Angie Washington

Parasites and Paperwork

by Angie Washington on September 26, 2014

These two topics arise during the conversation at almost every gathering of foreigners: parasites and paperwork. They hold the same high level of disdain and elicit low begrudged groans. Parasites How many times have parasites, amoebas, or other unfriendly bugs assaulted you? How many of those nasty sicknesses can you tick on a list? Does [...]

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A Thousand Tongues

by Angie Washington on August 27, 2014

Think of all the languages in the world. Each language captures a unique concept of life separate from all other tongues. The words connected to ideas like family, soul, eternity, intelligence, and even something as simple as meal communicate vast varieties of images and knowledge. These myriad sounds combined in just the right way also [...]

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The Ignorant Bliss of a Know-It-All

by Angie Washington on July 30, 2014

When we stomped off to mission school we knew we were headed to Bolivia. We knew the five-fold reach of our ministry would be: churches, bible schools, social outreaches, Bolivian missionaries sent out, and mass media productions. Our shiny vision statement listed everything in plural with big numbers. We knew that we knew, beyond a [...]

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Cultural Immersion Checklist

by Angie Washington on June 27, 2014

How many can you check? Congratulate yourself for where you are at! 1. Attempt to learn the local language 2. Take public transportation 3. Buy food where the majority buys their food 4. Attend a typical wedding 5. Attend a typical funeral 6. Attend a typical birthday party 7. Visit a government office 8. Acquire [...]

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Bribery, Piracy and Police Fundraisers

by Angie Washington on April 28, 2014

One meets road blocks on our highways. A driver stops and the man by the shack saunters out with a huge rifle perched on his hip. He glances over the vehicle and says with tired bluntness and a slight curve of a grin, “The time has come for you to pay me.” He receives the [...]

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A Turnip for the King

by Angie Washington on March 16, 2014

Two brothers lived in a kingdom long ago. One survived off the land as a poor farmer. The other was very rich. While tending his crops one day the farmer noticed one of the turnips had grown huge. He pulled it from the ground and it filled a wheelbarrow. The idea occurred to him to [...]

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Cigarettes, Multiple Wives, and Loving Jesus

by Angie Washington on March 4, 2014

Imagine a man native to the region where you live. He gets Jesus. Grows. Starts a church. It flourishes. The dozens become hundreds. Your little missionary heart bursts with pride to see this man so successful. The church secretary and the volunteers overlook his hot temper and his prejudice towards people of a certain skin [...]

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31 Flavors of Foreigners

by Angie Washington on February 4, 2014

What’s your favorite ice-cream? Baskin Robbins’ 31 flavors of ice-cream are fairly well known in the States. They’ve added some more flavors, but they founded their fame on the great number 31. My 1st choice is Rainbow Sherbet. So yum! This is a get-to-know-you post! Let’s take it a little deeper than ice-cream preference, though, [...]

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Sink and a Dolphin Will Catch You

by Angie Washington on January 7, 2014

Though pixilated, I can see she is attentive. Her words come through clearly, even if the imaged is delayed. Our weekly Skype sessions have been a lifesaver during a very desperate time in my life. If you would have told me a year ago I would be seeing a counselor I would have rebuked you [...]

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Airplanes are Time Machines

by Angie Washington on November 26, 2013

We joke that airplanes are time machines. When we come back to South America from North America it feels as though we step back in time. The clinics feel outdated. The cows on cobblestone streets look like the pioneer days in the movies. The open fires in homes and restaurants tended by women in skirts [...]

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To My 25-year-old Self…

by Angie Washington on October 25, 2013

Hey there, you. Yes, you with the big dreams and full schedule. Yes, you getting ready to embark on the greatest mission of your life. Can I have a minute? I know you have laundry to do, support letters to mail, and noses to wipe, but if I may? First of all, let me assure [...]

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Ice-Cream Theology

by Angie Washington on September 30, 2013

Statistics show that the majority of people die.  This is an undisputed fact. Yet fear of death is one of the top phobias of the human race. According to Jerry Seinfeld it ranks right after fear of public speaking. Consult with wikipedia and you will find fear of death a bit farther down on the [...]

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