Practical

Introverts for Jesus: Surviving the Extrovert Mission Field

by Anisha Hopkinson on February 9, 2016

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I am a classic introvert. While introversion and extroversion are seen as a spectrum, I definitely tend over towards the introversion side. Being around a lot of people I don’t know well totally drains me. I need substantial daily doses of quiet in order to survive. I’m introspective. I learn best through observation. I am friendly, […]

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Rats As Reminders

by Tara Livesay on January 29, 2016

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In total, two rats have met their maker long before they hoped or imagined inside my home at the hands of Troy Livesay, semi-pro rat slayer. Both of the aforementioned rats were the unconscionable and  truly despicable variety that dare to come all the way upstairs in a people house.  <Gah!> On one occasion my […]

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Travel Delusions

by Editor on January 26, 2016

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It cost me 436 US dollars to renew my passport. I was planning to do it for half the price when I got home later, but I ran out of pages. That’s right, I ran out of passport pages. A fact that I was pretty proud about – until it cost me a significant amount of time […]

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When your team isn’t all you expect it to be

by Editor on January 19, 2016

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Our first year of living in China was marked by the expected symptoms of culture stress: frustration, dark thoughts about all Chinese people everywhere, helplessness, hopelessness, tears. And loneliness. So much loneliness. We arrived without any team members, hoping to prepare the way for others to join us, but having no idea if they ever […]

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The Radical Spiritual Art of Staying Put

by Editor on January 8, 2016

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If any group of people has a long and convoluted history with evangelical church traditions, it’s missionary kids. Like pastor’s kids, the emotional baggage around church is piled higher than the lost luggage corner at the Johannesburg airport. We tend to camp out either around the “wounded/bitter/cynical” baggage claim belt, or the one labeled “guilt-ridden/never […]

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Rest. To Love.

by Jonathan Trotter on January 3, 2016

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I’m trying to practice what I preach. I’m trying to remember my own advice. Oh, and I’m trying to transition back to life in Cambodia after a few months in the States. So yeah, let me remind myself (and you too, if you’re still reading): Rest. To Love. You want to love people well? You […]

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I Believe, Help My Unbelief

by Chris Lautsbaugh on December 30, 2015

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In work, ministry, and life we all experience frequent seasons when things don’t work out quite the way we had hoped. In missions, our internal dialogues consist of “Am I making a difference?” or “Will these things ever change?” When we are trusting for provision, for a breakthrough in our health, or seeing a life […]

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To the ones who think they’ve failed

by Jonathan Trotter on December 1, 2015

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So, you failed to save the world. You failed to complete the task of global evangelism. You failed to see massive geopolitical change in your region. You failed. Or at least you feel like it. Good-hearted people in your organization (maybe) and your churches (hopefully) tell you you’re not a failure. But you still feel […]

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“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, […]

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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 […]

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Same Same, Thankfully

by Editor on November 3, 2015

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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 […]

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On Avoiding The Resentment

by Tara Livesay on October 30, 2015

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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 […]

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