Guest Contributors

The Gift of a “Second Salvation”

by Editor on March 29, 2017

Last July Jesus asked me to follow him to the hardest place I could imagine. After only seventeen months in the Middle East, that region I’d loved for years, he asked me to follow him back to America. It didn’t make sense to me or my husband. What about the years we’d spent studying and […]

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When God is Too Late

by Editor on March 24, 2017

I spent a lot of time thinking that I somehow missed something, because I was single longer than all of my family and friends. I had a failed engagement and I lived in such an obscure place, I thought that it was too late for me. I was looking at others, comparing myself, when I […]

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An invitation to the 2017 Velvet Ashes online retreat

by Danielle Wheeler on March 16, 2017

We’re all fans of Sabbath here, right? Or at least the idea of Sabbath. We know we need to take time away from our responsibilities to physically rest and spiritually renew, but actually doing it? Well, that proves to be a challenge for us. Constant needs clamor for our attention. Even if we are able […]

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It’s been almost six months since we stepped off the plane and onto South African soil. Six months of glorious new experiences, of meeting new people and trying new foods, of seeing new sights and relishing (mostly) sunny weather… and six months of that dreaded companion known to all cross-cultural workers: culture shock. This is […]

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Getting to the Upside of Hard

by Editor on January 18, 2017

In 1999, armed with 5 suitcases and a child in my belly, we traipsed halfway around the world to begin our overseas adventure. We spent each morning being compared to one another in language class, while our afternoons were filled trying to meet students and figure out this new culture. My less-than-stellar cooking skills became […]

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9 Steps to More Ethical Fundraising

by Editor on January 11, 2017

Six years ago my wife and I were in the middle of a two-year effort to raise the necessary funds to move to the Middle East as long-term workers. While our fundraising journey had been exciting — as friends and family responded generously and lovingly to our call — it was also heartbreaking. We received […]

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Can God Save Your Life?

by Editor on December 16, 2016

“We run the place ya know” said the gunman, casually revealing his semi-automatic weapon with extended magazine. The midnight air, pregnant with tension and the smell of weed, wrapped darkness around both him and my husband on the deserted road leading down into Majesty Gardens.[1] David drew a breathe, “Actually, God runs the place,” he […]

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Before going to live in a third world country we had a lot of people come to us concerned for our children. I remember standing so tall and proud as I answered them and said I was sure of a few things. One was that we were definitely called. Since that was the case, it […]

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White Privilege in Western Missions

by Editor on October 9, 2016

“There’s really no such thing as the voiceless. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.” – Arundhati Roy *          *          * I am an Asian American, born and raised in the States, a child of immigrants. Growing up, my faith was deeply influenced by Western Christian thought, but always experienced in the […]

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A missionary is, literally speaking, “one who is sent out.” But my husband and I did not go down the traditional missionary road. We were not sent by a church or organization, and we do not solicit funds or ask for financial support. We simply feel commissioned by the Holy Spirit to go to “the […]

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Which Bible Expat Are You?

by Editor on September 28, 2016

Below is a quick questionnaire about your experience overseas. Each response links to one or more people from Scripture, each of whom are profiled in the second half of this post. Perhaps one figure will resonate with you more than others. Or, you may identify with aspects of a few different people. And hopefully, by studying […]

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My Liberation is Bound Up With Yours

by Editor on September 16, 2016

A lot of people move to Africa on a mission. Some of them classic religious missionaries and others compassionate humanists who feel called to serve, to care, to give. I came here under that banner, thinking I was going to help to pull people out of the mire of poverty. I came here with dreams […]

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