When You Struggle

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

The Crooked Forest outside Gryfino, Poland

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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In 2003, I had a nervous breakdown overseas.  I’ve told the whole story in my memoir, As Soon As I Fell. Part of my story is the story of some very damaging counseling that I experienced in the attempt to recover.  As I look back, the red flags are clear: I was asked to sign away my right […]

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Out of the Pit and Back Again

by Editor on February 29, 2016

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What is a psalm but a human emotion, poured into words? Perhaps it is a heartbreak, as in Psalm 137; or a rage, as in 109. Perhaps it is a teaching, as in 119, or a shout of praise, as in 145. But perhaps it is a desperate wail from the pit, as in Psalm […]

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Help Make Your Relationships More Resilient_ 10 Important Questions To Answer About How You Handle Stress

Moving overseas is a massive and sudden change. Living overseas is the process of adapting to a million smaller changes, one day at a time. And, guess what? Change = stress. Don’t get me wrong, stress is not necessarily bad for us. Without some pressure in our lives, we stagnate. We need external and internal […]

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On Staying, Leaving, And Which Is Harder

by Abby Alleman on February 23, 2016

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  I lie in a hospital bed. Tubes run in and through me. Though I remember that I am in the hospital, I do not know why I am in the ICU of Szent Imre Korhaz.  It is morning.  The light glides over my bed, streaming through tall glass windows as it bounces off the […]

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Love and Loss: A Poem

by Editor on February 21, 2016

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The accumulated losses of the years I’ve spent abroad Sometimes make me start to wonder if I serve a loving God. Where is love in loss and failure? Where is love in hard goodbyes? Maybe love—to understand it—must be seen through diff’rent eyes. – If I trust that You are loving, bringing rain through darkest […]

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