When You Struggle

When a country is etched into your soul

by Elizabeth Trotter on November 22, 2015


When I’m in Cambodia, I assume that I think like an American and that I act like one too — because in many ways I do. But then I return to America and discover I’ve forgotten some key facts about the way Americans live in America. Things like: Americans don’t throw their toilet paper in the […]


A Horrible Bird Named Jealousy

by Craig Thompson on November 18, 2015


“You can’t keep a bird from flying over your head, but you can keep it from building a nest in your hair.” You’ve probably heard a form of this saying, usually referring to some sort of temptation. I like the old Jamaican version: “You can’t keep crow from flyin’, but you can keep him from pitchin’ ‘pon you […]



I used to want precise answers to all the questions, and I used to think I could actually obtain precise answers to all the questions. But I’m learning that the straight and narrow sometimes isn’t, and that God might in fact be OK with that. Sometimes, in our efforts to make so many things absolute […]


The Anchor and The Hurricane

by Anisha Hopkinson on November 8, 2015

anchor hurricane

I’m a dreamer. I know it’s not really possible for me to save the world, but I still dream about it all the time. I’m a great starter. Full of passion and can-do spirit, I dive right in. Don’t try to warn or reason with me, the risks don’t really mean much. My husband is […]


Ask a Counselor: what about child abuse?

by Kay Bruner on November 3, 2015

be aware

  A couple of weeks ago, I got an email from a young teacher at a missionary-run school.  She was hearing from local children attending the school about abuse they were suffering by their parents at home.  One of the older children had written detailed reports of the abuse, and even had photographic evidence. When […]


On Avoiding The Resentment

by Tara Livesay on October 30, 2015


News Flash:  There aren’t any news flashes in this post, but there are some things we all tend to do over and over again that get us in trouble.  I decided maybe that means we (I) need to keep talking about it. * * * There is just something about the life overseas that creates […]


Because Grief Has A Name

by Abby Alleman on October 26, 2015

I write this from an International De-Brief organized by our ministry, Cru. As I was preparing for the conference, I felt wary, even afraid. I didn’t want to dive back into the raw emotion of leaving Hungary last spring. I didn’t want to face the loss and grief. Grief can be like a scary villain, […]


If I’m Perfect

by Anisha Hopkinson on October 11, 2015

she could have done better

I know I’m not perfect, but if I’m really honest, I want you to think I am. I want to learn the language well. I want to serve my neighbours well. I want to relate to my team well. I want to communicate to my supporters well. I want to write well. I want to […]


When Someone You Love Dies, and You are Far, Far Away

by Rachel Pieh Jones on October 2, 2015

Holy Ground w quote

Note: This was written a year and a half ago, but still holds true for today. My Grandma Jeanne died last week. Death sucks. Or, in the gentler words of my wise (and gentler) friend Sue, “I hate death.” Even if she was in her upper 80’s and, as Lucy says, “That’s what happens to […]


Nine Ways to Save a Marriage

by Editor on September 21, 2015


If there is one place where your marriage will suffer, it’s probably on the mission field. My husband and I waltzed into marriage crazy in love and stupidly naïve. After knowing each other only 4 months, we eloped on a white sand beach in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Then we spent the next five years running a […]


That One Safe Friend

by Craig Thompson on September 18, 2015


Do you have that one safe friend? When I went overseas, I didn’t. In fact, I didn’t even know I needed one. Don’t get me wrong. I had a lot of friends, good friends, but I didn’t have one particular person who was committed to the role of being that one safe friend. Since then I’ve come to […]


On Harassment: Freedom from the Silence of Shame

by Marilyn on September 16, 2015

silence of shame

Long ago on a spring day in Cairo, I was walking across a small footbridge to the area of the city where I lived. I had crossed the footbridge hundreds of times, usually with one or three children hanging on to my skirt and in my arms. This time I was alone, lost in my […]