Guest Contributors

by Katie Rowe For those of you who participated in or have been following the missionary attrition study from last fall, this is the post that you have been waiting for. It is time for some initial results! Back in November of 2017, Andrea Sears wrote a post that explained the necessity of research on […]

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10 Questions to Routinely Ask Your TCKs

by Editor on April 11, 2018

by Lauren Wells It is important for parents raising children anywhere to be continually engaging and checking in with their kids. When you are raising TCKs, this is even more important. TCKs are privy to struggles that mono-cultural children don’t often have to face, so being aware of that and taking time to routinely ask […]

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by Michèle Phoenix Hypocrisy is a topic we don’t like to address in the missionary community—perhaps because of the unspoken reality that a little bit of deception has sometimes proven to be good for ministry. (I’m not condoning it, just acknowledging it.) But where does “putting your best foot forward” end and “misrepresenting yourself” begin? […]

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Making home an emotional oasis for your TCKs

by Editor on March 21, 2018

by Tanya Crossman I receive a lot of questions as I travel and speak about TCKs, but the question people most often ask is this: “If there was one thing you would recommend parents do to help their TCKs, what would it be?” My short answer? Make your home an emotional oasis for your TCKs. By […]

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4 Misconceptions About the Missionary Call

by Editor on March 12, 2018

by Dave Hare My family and I are currently on our home ministry assignment, and we’ve been talking to people about what it’s like to be a missionary. We’ve found that there is a very common perception that certain people are “called” to be missionaries in a unique way. While I certainly have met a […]

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by Jen Oshman “I don’t know, Jen, are we even ‘doing’ anything there? Or is it just a thing to…feel like we are doing something?”  My dear friend emailed me those words last week. Our two families have been going each week to the apartment of a newly arrived Somalian refugee family. We drive across town […]

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How We Get Rootedness Wrong

by Editor on February 14, 2018

by Beth Watkins I had this nagging sense I was doing something wrong. I had decided to be a missionary. And while that in and of itself didn’t seem simple enough, the idea that I would go to one place, learn the language, be a part of a foreign place, integrate with the lives of […]

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by Tamie Davis One of the hardest things for me about Bible college was discovering that I was good at it. I won awards, and was publicly recognised. Far from being an achievement to be celebrated, this made me intensely uncomfortable. Part of that is cultural. In Australia, we have this thing called ‘Tall Poppy […]

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6 Permissions Most Missionaries’ Kids Need

by Editor on January 24, 2018

by Michèle Phoenix As I travel to speak and consult with missionary families around the world, the word “permission” regularly comes up. In a subculture saturated with expectations and obligations, it seems to have a restorative power. Missionaries’ Kids, too, live under burdensome expectations and would benefit as much as their parents from clearly articulated […]

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The Ministry of a Missionary Mama

by Editor on January 11, 2018

by Krista Horn Two years ago our family moved to Kenya to live and work at a mission hospital which happens to host numerous short-term medical workers throughout the year. For my husband, this means having the blessing of extra hands-on-deck at the hospital. For me, it means occasionally hosting the visitors and answering lots […]

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When Your Missionary Stories Aren’t Sexy

by Editor on January 4, 2018

by Erin Duplechin We stood in the lobby after the funeral. We’d spent the hour before hearing beautiful stories of simple faith lived by a simple woman. Besides the fact that she was intelligent, caring, and genuinely interested in other people, one theme seemed to resonate throughout the eulogy: she showed up. She showed up […]

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Parenting in Real Life: Ministry Version

by Editor on December 21, 2017

by Mandi Hart As long as I can remember,  I have been captivated by the thought that we reproduce who we are in others. We will reproduce not only what we say, but who we are. It is something that is ‘caught’ and not ‘taught’. Apple trees will reproduce apples and orange trees will produce […]

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