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I’m a missionary. Can I be a mom too?

by Editor on May 2, 2016

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I balanced a plate of rice in one hand and a plate of curried meat and vegetables in the other. I was tackling the dinner line at a missionary retreat, gathering food for the whole family while my husband settled the kids at a table. The man in front of me introduced himself and we […]

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Whistle Belly Thumps

by Tara Livesay on April 29, 2016

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One after the other after the other – after.the.other … The people, both large and small, that reside in my home, clenched their buttocks with superhuman strength and ran in desperation for the latrine. What began as one person with some loose stool for a single unremarkable day, somehow turned into a three-week multi-generational back-door […]

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Today’s guest post comes from Craig Greenfield, whose new book Subversive Jesus: an adventure in justice, mercy and faithfulness in a broken world is out this month. Subversive Jesus is the story of one family’s experiment in putting the most counter-cultural teachings of Christ into practice. When Jesus says invite the poor for a meal, Craig […]

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Let me tell you about Kassiah Jones

by Elizabeth Trotter on April 25, 2016

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This month my husband and I took our kids to the local home school co-op’s spring performance. Some of our friends were in the play. It was called “The Race” and was an original play based loosely on the story of “The Tortoise and the Hare.” Every character in this play was modeled after an […]

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Culture Stress, when There’s No Hook to Hang It On

by Craig Thompson on April 22, 2016

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When most people open up their closets in the morning, they usually ignore the out-of-style shirts on the edge, the wrong-color sweaters, the too-tight pants. Instead, as much as they can, they grab something that looks right, something that fits right, something that feels right. When you transition between countries, your cultural closets get switched. Your choices become limited, and you often have to put […]

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The Cult of Calling

by Editor on April 19, 2016

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I don’t like to say that God “calls me” anymore. When I graduated from a Christian college, I believed I would change the world.  I was determined to be useful, significant and different.  I wasn’t going to join the throng of sell-outs who eventually move to comfy white-picket homes in the suburbs and attend churches […]

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8 Ways for Expats Who Stay to Stay Well

by Rachel Pieh Jones on April 17, 2016

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Before you move abroad there are orientation meetings and cross cultural trainings and seminars and books to read and lists to check off and personality tests to pass and character examinations. When you decide it is time to repatriate back to the ‘home country’ there are debriefs and readjustment seminars and repatriating coaches and Third […]

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Breathe of Life

by Amy Young on April 15, 2016

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 creature has recently descended into me and lays heavy on my lungs and is constricting my throat. It is not serious, but it reminded me, once again as I struggle to breath and swallow, of a piece I’d written several years ago.    The LORD God formed the man from the dust of the […]

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About Those Expats

by Anisha Hopkinson on April 12, 2016

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Before we start, I’ll own the fact that I’m writing from my personal/American perspective. So if you’ve got something to add, please do. We’ll all benefit. I very much liked my Dutch roommate, right up until we had to decide where to hang a set of shelves. She wanted them on the outside of the […]

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Missions in a Conflict Zone

by Editor on April 11, 2016

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A year and a half ago our family lived through another war.  For over a month there were missile attacks launched against most of the country, with violence and terrorism in the city where we live. Practically speaking, this meant trips to the bomb shelter with our kids, avoiding certain parts of the city, and […]

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From my spot across the room, I heard an older woman talking to a young intern. “It will get easier – I promise!” We were in a hard area. An area where poverty pounded the pavement and homeless gathered in shop doorways, waiting for their evening meal at any shelter they could find. The intern was […]

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God in a Green Skirt

by Kay Bruner on April 5, 2016

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Every month, as I write the “Ask a Counselor” column, I hope it’s helpful.  But I’m always aware that, as human beings, we can only do so much.  And I’m always aware that God is able to do far more than we could ever dare to ask, think, or even dream (Ephesians 3:20). This month, […]

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