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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 […]



“Your husband is gone again!? Wow, he’s gone all the time.” When a friend told me this I paused, “Really?” Was he travelling too much? Were we being reckless and affecting our children in negative ways? How much is too much, anyways? Living overseas comes with a lot of unique lifestyle changes. One of them, […]


A Horrible Bird Named Jealousy

by Craig Thompson on November 18, 2015


“You can’t keep a bird from flying over your head, but you can keep it from building a nest in your hair.” You’ve probably heard a form of this saying, usually referring to some sort of temptation. I like the old Jamaican version: “You can’t keep crow from flyin’, but you can keep him from pitchin’ ‘pon you […]


For You in the Trenches

by Marilyn on November 16, 2015


All weekend I have thought about what to write this morning. I think about world events and how they have filled up our newsfeeds, yet I also know that you live in your own world events. You live in places where bombs go off, where corruption runs rampant, where trash builds up because of anger […]


To Ask or Not To Ask, That is the Question

by Amy Young on November 13, 2015

Financial needs

In response to last month’s post on missionaries and retirement, the following question was asked on our Facebook page: How about a few more on the topic of money and fundraising? For all my years with one organization, I still struggle with questions like “Should I let people know that I can barely meet my […]



I used to want precise answers to all the questions, and I used to think I could actually obtain precise answers to all the questions. But I’m learning that the straight and narrow sometimes isn’t, and that God might in fact be OK with that. Sometimes, in our efforts to make so many things absolute […]


The Anchor and The Hurricane

by Anisha Hopkinson on November 8, 2015

anchor hurricane

I’m a dreamer. I know it’s not really possible for me to save the world, but I still dream about it all the time. I’m a great starter. Full of passion and can-do spirit, I dive right in. Don’t try to warn or reason with me, the risks don’t really mean much. My husband is […]


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 […]


Ask a Counselor: what about child abuse?

by Kay Bruner on November 3, 2015

be aware

  A couple of weeks ago, I got an email from a young teacher at a missionary-run school.  She was hearing from local children attending the school about abuse they were suffering by their parents at home.  One of the older children had written detailed reports of the abuse, and even had photographic evidence. When […]


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 […]


On Avoiding The Resentment

by Tara Livesay on October 30, 2015


News Flash:  There aren’t any news flashes in this post, but there are some things we all tend to do over and over again that get us in trouble.  I decided maybe that means we (I) need to keep talking about it. * * * There is just something about the life overseas that creates […]