Practical

I’m Not Very Good at Gratitude

by Elizabeth Trotter on November 22, 2016

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I like to think of myself as a content, happy person: my life is good, and I lack for nothing. At least I used to think I was content and happy. That was before I realized — to my horror — that my prayer journal was filled with lament. Not thankfulness, not appreciation, but lament, through […]

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Just three weeks before we moved to China we celebrated with some of our very best friends.  Their son was turning 7 (that’s him totally owning the noodles).  We partied like we were shipping out tomorrow (even though we still had several days left and we were taking a plane). The ironic twist to that story […]

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So You’re Thinking About Serving Overseas?

by Anisha Hopkinson on November 10, 2016

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Thinking about serving overseas? Great! These are exciting times! I wish you and I were having coffee. This is definitely a coffee conversation. Hopes and dreams are meant to be shared face to face, but in the absence of that, this will have to do. You’ve got a lot to think about and if I […]

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The Remedy for the Pain is the Pain

by Tara Livesay on October 30, 2016

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When I wake up in the morning I feel the consequence of my anger before I even swing my feet to the floor. My teeth ache from nighttime jaw clenching. Anger is my go-to emotion of late. Last week my children dressed up as four of the feelings/characters from the Disney movie Inside-Out.  Their choices […]

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How Buddhism Taught Me to Love My Neighbors Better

by Elizabeth Trotter on October 28, 2016

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This month I didn’t like my neighbors very much. We have new neighbors, and they play their music loud, blasting it out of their apartment with the door open. Sometimes for hours at a time. This causes problems for me. I teach my children at home, and we need an environment conducive to learning. But […]

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Before going to live in a third world country we had a lot of people come to us concerned for our children. I remember standing so tall and proud as I answered them and said I was sure of a few things. One was that we were definitely called. Since that was the case, it […]

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Why Is It Always About Money?

by Rachel Pieh Jones on October 21, 2016

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Nik Ripken wrote an excellent article a few weeks ago about how foreigners need to be better at being needy, how we need to grow in dependence on the people around us. The specific example he used of a man doing this well was about money. I appreciated the article but one thought lingered: Why […]

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How to Encourage Your Overseas Worker

by Anisha Hopkinson on October 13, 2016

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Someone in your life serves overseas and you want to encourage them in a meaningful way, but aren’t quite sure how? It’s actually easier than you might think. Take it from me, when you live overseas, the biggest encouragements often come through small, heartfelt actions. Here are 7 suggestions for how to encourage: 1) “Thanks […]

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White Privilege in Western Missions

by Editor on October 9, 2016

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“There’s really no such thing as the voiceless. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.” – Arundhati Roy *          *          * I am an Asian American, born and raised in the States, a child of immigrants. Growing up, my faith was deeply influenced by Western Christian thought, but always experienced in the […]

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A missionary is, literally speaking, “one who is sent out.” But my husband and I did not go down the traditional missionary road. We were not sent by a church or organization, and we do not solicit funds or ask for financial support. We simply feel commissioned by the Holy Spirit to go to “the […]

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How to Host the Best-Ever Short-Term Team

by Amy Medina on October 2, 2016

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In our twelve years as missionaries, we’ve seen some doozies of short-term teams.  The first team we witnessed up close (which was a large group of fully-grown adults) thought it would be funny to see how many days each of them could go without showering.  Of course, they had a perfectly good shower available to […]

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Conflict and Our Dustlikeness

by Elizabeth Trotter on September 22, 2016

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Conflict. If you’ve been in church work for long, you know what it’s like. People abound, and conflict happens. Then there’s the big blow up or the cold exit or, even scarier, the explosive exit. I’ve been in church work for a decade and a half now, and big blowups and bad exits seem to […]

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