Faith/Inspiration

How Do You Write Your Name in the Land?

by Elizabeth Trotter on July 24, 2014

The streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia are littered with garbage. The garbage stinks, and the open sewers reek. The construction on my street can be deafening, and I sometimes tire of all these sights, sounds, and smells. But in the middle of this assault on my (admittedly sensitive) senses, I catch a glimpse of perfection: palm trees, right in [...]

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Is Jesus a Liar?

by Rachel Pieh Jones on July 11, 2014

(The following post is a reprint, originally published at Relevant Magazine and reprinted with permission. Thanks for understanding the limited writing opportunities while I am homeless for a month, wandering the Horn of Africa.) In 2003 I moved to the Horn of Africa. My husband had a teaching contract at the only functional University and I [...]

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I have to Believe

by Tara Livesay on July 2, 2014

Sunday … The chaos begins shortly before 7am. Clothing, hair, and breakfast all seem to be reasons for little ones to fight. By the time we leave the house we’ve traded terse words over things of little consequence. We load up the kids, three crammed in back, three in the middle with whichever guest is [...]

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What If I Fall Apart on the Mission Field?

by Elizabeth Trotter on June 29, 2014

They say that living overseas will bring out all our bad stuff. They say it like it’s a warning, like it’s supposed to scare us out of going. Like only a superhuman could go and survive. And what if they’re right? What if moving overseas does bring out all our dark stuff, putting it on display for all to see? What [...]

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An Encounter with the Great Interrupter

by Marilyn on June 18, 2014

Two years ago my brother and his wife had an encounter with the Great Interrupter. In their case the encounter put them in a place of selling a home of over 15 years, leaving a church of the same, leaving a community where they have loved hard and been loved back, and leaving the only home [...]

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of dust and criticism

by Richelle Wright on May 21, 2014

Living on the back side of the Sahara Desert for 13 years, I became intimately acquainted with dust. Keeping desert dust from simply moving in and taking over the house? Well, I jokingly (sorta) say that THAT was my full time job. Or battle. If I stick with the battle metaphor, it was one I [...]

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Here I Am To Worship

by Rachel Pieh Jones on May 14, 2014

I spent our early days in the Horn of Africa going to the market in the morning and learning how to decipher goat from beef from camel meat that hung in fly-covered slabs and then grinding it myself, how to make French Fries from potatoes instead of from the Drive-Thru, and studying language. Sort of. [...]

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Send Someone Else

by Chris Lautsbaugh on May 10, 2014

Do you ever have days you wonder why God sent you? You doubt in the dark what you knew in the light? Questions about whether we are making an impact set in. As you contemplate your next big endeavor, you feel like saying… “Please, Not Me!” You are in good company. This is exactly the [...]

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“But it’s not [stamps foot] what I wanted!”

by Richelle Wright on April 21, 2014

Remember being a kid and looking forward to birthday presents from Grandma and Grandpa? Yes, you had to go through the long, drawn out process of taking forever to open and read the card, but afterward? Rip, tear and toss away, finally diving into a box of something sure to bring pure delight. After all, [...]

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On Good Friday – A View From Above

by Marilyn on April 18, 2014

In the city of Cairo twin minarets stand tall, their silhouettes marked against a clear blue sky. They stand distinguishable from the thousand other minarets because of their fame as a city landmark. The minarets frame a gate still standing since the 11th century, the gate of Bab Zuweila. The minaret towers are so high [...]

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We, the People of the Globe

by Laura Parker on April 9, 2014

We are the people of the Globe. Not a city or a state, or even a single country, but the whole wide world– the one He’s got in His hands. We are a people made tender by airport goodbyes and flexible by the travel we log after those tears have dried.  We are those who [...]

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Say Less, Listen More, Love More

by Tara Livesay on April 2, 2014

The world is a garish, noisy neighborhood. Decibels and pixels abound. The phone in my pocket spews more information in hours than I can assimilate in years. I’m reminded of my college speech prof who counseled tongue-in-cheek, “Shout louder if your argument is weak.” There’s a whole lot of shouting these days.  -My Uncle, Rick [...]

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