When You Struggle

Do you need “A Year Of Awesome”?

by Lisa McKay on May 30, 2016

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A couple of years ago now, I read Donald Miller’s A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. Following the great success of his memoir Blue Like Jazz, Miller slumped into something akin to a low-grade depression. When two producers proposed turning Jazz into a movie, Miller discovered that his life didn’t actually bear any resemblance […]

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witness the miracle

So, it’s been a heavy year. There’s been a lot of tears and raw grief. There’s been a lot of therapy and the chance to heal in healthy relationships. Right now, there’s a season of counseling aimed at dealing with the trauma in my life. Yes, heavy, I know. Which is why my soul has […]

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When the lights go out

by Elizabeth Trotter on May 23, 2016

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I want to do all the things. All the very good things there are to do in this world. So I overcommit myself. I don’t say “no.” I say “yes” instead, and spread myself too thin. Then my soul suffers. My work suffers. My sanity suffers. My family life suffers. My spiritual life suffers. I […]

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In the Light, in the Dark, Remember

by Craig Thompson on May 18, 2016

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Don’t forget in the darkness what you have learned in the light. In Where Is God when It Hurts? Philip Yancey quotes these words of Joseph Bayly, former director of InterVarsity press and former president of David C. Cook Publishing. Then Yancey adds,  “Yet sometimes the darkness descends so thickly that we can barely remember the light.” Missionary and author […]

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3 Ways to Care for the Heart of Your Wife

by Jonathan Trotter on May 4, 2016

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Marriage can really be a drain on missions. Marriage on the field can be a constant source of distraction, discouragement, and pain. But I hope it’s not. I’ve written before about marriage and its purpose, but today I’d like to take a step back and speak directly to husbands: my brothers. This advice is carefully […]

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Whistle Belly Thumps

by Tara Livesay on April 29, 2016

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One after the other after the other – after.the.other … The people, both large and small, that reside in my home, clenched their buttocks with superhuman strength and ran in desperation for the latrine. What began as one person with some loose stool for a single unremarkable day, somehow turned into a three-week multi-generational back-door […]

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Let me tell you about Kassiah Jones

by Elizabeth Trotter on April 25, 2016

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This month my husband and I took our kids to the local home school co-op’s spring performance. Some of our friends were in the play. It was called “The Race” and was an original play based loosely on the story of “The Tortoise and the Hare.” Every character in this play was modeled after an […]

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Culture Stress, when There’s No Hook to Hang It On

by Craig Thompson on April 22, 2016

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When most people open up their closets in the morning, they usually ignore the out-of-style shirts on the edge, the wrong-color sweaters, the too-tight pants. Instead, as much as they can, they grab something that looks right, something that fits right, something that feels right. When you transition between countries, your cultural closets get switched. Your choices become limited, and you often have to put […]

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Infidelity on the Mission Field

by Editor on March 31, 2016

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Standing at the kitchen counter, drying dishes with a towel and wiping the sweat from my neck, I knew it was finally time to come clean to my husband. “I have been attracted to him for months.” And I wasn’t talking about my husband. He looked at me, without much surprise, and said, “I think […]

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Standing Up Crooked Together

by Craig Thompson on March 21, 2016

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Standing Up Crooked There’s a tree near Colorado Springs that I admire. It’s a pine tree sitting on the property of The Hideaway Inn and Conference Center, where my family and I attended MTI’s Debriefing and Renewal several years ago. This tree is surrounded by other pines, but this one’s different. While its trunk starts out […]

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America, Meet the World

by Chris Lautsbaugh on March 18, 2016

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Hello America. Meet the Rest of the World. Note: This is not a political post but one of identification. The closer we get to the election in the United States, the more comments, eye rolling, and jokes I am hearing as an American living overseas. My journey as an American in missions has spanned over […]

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When you just want to go home

by Jonathan Trotter on March 3, 2016

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I swim in the abyss of memories. People and places I cannot return to, and few know. It is a morass I voluntarily enter, knowing it will hurt, but needing it still. Someone should remember these things. Birthdays used to be happy occasions, full of cake and memories of years gone by. Now, birthdays are just […]

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