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Dear Single Missionary

by Editor on February 4, 2016

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I once was an “expert” single person. After five years in China, I knew how to travel across the world with 100 pounds of luggage, stay in hostels alone, barricade myself on bunk beds at night on 27 hour train rides, and cook for one. Sometimes it was fun, but often it was lonely. At 32, […]

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Ask a Counselor: recognizing and managing anxiety

by Kay Bruner on February 3, 2016

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Anxiety.  It’s a thing we’re not supposed to have, right? Because “There are 365 verses that say ‘fear not,’ one for every day of the year” “80% of the things we worry about never happen” and also, “The Bible Clearly Says, ‘be anxious for nothing.’” But, as one of my besties says, “I’m not anxious […]

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Why Are We Here?

by Jonathan Trotter on February 1, 2016

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Why are we here? Why have we chosen lives that cause us to engage suffering in very raw ways? Visible ways? Why do we expose our hearts to people in pain? Why do we use our passports for more than an occasional vacation? Why do we live in places where we sweat more than we […]

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Rats As Reminders

by Tara Livesay on January 29, 2016

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In total, two rats have met their maker long before they hoped or imagined inside my home at the hands of Troy Livesay, semi-pro rat slayer. Both of the aforementioned rats were the unconscionable and  truly despicable variety that dare to come all the way upstairs in a people house.  <Gah!> On one occasion my […]

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Travel Delusions

by Editor on January 26, 2016

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It cost me 436 US dollars to renew my passport. I was planning to do it for half the price when I got home later, but I ran out of pages. That’s right, I ran out of passport pages. A fact that I was pretty proud about – until it cost me a significant amount of time […]

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As pertains to the state of my soul

by Elizabeth Trotter on January 24, 2016

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So I went to America. Where I felt homeless. Especially at Walmart, where there are entirely too many choices. And especially at Starbucks, where you can order coffee on your smart phone; you don’t even have to stand in line. And I felt at home. Especially at my mom’s house and with my very closest […]

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Why I Quit My Job as a Missionary to Scrub Toilets

by Craig Thompson on January 22, 2016

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About this time last year, Chanel Cartell and Stevo Dirnberger, successful advertising professionals in South Africa, left their lucrative jobs to travel the world together. While the blog they maintain, full of wonderful adventures and beautiful photos, has gained a lot of attention in the press, the post that made the biggest splash came six […]

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When your team isn’t all you expect it to be

by Editor on January 19, 2016

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Our first year of living in China was marked by the expected symptoms of culture stress: frustration, dark thoughts about all Chinese people everywhere, helplessness, hopelessness, tears. And loneliness. So much loneliness. We arrived without any team members, hoping to prepare the way for others to join us, but having no idea if they ever […]

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But Are You Safe?

by Rachel Pieh Jones on January 18, 2016

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ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Al-Shabaab Civil war Typhoid, malaria, Ebola, cholera, tuberculosis Airplane crashes, car accidents Pirates Floods, earthquakes, tsunamis Theft Human trafficking, kidnapping Murder Rape I’m not trying to scare you, I’m simply listing the things that go on around the world that we could be afraid of and this is only a miniscule portion of […]

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 Looming Transitions: starting and finishing well in cross-cultural service, a book I wrote with you in mind, was launched this week. I love to hear the back-stories on books or movies, so thought I’d share with you how this book came to be. In 2007 I transitioned back to China after a three year study […]

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Of Mice and Missionaries

by Anisha Hopkinson on January 8, 2016

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The tinge of worry first appeared at the beginning of December. I shoved it to the back of my mind and determined to think positively. By the second week of December, I alternated between sobbing in the shower and struggling to control the intense anger raging in my chest. “If this does happen,” I told […]

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The Radical Spiritual Art of Staying Put

by Editor on January 8, 2016

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If any group of people has a long and convoluted history with evangelical church traditions, it’s missionary kids. Like pastor’s kids, the emotional baggage around church is piled higher than the lost luggage corner at the Johannesburg airport. We tend to camp out either around the “wounded/bitter/cynical” baggage claim belt, or the one labeled “guilt-ridden/never […]

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