Faith/Inspiration

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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In the Light, in the Dark, Remember

by Craig Thompson on May 18, 2016

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Don’t forget in the darkness what you have learned in the light. In Where Is God when It Hurts? Philip Yancey quotes these words of Joseph Bayly, former director of InterVarsity press and former president of David C. Cook Publishing. Then Yancey adds,  “Yet sometimes the darkness descends so thickly that we can barely remember the light.” Missionary and author […]

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When There is No “Other Hand”

by Marilyn on May 9, 2016

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Although I’ve not seen it in years, Fiddler on the Roof is one of my favorite shows/movies. I’ve watched the movie many times and seen the performance live as a musical theatre production at least twice. The scenes that have found a permanent place in my memory are what I call the “other hand scenes.” These […]

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But I’ve done all these good things . . .

by Elizabeth Trotter on March 24, 2016

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The question came as Jesus was beginning His last journey to Jerusalem. It came as He was heading toward His most heart-rending task, as He was starting the long descent toward death: “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” We all know the story. A young, rich, religious man calls Jesus good and […]

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It’s Not That I Don’t Try

by Anisha Hopkinson on March 10, 2016

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I am a homemaker. My husband is a missionary helicopter pilot. A while back we had a “How was your day?” conversation that went like this… Husband: “We flew over to pick up a few people from the crash site and take them back to the hospital. Tom went back with stretchers to pick up […]

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