“Your husband is gone again!? Wow, he’s gone all the time.” When a friend told me this I paused, “Really?” Was he travelling too much? Were we being reckless and affecting our children in negative ways? How much is too much, anyways? Living overseas comes with a lot of unique lifestyle changes. One of them, […]



I used to want precise answers to all the questions, and I used to think I could actually obtain precise answers to all the questions. But I’m learning that the straight and narrow sometimes isn’t, and that God might in fact be OK with that. Sometimes, in our efforts to make so many things absolute […]


Same Same, Thankfully

by Editor on November 3, 2015


As I am in the middle of wading through culture shock,  I am so thankful for things that seem to transcend time zones and culture. Things that I know are the same no matter where I am or who I’m with or what language I’m (kind of) speaking. Like the normal, everyday things that make […]


On Avoiding The Resentment

by Tara Livesay on October 30, 2015


News Flash:  There aren’t any news flashes in this post, but there are some things we all tend to do over and over again that get us in trouble.  I decided maybe that means we (I) need to keep talking about it. * * * There is just something about the life overseas that creates […]


Uncomfortable Unknowns with Young’uns

by Richelle Wright on October 28, 2015


I wrote the original version of these words just over five years ago, in September 2010. Five years later, I could still be writing these words – it doesn’t feel like much has changed at all. And yet, our children have gotten older, it seems like the stakes are higher… everything has changed and just keeps on changing […]


How to Help TCKs Manage Probing Questions

by Editor on October 22, 2015

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Children think in concrete, specific terms: black and white, true and false. As parents, we train them to tell “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.” What could be wrong with that? I don’t want to raise liars, and I’m sure you don’t either. But sometimes, when you live overseas, the whole […]


10 Questions Missionary Kids Dread

by Editor on October 18, 2015

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Ever talked to an MK before? Did you wonder why we looked a little lost? Why we tend to give people confused looks all of the time? Yeah. As an MK myself, I can say with confidence: we’re an odd bunch. Guilty as charged! But there’s more to the story than you might think. You […]


The Underbelly of Being Radical

by Editor on October 17, 2015


My husband and I both have college degrees and 4.0 GPA’s (okay, not exactly, he once got an A-, and I once got a B). We like to think we’re pretty talented and could do anything in the world we wanted to do. But instead of staying in the States and raking in tons of […]



    I was introduced one time in Cairo as “This is Marilyn. She DOES things with the food here.” The person I was introduced to looked at me in holy awe. “You can DO things with the food here? How?” To me, Cairo was a thriving metropolis that had cheese. Doing things with the food […]


6 Reasons Furloughs are Awesome (sort of)

by Jonathan Trotter on October 6, 2015


6. A furlough is one of the best “weight-gain” plans out there. It’s sort of like pregnancy, but with furlough, the cravings occur every-mester. During furlough, scales become toxic and should be avoided at all cost. No worries, though, ’cause if you’re wondering whether or not you’ve gained weight, just get back on the plane and return […]


Would Jesus Give an Addict a Clean Needle?

by Editor on October 5, 2015

Would you give an addict a clean needle, so they could stay alive until they found freedom from their addiction? Would you give a prostituted woman condoms, so she could protect herself until she found freedom from prostitution? Clearly, the famous evangelical leader I was speaking with in Cambodia didn’t think we should be helping […]


People are not our Project

by Chris Lautsbaugh on September 30, 2015


As a zealous, young missionary I seemed to make  the same mistake over and over. Now as a veteran, I find the same never-ending truth must remain continually before me. People are not our projects.   We never set out to do this intentionally. Our mistakes are made in ignorance. Our desire is to do good, […]