Monthly Contributors

Adding to Your Story-Letter

by Craig Thompson on March 27, 2017

Ahhh, newsletters. (And by “Ahhh,” I’m guessing you know what I mean.) Living outside your passport country means finding ways to keep people updated about what’s going on with you. Some of those people need to hear about what’s happening and some of them simply want to. The newsletter can take care of both, which is a good thing. But sometimes […]

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Leaving Happy or Leaving Well?

by Jerry Jones on March 22, 2017

We’re bracing around here, for the annual Expat Exodus. If you’ve lived abroad for more than a year you get the reference.  It may look different where you are but it’s always a part of the gig . . . people leave and often they leave in herds.  So, in the context of finishing another […]

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How Living Abroad is Like Marriage

by Rachel Pieh Jones on March 20, 2017

Compatibility is an achievement of love. It shouldn’t be its precondition. Alain de Botton The same could be said for living abroad. I hear many people say they ‘fell in love with Africa’ as soon as their feet touched the ground off the plane. I’m not sure how Kenyan or Nigerian or Burundian tarmac has […]

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Normally a Part 2 comes just a few days after a Part 1. So, if you have forgotten about Part 1, no problem. In brief, last month I shared a letter Janice wrote to me in which she is getting married and her roommate isn’t. “My roommate really desires to be married. She is mid-30s, and has […]

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Hard Truths

by Anisha Hopkinson on March 12, 2017

At a recent ladies’ retreat the speaker asked, “What are the hardest truths to believe about God?” Before moving overseas, I thought I had a pretty good handle on Christianity. If you’d asked me about hard truths just 3 years ago, I might answer: Um, interpreting the book of Revelation? Moving overseas complicated a lot […]

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Before I called you, I saw you

by Marilyn on March 10, 2017

Within mission circles, the term “call” or “called” is loaded. It is loaded with story and passion; with grit and determination. It is also loaded with hurt and condemnation; with wrecked dreams and spiritual baggage. A few years ago I wrote a piece called “Lost to a Call.” It was a short essay, written from […]

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I see missionary marriage dysfunction falling into three broad patterns: disconnection addiction abuse Let me tell you a bit about each pattern, and share some resources that can help. DISCONNECTION Disconnection is the easy one to deal with. All you need to fix the problem is: two people willing to invest in the relationship, and the […]

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Living Well Abroad: 4 Areas to Consider

by Jonathan Trotter on March 6, 2017

My day job here in Cambodia is serving as a pastoral counselor. In a typical week, I meet with clients from Asia, the Americas, Australia, Europe, and occasionally Africa. And whether these clients are missionaries, NGO workers, or international business people, they’re all trying to figure out how to live well here. In Cambodia. I […]

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Please Ask Me the Non-Spiritual Questions

by Amy Medina on March 2, 2017

When we’re on furlough and giving presentations about our ministry as missionaries, we always end with, “Does anyone have any questions?” A hand goes up.  And the question is inevitable. “How can we pray for you?”  Every. Single. Time. Sometimes someone will ask to know more about our ministry.  Or a person we are investing […]

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For the times when you ask, “What good is that?”

by Elizabeth Trotter on February 22, 2017

The feeding of the five thousand is such a familiar story to me, it seems like I’ve always known it. Jesus sees a huge crowd of people coming to look for Him and asks Philip, “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” When Philip only answers that they don’t have enough money […]

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An Open Letter to the Kind People in My Host Country

by Craig Thompson on February 20, 2017

Dear neighbors: When my wife and I and our four children stepped off the plane in your country, with our 12 carry-on bags—and all our plans, enthusiasm, expectations . . . and naiveté—you welcomed us. In fact, the customs agent greeted us with a smile. And during the following years that we lived among you, we lost count of your kindnesses. We […]

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Questioning Your Calling

by Jerry Jones on February 17, 2017

This is not a post with 5 steps that help you find your calling.  There are lots of those out there.  You should Google it. This is also not a post exposing the pitfalls of posts with 5 steps that help you find your calling.  There is some good advice out there (some flaky advice too but all of […]

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