The Song of The World

by Abby Alleman on November 24, 2015

world music

Imago Dei God’s image Every nation Every tongue Every tribe Everyone And in each of us, a song.  And that song is like the first song. The one C.S. Lewis and I imagine brought the world into existence. The Spirit hovers over the waters, and there was darkness over the surface of the deep.  And ever so slowly, […]


When a country is etched into your soul

by Elizabeth Trotter on November 22, 2015


When I’m in Cambodia, I assume that I think like an American and that I act like one too — because in many ways I do. But then I return to America and discover I’ve forgotten some key facts about the way Americans live in America. Things like: Americans don’t throw their toilet paper in the […]


Jumping Off the Pedestal

by Editor on November 6, 2015


I live in fear of disappointing people. Supporters, our church, our organization, family, friends. I know how messy my life is, I know the things I struggle with, I know where I stumble, I know how often I mess things up, and now I worry others will know too. I have always been a pretty […]


Same Same, Thankfully

by Editor on November 3, 2015


As I am in the middle of wading through culture shock,  I am so thankful for things that seem to transcend time zones and culture. Things that I know are the same no matter where I am or who I’m with or what language I’m (kind of) speaking. Like the normal, everyday things that make […]


Uncomfortable Unknowns with Young’uns

by Richelle Wright on October 28, 2015


I wrote the original version of these words just over five years ago, in September 2010. Five years later, I could still be writing these words – it doesn’t feel like much has changed at all. And yet, our children have gotten older, it seems like the stakes are higher… everything has changed and just keeps on changing […]


If I’m Perfect

by Anisha Hopkinson on October 11, 2015

she could have done better

I know I’m not perfect, but if I’m really honest, I want you to think I am. I want to learn the language well. I want to serve my neighbours well. I want to relate to my team well. I want to communicate to my supporters well. I want to write well. I want to […]


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. […]