Abby Alleman

Do You Know Your Host Nation?

by Abby Alleman on June 30, 2017

I sat along the edge of the Danube river. It was a cool, gray day. I was scratching out thoughts with pen and paper when I stopped and really saw them. The Shoes on the Danube Bank. Metal, weathered reminders of World War II when the people, mostly Jewish, who after being ordered to take […]

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The Mother of Modern Missions?

by Abby Alleman on August 26, 2016

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It was a Sunday morning. Sunshine filtered through the rose trellis by Lake Balaton. I stilled my heart and reflected upon the message I had just heard. Three pioneers of the faith were highlighted. One of them was William Carey, considered ‘the father of modern missions’. When talking about his home life, it was said […]

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On Staying, Leaving, And Which Is Harder

by Abby Alleman on February 23, 2016

Only Perfect Love

  I lie in a hospital bed. Tubes run in and through me. Though I remember that I am in the hospital, I do not know why I am in the ICU of Szent Imre Korhaz.  It is morning.  The light glides over my bed, streaming through tall glass windows as it bounces off the […]

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What Do We Do Now?

by Abby Alleman on December 26, 2015

Baby Jesus resting on a manger with light from the star filters through window

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The Song of The World

by Abby Alleman on November 24, 2015

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Imago Dei God’s image Every nation Every tongue Every tribe Everyone And in each of us, a song.  And that song is like the first song. The one C.S. Lewis and I imagine brought the world into existence. The Spirit hovers over the waters, and there was darkness over the surface of the deep.  And ever so slowly, […]

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Because Grief Has A Name

by Abby Alleman on October 26, 2015

I write this from an International De-Brief organized by our ministry, Cru. As I was preparing for the conference, I felt wary, even afraid. I didn’t want to dive back into the raw emotion of leaving Hungary last spring. I didn’t want to face the loss and grief. Grief can be like a scary villain, […]

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How to Keep Running When You Have Fallen

by Abby Alleman on September 25, 2015

How to Keep Running

The clouds wisp along the sky like cotton candy in rosebud pink, salmon and peach colors. It is early morning. I pound the concrete with sure steps and even breaths. I have started running again. I have only run but a time or two in the nearly nine years since I was pregnant, and sick, […]

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When the Rocks Lighten: How to Count Suffering

by Abby Alleman on August 26, 2015

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It’s been a heavy, transition-packed few weeks around here. As I have been packing and unpacking, there has been a lot of hard news. It’s the kind that stops you right where you are and makes you remember it is a gift to be here. A gift to serve. A gift to be alive. A […]

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When You Realize You Are Privileged

by Abby Alleman on July 31, 2015

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I think I am pretty self-aware. This is probably an indication I am not. 😉 So, it shocked me to realize that my default status in the world is one of privilege. It is still difficult to grasp and I want to say that it is not true. I grew up on a dairy farm […]

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5 Reasons to Keep Reading

by Abby Alleman on June 28, 2015

Our Life is a Journey

My Venezuelan sister-in-law quotes her father as always saying, ‘Turn the Page. Keep Reading.’ It means a lot coming from her, and him, as they have faced much hardship and severe trials in their country, yet they continue to have hope. It’s a broken, broken world. But, there’s much left to live, so many battles […]

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How to Walk Through the Wilderness

by Abby Alleman on May 28, 2015

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I am in the middle of an unexpected and unwanted series of transitions. I can easily fall into the ‘why’s?’ which lead me right into a wallowing self-pity. Yet while it’s hard to believe some days, I know there is a better, far more beautiful way through this desert time. As I was praying yesterday […]

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How to Approach Language Learning for the Long Haul

by Abby Alleman on April 30, 2015

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It was my first job teaching Spanish to middle and high school students. The extent of my speaking as I roamed the aisles of antsy students was ‘¿Qué tiempo hace hoy?’ And ‘¿Cómo estás hoy?’ The kínd Spanish language students remember years down the road because the heard them 101 ways and times. But I […]

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