Guest Contributors

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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This is Missions

by Editor on August 10, 2016

It’s cockroaches and invading ants. It’s weird croaking lizards that wake you up in the middle of the night, night after night because you don’t know how to catch them or even what they would look like if you tried. It’s rats eating the garbage at night because people don’t own trash cans but throw […]

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How to Find the Good in “Goodbye”

by Editor on July 29, 2016

For the missionary, goodbyes are not a part of life: they are a way of life. Missionaries say goodbye to everything they’ve ever known, from the food they eat to the words they speak. And just about the time their new home becomes home, it’s time to say goodbye all over again. It’s a life of […]

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These Seeds

by Editor on July 25, 2016

We’re a world away.  It’s been almost three years. Sometimes those seven years on the field feel like a dream, but the soil of that season clings in both hidden and obvious ways. We went because of a clear call. We stayed through earthquakes, teammates leaving, medical traumas, kids coming unraveled, depression, and repeated changes […]

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When Persecution Hits

by Editor on July 9, 2016

“Jesus promised his disciples three things: that they would be completely fearless, absurdly happy, and in constant trouble.” – GK Chesterton A teammate encouraged us one morning with this quote just before we held multiple Bible studies with our friends, many from various unreached ethnic groups. We’d been really good at being in trouble in […]

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