When You Struggle

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  Of all the difficult things we do in cross-cultural moves, finding places to live is near the top. We want to create space and place – we want to create home. And often our expectations are a planet away from our reality. At one point while living in Cairo, we were hunting for a flat […]

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“Would you talk about domestic violence on the mission field?”  That’s the question I got last month.  “Wow,” I replied, “I sure would.”  And then, my friend shared the story that follows.  I’m passing it along with her permission, and with a few changes made to protect identities. CASE STUDY There is a suitcase in […]

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On Aug. 27, 1888 while working in Zhenjiang, Lottie Moon made the above statement finishing with the words “…for China.” It’s one of those inspirational missionary quotes likely to land on a striking or haunting photo featuring those in this world who most likely don’t know Jesus. The desired response is conviction and motivation. Get people moving, […]

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When Grief Bleeds

by Jonathan Trotter on April 7, 2015

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Grief is a powerful thing, echoing on and on through the chambers of a heart. Loss singes the soul, and death does indeed bite. We are not the only ones who grieve, to be sure, but those who’ve lived abroad certainly know this to be true: it hurts to leave. It hurts to return. And […]

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“I Can’t Trust Anyone” | Lies We Believe

by Elizabeth Trotter on March 30, 2015

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The last two months we’ve been exploring the ideas in Timothy Sanford’s book “I Have to be Perfect” (and other Parsonage Heresies). I hope this series is as healing for you as it has been for me. So far, we’ve given ourselves permission to say “and” in The Little Word That Frees Us. Then we began […]

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What do I do if I feel like I am struggling with cynicism and hardheartedness? Also, where is the balance between finding your voice in the hard stuff and not developing tunnel vision for it? For instance, I have been recently being more open about how often I take all the advice to be brave […]

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I Can’t Handle This

by Angie Washington on March 10, 2015

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The barista brought us our fru-fru coffee all decorated and foamy. I would be leaving Bolivia in a couple days and my friend wanted to spend some time with me. She and I had history. You get connected to someone when you’re climbing a mountain (literally) with them. I went to Bolivia with mountain moving faith. 13 […]

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Connecting the Head and the Heart

by Marilyn on March 2, 2015

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  I heard difficult news last night, and suddenly all the world is blanketed in loss. I can barely breathe from the heaviness. This loss — it suffocates so it is all I can see, all I can think about. There is so much loss in a life of movement. There are the tangible, concrete […]

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Reader Question: How do we practically care for our marriage and stay connected when we are living in the rural bush in the middle of Africa? …very little privacy, no babysitter, no places to go for a “date”, homeschooling kids, daily life already takes so much energy, not a lot of things to do together […]

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“I’m Not Supposed to Have Needs” | Lies We Believe

by Elizabeth Trotter on February 19, 2015

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Last month I began a series on life in ministry families and the thinking patterns we absorb along the way. As I mentioned then, this conversation is for everyone — whether you grew up as a Pastor’s Kid (PK) or Missionary Kid (MK), whether you entered ministry as an adult, or whether you love people who […]

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The Purpose of Marriage is Not to Make You Holy

by Jonathan Trotter on February 12, 2015

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Before we moved abroad, we did some marriage counseling. What I mean is, we sat in an old guy’s office for fifteen hours and cried. It was amazing. He told us our marriage could be a safe-haven on the field. Or not. He said we could strengthen and encourage each other on the field. Or […]

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How to save world while destroying marriage

Kay and I moved to the Solomon Islands in 1993. We boarded a rusty ship and headed out to a remote island village with two small kids in tow, and I jumped head first into learning the Arosi language.  The sooner I learned the language, the sooner the Arosi people would have God’s Word in […]

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