When You Struggle

My House Shall Be Called

by Jonathan Trotter on April 16, 2014

Photographing weddings got me through college. It also taught me about the Church. Sometimes, your day is spent with really happy people. Sometimes, it’s spent with really stressed out people. Sometimes, the really stressed out people turn into the really happy people. You get to be around radiant brides, people who dance but really shouldn’t, [...]

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Reflections of God

by Chris Lautsbaugh on April 11, 2014

Many times in missions, we speak of the difficulties with greater frequency than the good things. We talk about racism. We speak of our various phases of culture shock. Stories of being hurt by those we work with abound. Even at times, we venture into difficult topics like trauma or loss. What of the positive? [...]

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We, the People of the Globe

by Laura Parker on April 9, 2014

We are the people of the Globe. Not a city or a state, or even a single country, but the whole wide world– the one He’s got in His hands. We are a people made tender by airport goodbyes and flexible by the travel we log after those tears have dried.  We are those who [...]

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Say Less, Listen More, Love More

by Tara Livesay on April 2, 2014

The world is a garish, noisy neighborhood. Decibels and pixels abound. The phone in my pocket spews more information in hours than I can assimilate in years. I’m reminded of my college speech prof who counseled tongue-in-cheek, “Shout louder if your argument is weak.” There’s a whole lot of shouting these days.  -My Uncle, Rick [...]

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What motivated you to go into missions? What keeps you going? Romance. I don’t know about you, but romance is what drove me into missions. The romance of being a great missionary, of changing an entire people group, of seeing a whole country turn to Christ. This romantic idea was first kindled during my children’s [...]

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On Compassion and Fighting Fatigue

by Tara Livesay on March 10, 2014

A young woman laid on the bed writhing and crying out in unbearable pain. She had been coming to classes at our Maternity Center for many months. She had been given sufficient time to know us, but had never really come to trust us. Her baby had been born. She had spent some time recovering [...]

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Learning to Grieve Well

by Marilyn on February 7, 2014

A post on A Life Overseas by guest blogger Jonathan Trotter on grief had many of us in tears, others pondering grief in all its complexity. The late Dave Pollock, a man who arguably did more to understand the third culture kid experience than any other before his death, echoes some of Jonathan’s words when he [...]

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The call from the American University in Cairo came on a Sunday morning, a business day in the Middle East. I had worked the night shift as a nurse and arrived home in time to eat breakfast and  hug my husband and three children, sending them on their way to church while I got much [...]

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Tumbling in the Undertow

by Richelle Wright on January 29, 2014

I’ll never forget the first time I went body surfing. Only a tiny part of a much larger set of events, it remains vividly stamped upon my mind… Ten years old! Traveling – on a plane for the very first time that I could independently remember! On a trip with my swim team and without [...]

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Disappointed by A National

by Chris Lautsbaugh on January 24, 2014

If you have been in missions any length of time, you have experienced disappointment with a national person you’ve trusted. It’s not a question of if, but when. Someone will break your trust, they might steal from you, or worse. I know of national workers who were entrusted with a ministry only to overthrow the [...]

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Is the Purpose of Missions the GOSPEL or the KINGDOM?

by Laura Parker on January 20, 2014

We sat across the table from them and they leveled questions at us about our work. It felt a little Spanish Inquisition, honestly. “What happens to the girls after they are rescued? Do you give them the gospel? Can you guarantee they end up in a Christian after care center?” And we had to honestly [...]

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On separation, grief, and forgiveness

by Tara Livesay on January 18, 2014

  Inevitably, moving away from friends and family means changed relationships. Pray, plan, and try as you might; things still change. We have hated that fact, fought against it, deeply grieved it, been angry, and attempted numerous times to make it untrue … To no avail. When people ask us, “What is the hardest part [...]

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