Practical

What to Do About Short Term Missions

by Editor on May 25, 2015

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-+*Yesterday I discussed the Mess of Short Term Missions. Today, I’m going to offer ten ways to do a short term mission trip well. These ideas are for anyone leading or going on a short term mission trip — or for anyone who’s trying to decide whether or not to go on a particular trip. […]

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The Mess of Short Term Missions

by Editor on May 24, 2015

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-+*(yep, that’s me on a short term missions trip trying to hold babies–guilty as charged) Needless to say, there has been a ton of debate around the topic of how to do short term missions trips well, and it’s a sensitive issue. I’ve read countless articles and heated debates on blogs, both lauding and criticizing short […]

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-+*The last four months we’ve been exploring the ideas in Timothy Sanford’s book “I Have to be Perfect” (and other Parsonage Heresies). Here are the first four posts if you need a refresher: The Little Word that Frees Us “I’m Not Supposed to Have Needs” “I Can’t Trust Anyone” “God is Disappointed in Me” Today we’ll […]

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They Are Not Ready…

by Chris Lautsbaugh on May 20, 2015

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-+*“They are not ready…” These may be some of the most frequently uttered words when missionaries consider passing the baton of leadership. They can also be the most painful. One of the leaders I work with shares the story of being a young, oppressed worker in South Africa during the time of apartheid: A white […]

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Before You Cry “Demon!”

by Jonathan Trotter on May 5, 2015

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-+*A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing; Our helper he amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing. For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe; His craft and power are great, and armed with cruel hate, On earth is not his equal. I believe the enemy is real. I […]

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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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We’re excited to feature Cindy Brandt again today. Cindy has written for us before and is the author of a new book, Outside In. You can learn more about her book and get it for free here. ********************** I have lived cross culturally almost my entire life. Born in Taiwan, I knew one language, one culture, […]

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Forgiveness After Genocide

by Chris Lautsbaugh on April 20, 2015

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-+*“Ongoing Forgiveness is key to the Development of a Nation, Overcoming Horrors of the Past.” I recently spent some time in Rwanda. Both Rwanda and my home nation of South Africa had history altering events happen twenty years ago. The Rwandan genocide saw two tribes kill over one million people in just a few short […]

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-+*“Would you talk about domestic violence on the mission field?”  That’s the question I got last month.  “Wow,” I replied, “I sure would.”  And then, my friend shared the story that follows.  I’m passing it along with her permission, and with a few changes made to protect identities. CASE STUDY There is a suitcase in […]

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Responding to Beggars

by Rachel Pieh Jones on April 2, 2015

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-+*I’m not even going to pretend to offer rules on how to respond to beggars. I’m not even going to define ‘beggar.’ There are lots of varieties of people who ask for money or help and I don’t like calling them beggars. I prefer to call them Saada or Abdul but for simplicity, I’ll call […]

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The Language of Sport

by Chris Lautsbaugh on March 26, 2015

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-+*Language study is one of the hardest and most time-consuming efforts missionaries make. There is, however, a language which is common to the world and far easier to learn. This is the language of sport. When my family arrived in South Africa as lovers of sport, we missed a trip to the Super Bowl by […]

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How to Find Refreshment on the Field

by Editor on March 24, 2015

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Today we are excited to have Danielle Wheeler from Velvet Ashes share an opportunity for women in the ALOS community. Danielle has written for ALOS before and knows well the joys and challenges of a life overseas. ************ I was beginning to believe it was impossible.  Finding refreshment and renewal where I lived felt almost laughable. Alone […]

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