Why Is It Always About Money?

by Rachel Pieh Jones on October 21, 2016


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 […]


How to Encourage Your Overseas Worker

by Anisha Hopkinson on October 13, 2016


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 […]


White Privilege in Western Missions

by Editor on October 9, 2016


“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 […]



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 […]


How to Host the Best-Ever Short-Term Team

by Amy Medina on October 2, 2016


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 […]


Conflict and Our Dustlikeness

by Elizabeth Trotter on September 22, 2016


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 […]


Don’t Ignore Your Passport Country

by Rachel Pieh Jones on August 17, 2016


I have a confession to make. I don’t pay much attention to news from the United States. I’m much more likely to click on the BBC or Al-Jazeera than on CNN or my more local, Minneapolis Star Tribune. I sort of follow election news, trying to keep my cynicism in check. And I follow the […]



Something I’ve heard a lot of expat parents say is that their whole family is “in it together” or that they are “called” together. The basic assumption is that all members of the family go abroad and live overseas together – they are bonded by the same experience. When I hear this, however, I think […]


Dealing with Conflict on the Field. Or not.

by Jonathan Trotter on August 2, 2016


Let’s talk about conflict, ‘cause that’s fun. I mean, hypothetically, at some point in the (distant) future, you may or may not experience an uncomfortable disagreement with someone. Maybe. In this imagined scenario, the ensuing “discussion” could arise between you and your spouse or kids or co-workers, or maybe even — like this would ever […]


The Balancing Act of MK Education

by Amy Medina on July 31, 2016

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  I can still picture them:  Miss Eager, Mrs. Sacra, Miss Davis, and many more.  They gave up a good salary and a steady career to teach missionary kids in an unstable African country.  And I was in their classrooms. It was the investment of teachers like these who inspired me to pursue education as […]


When your husband calls you “a shell of a woman”

by Elizabeth Trotter on July 27, 2016


For months this spring I felt like a shell of a woman. I was empty and didn’t have anything to give. Oh, I was still doing all the “right” things. I was still getting up most mornings attempting to connect with God, and I was still relatively consistent with my commitment to exercise.  But I […]


Goodbye: Making a Hard Word Easier

by Craig Thompson on July 22, 2016


goodbye /gə(d)-ˈbī/ excl. / salutation spoken at a departure, extremely unpopular for certain English-speaking tribes, such as cross-cultural workers, TCKs, their loved ones, and the like. Many of us know from experience that saying goodbye can be hard, really hard. And practice doesn’t make perfect. In fact, it often makes it worse. But what makes goodbye so tough to voice? It’s not because it’s hard to […]