming efforts missionaries make. There is, however, a language which is common to the world and far easier to learn. This is the language of sport. When my family arrived in South Africa as lovers of sport, we missed a trip to the Super Bowl by […]

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How to Find Refreshment on the Field

by Editor on March 24, 2015

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Today we are excited to have Danielle Wheeler from Velvet Ashes share an opportunity for women in the ALOS community. Danielle has written for ALOS before and knows well the joys and challenges of a life overseas. ************ I was beginning to believe it was impossible.  Finding refreshment and renewal where I lived felt almost laughable. Alone […]

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“…tell us plainly.”

by Richelle Wright on February 9, 2015

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The Jews make that request of Jesus. The Jews make this statement at a very specific time and at a very specific place: the Feast of Dedication (while celebrating the remembrance of miraculous provision) at Solomon’s Colonnade (where God had traditionally accomplished great things).  Can you identify with “the Jews” in this passage? Have you […]

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The Little Word That Frees Us

by Elizabeth Trotter on January 29, 2015

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We talk a lot about Missionary Kids (MKs) being Third Culture Kids (TCKs), but we talk less often about another aspect of their lives, the Preacher’s Kid (PKs) aspect. These MKs of ours, these kids we love so fiercely, are both TCKs and PKs. They deal with both the cultural issues of TCKs and the […]

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Eeny Meeny Miney Moe And Where Oh Where Is Home?

by Abby Alleman on January 25, 2015

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Eeny, meeny, miny, moe, Catch a tiger by the toe. If he hollers, let him go, Eeny, meeny, miny, MOE! Have you ever wanted to do this when someone asks you where you are from? Run your fingers over the choices and chant until you land on the ‘moe’ of home? I remember the wide-eyed […]

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Competing, contrasting or complimentary?

by Richelle Wright on January 13, 2015

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Our last January in West Africa, we took the family camping at a nearby game park. We camp a lot in the States – sometimes even in some pretty out-of-the-way places, but that was the first time I’d ever camped in Africa, under an African sky, in a really remote location. No city lights. No […]

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Ever Becoming – One Word 365

by Alece Ronzino on January 11, 2015

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We are so grateful to have Alece Ronzino join us again this year. Alece is well-known to many of us in her work to both free and challenge us by inviting us to pick just one word to guide the year. While lengthy resolutions often spell defeat, one word can impact us in ways we can’t […]

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My Hope For You in 2015

by Rachel Pieh Jones on January 5, 2015

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Wouldn’t it be nice if I could hope for you only and fully that all your days be merry and your nights be bright and your path be smooth and the sun shine gently on your face? I do hope the road rises to meet you and that you find joy in every relationship and […]

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When the Straight & Narrow Isn’t

by Jonathan Trotter on January 1, 2015

My parents had their life all mapped out, and then their baby was born with chromosomal abnormalities and died at home, surrounded by tubes and oxygen tanks, only a month old. As a teenager, I had my life pretty well planned out (get my pilot’s license, be Nate Saint). But then my mom got cancer […]

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Missions Field or Land of Opportunity?

by Chris Lautsbaugh on December 29, 2014

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One man’s mission field is another’s land of opportunity. I realized this in a fresh way as I was interacting with some immigrants to South Africa from Malawi. They were telling me about their home nation, Malawi. The common descriptions were of a lush, green, and beautiful nation which was peaceful. They left their homeland […]

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Tempted to Tell All

by Richelle Wright on December 19, 2014

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“Mama, when we were at the library the other day, I was tempted to tell someone about Jesus and how He was born to save us. Is that wrong?” I couldn’t help but smile. Funny question for a missionary kid to be asking… After all, isn’t that what missionaries do? Isn’t that what we teach […]

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Rethinking the Christmas Story

by Rachel Pieh Jones on December 17, 2014

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*edited and reposted from the original Rethinking the Nativity on Djibouti Jones and I encourage you to read the comments there. I am tired of the Christmas story. Clarification: I’m tired of the way I keep hearing it and seeing it and reading it. Of course I’m tired of the way consumerism has hijacked this holy […]

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