Rachel Pieh Jones

My Hope For You in 2015

by Rachel Pieh Jones on January 5, 2015

Wouldn’t it be nice if I could hope for you only and fully that all your days be merry and your nights be bright and your path be smooth and the sun shine gently on your face? I do hope the road rises to meet you and that you find joy in every relationship and […]

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Rethinking the Christmas Story

by Rachel Pieh Jones on December 17, 2014

*edited and reposted from the original Rethinking the Nativity on Djibouti Jones and I encourage you to read the comments there. I am tired of the Christmas story. Clarification: I’m tired of the way I keep hearing it and seeing it and reading it. Of course I’m tired of the way consumerism has hijacked this holy […]

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What’s Your Name? On Adopting Local Names

by Rachel Pieh Jones on November 14, 2014

I moved to Somaliland and when people first heard my name they wanted to know why I had man’s name. “Why is your name Rashid? You aren’t a man. Are you a man?” Eventually I got tired of explaining that I was, indeed, a woman, despite all nomenclature to the contrary. Someone suggested I needed […]

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Funny Things Third Culture Kids Say

by Rachel Pieh Jones on October 1, 2014

Kids say the darndest things. Parents make the darndest lists out of them. Writers published the darndest lists of the darndest things those kids say. Sorry. Some of these are from my own Third Culture Kids, some are from others I know. I want to say before quoting them that I love these kids. I […]

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Seventy Times Seven, Conflict and Forgiveness

by Rachel Pieh Jones on September 9, 2014

  The conflict in mind as I wrote this piece was not related to a team conflict issue. I used to think that when Jesus said to forgive seventy times seven times, he meant that people would be so mean, so sinful, that they would keep sinning against me (and I against them) and I should forgive […]

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Language Learning Methods – Whatever It Takes

by Rachel Pieh Jones on August 11, 2014

There are all kinds of language learning methods. LAMP (Language Acquisition Made Practical), GPA (Growing Participator Approach), community education classes, hiring tutors. Some methods require people to only listen for a set period of time, no speaking allowed. Some require classroom study. Some prohibit grammar study. My personal favorite is one called: Whatever It Takes […]

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Is Jesus a Liar?

by Rachel Pieh Jones on July 11, 2014

(The following post is a reprint, originally published at Relevant Magazine and reprinted with permission. Thanks for understanding the limited writing opportunities while I am homeless for a month, wandering the Horn of Africa.) In 2003 I moved to the Horn of Africa. My husband had a teaching contract at the only functional University and I […]

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What’s For Dinner?

by Rachel Pieh Jones on June 13, 2014

Grossest thing you’ve eaten in your life overseas? Favorite recipe? Share in the comments and be entered to win a copy of the Djiboutilicious Cookbook.

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Here I Am To Worship

by Rachel Pieh Jones on May 14, 2014

I spent our early days in the Horn of Africa going to the market in the morning and learning how to decipher goat from beef from camel meat that hung in fly-covered slabs and then grinding it myself, how to make French Fries from potatoes instead of from the Drive-Thru, and studying language. Sort of. […]

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Dangerous Riches

by Rachel Pieh Jones on April 14, 2014

I wrote last month about the troubling ways we sometimes talk about the poor – assigning the simplistic emotion of happiness while not allowing them a fuller, more complex array of human emotion. And about the way the poor are presented as inherently holy, simply because of their poverty. Today I want to talk about […]

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Please Don’t Say, “They Are Poor But They’re Happy.”

by Rachel Pieh Jones on March 21, 2014

Katherine Boo talks about the western ‘conceit that poverty is ennobling.’ Tracy Kidder, in his book Mountains Beyond Mountains, quotes Paul Farmer, “There’s a WL (white liberal) line – the ‘They’re poor but they’re happy’ line.’ They do have nice smiles and good senses of humor, but that’s entirely different.” I am of the opinion […]

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Its Not About You

by Rachel Pieh Jones on February 20, 2014

“You will not receive praise in heaven; no one will glorify your name. No one will say to you, ‘This person is here because of you.’ The praise will all belong to him because he has accomplished it all,” Elyse Fitzpatrick, Comforts from the Cross You know the song, that tear-jerker everyone sang for special […]

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