Stories

Rethinking the Christmas Story

by Rachel Pieh Jones on December 17, 2014

*edited and reposted from the original Rethinking the Nativity on Djibouti Jones and I encourage you to read the comments there. I am tired of the Christmas story. Clarification: I’m tired of the way I keep hearing it and seeing it and reading it. Of course I’m tired of the way consumerism has hijacked this holy […]

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Real Housewives of Cochabamba

by Angie Washington on December 12, 2014

In Americana pop culture annals our time in history will be marked by the exposé-esque entertainment of: the reality tv show. Amidst the hundreds of shows about “real” people doing “real” stuff you will find a group with the prefix ‘Real Housewives of…”. We have a little joke in the missionary wife community here in […]

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Do We Practice What We Preach?

by Chris Lautsbaugh on November 26, 2014

The other week, I made a trip to the local police station to get an affidavit. In South Africa, this is the venue you head to make a document “official”. The officer who helped me chatted with me a bit. He inquired how long I’d been in the nation and where I stayed. Finally he asked […]

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25 Kilo Turkeys and Cultural Humility

by Marilyn on November 24, 2014

We bought a turkey on Saturday – an almost 23 pounder, with no additives and gluten free (really — they had to tell us it was gluten free? Aren’t all turkeys gluten free?)  As this time of the year comes around I think of Thanksgivings we have spent all over the world and all across […]

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When on those highways and byways…

by Richelle Wright on November 12, 2014

I used to find it some combination between mildly amusing and slightly annoying when I’d hear people pray for “traveling mercies,” even though at the time we were crisscrossing the state of Michigan (as well as a few adjacent states) almost every weekend seeking the financial support to head to West Africa as missionaries. Then one […]

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the gift of a voice

by Kay Bruner on October 20, 2014

“I feel awful.  Something inside me is squeezing me so bad I can hardly breathe.” With those first words of Letters Never Sent, Ruth Van Reken spoke straight to my TCK heart.  It was 1988, I was a senior in college, the book was brand-new, and for the first time in my life, somebody besides […]

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Who am I really crying for anyway?

by Richelle Wright on October 15, 2014

One day, I opened up my Facebook feed and right there was this picture: IF we’d stayed in Niger, our oldest daughter would be graduating from high school with this amazing group of kids representing at least seven different countries… June 2015. But we didn’t stay. God’s path for our family led a very different […]

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Please Don’t Feed The Monks

by Lisa McKay on October 6, 2014

Tonight* my husband, Mike, and I took the little dog and walked down to one of our favorite restaurants in Luang Prabang from which to watch the sun set over the Mekong. While we were eating and watching the long-boats glide downriver in golden light, two tourists at the next table struck up a conversation […]

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Parasites and Paperwork

by Angie Washington on September 26, 2014

These two topics arise during the conversation at almost every gathering of foreigners: parasites and paperwork. They hold the same high level of disdain and elicit low begrudged groans. Parasites How many times have parasites, amoebas, or other unfriendly bugs assaulted you? How many of those nasty sicknesses can you tick on a list? Does […]

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When a Colleague Fails…

by Richelle Wright on September 17, 2014

How are we supposed to act when a colleague sins? It happens, and I’m not talking about the respectable sins with which we all struggle. I’m talking about the big ones – the ones that result in missionaries sent home from the field or pastors asked to leave their churches… What are we to do? […]

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“Banish the onion!”

by Richelle Wright on August 15, 2014

If you “google” family menu planning, you end up with over 87 million results in just a fraction of a second. I guess a lot of people really like to plan menus. Menu planning used to be a pretty big deal for me. Once upon a time, I grocery shopped once every two weeks, with a […]

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Set Them On a Path

by Tara Livesay on August 1, 2014

A friend recently wrote and shared this from Barbara Kingsolver, the author of the Poisonwood Bible: There was a quote in the author’s notes at the beginning that blew my doors off.  Barbara is thanking her parents for being good ones and lists a few traits she particularly values. She states the final thing she […]

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