Guest Contributors

7 Steps to Creating a Thriving Ministry Culture

by Sarita Hartz on July 21, 2017

At the age of 24, I started my own nonprofit to help rehabilitate girl child soldiers in a war-torn region of Uganda. I had little to aid me in this process except my passion and a copy of Nonprofits for Dummies I’d picked up in a Barnes and Noble one day which quickly became my […]

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The Value of Intangible Things

by Editor on July 12, 2017

The Bible speaks voluminously about matters of the intangible, such as these: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and […]

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How Meditation Saved Me From Missions

by Editor on June 25, 2017

Sixteen years ago I moved to Cambodia with high dreams of helping others and starting a life of adventure. I naively assumed that the spiritual walk would come easy for me. I figured that since I was doing a good work for God, He in turn would bless me with a dynamic filling of Him […]

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I recently walked through our old house. No one has lived in it since us. Actually, it flooded the 1st winter we lived in Mexico. It’s a gigantic mess: rusty nails pepper the floor; dust covered everything, holes in the walls, with a claw foot bathtub in the living room (no joke). As dust coated […]

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Third Culture Kids (TCKs) have an exceptional ability to become “cultural chameleons.” They have the uncanny ability to subconsciously pick out the subtleties in a new culture and operate successfully in that culture even if they only move between their passport country and one host country. Because of this, adapting becomes their lifestyle. More than […]

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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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