These Seeds

by Editor July 25, 2016
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We’re a world away.  It’s been almost three years. Sometimes those seven years on the field feel like a dream, but the soil of that season clings in both hidden and obvious ways. We went because of a clear call. We stayed through earthquakes, teammates leaving, medical traumas, kids coming unraveled, depression, and repeated changes […]

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Goodbye: Making a Hard Word Easier

by Craig Thompson July 22, 2016
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goodbye /gə(d)-ˈbī/ excl. / salutation spoken at a departure, extremely unpopular for certain English-speaking tribes, such as cross-cultural workers, TCKs, their loved ones, and the like. Many of us know from experience that saying goodbye can be hard, really hard. And practice doesn’t make perfect. In fact, it often makes it worse. But what makes goodbye so tough to voice? It’s not because it’s hard to […]

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Is Something Bad Going to Happen?

by Rachel Pieh Jones July 20, 2016
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*I am on vacation and so this is a repost from a blog during the early stages of the Syrian refugee crisis. It is sadly still relevant. Is something bad going to happen tomorrow? I mean, is something really bad going to happen tomorrow? Yes. I guarantee it. Maybe not to you. Maybe not where […]

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Going Home

by Jerry Jones July 19, 2016
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I sometimes catch myself using finger quotes when I say the word “home.”  You too? I’m writing this on an airplane and am currently 3 hours and 8 minutes away from “home”.  Simultaneously and ironically I am also 9 hours and 4 minutes away from “home.”  I’m in that weird spot that expats love and […]

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The Question on God’s Lips

by Amy Young July 15, 2016
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The Velvet Ashes book club is reading Lilias Trotter’s biography. At the same time, I read a biography of Hannah More, poet, reformer, and abolitionist. She was a contemporary to William Wilberforce and what he accomplished in parliament, she accomplished in publishing. They were both part of the Clapham Sect. I love reading biographies and hearing of […]

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Don’t Peak in Language School

by Anisha Hopkinson July 13, 2016
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{Peaking: Mountain top experiences. The phrase “Peaked in High School” refers to an adult whose significant achievements all occurred in high school.} Sophomore year of high school I joined the choir class (as opposed to the cool kid musical theater club, which required auditions. Choir class accepted anyone.), but since I’m actually a terrible singer, […]

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When Persecution Hits

by Editor July 9, 2016
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“Jesus promised his disciples three things: that they would be completely fearless, absurdly happy, and in constant trouble.” – GK Chesterton A teammate encouraged us one morning with this quote just before we held multiple Bible studies with our friends, many from various unreached ethnic groups. We’d been really good at being in trouble in […]

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Ask a Counselor for a book recommendation: a Boundaries bundle

by Kay Bruner July 6, 2016
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How do you know if you need this month’s bundle of books on boundaries? If you’re a human being, you probably need to think about healthy boundaries and how they apply to your life.  In other words, it would be good for every person to do a little reading on this topic, and the books in […]

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Misogyny in Missions {part 2}

by Editor July 4, 2016
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I love writers who get me thinking – whose words promote discussion and exchange of ideas. I often have that reaction to Jonathan’s writing, and his thoughts on the “Billy Graham Rule” (and the thoughts in the post he referenced) definitely stirred a lot of ideas in me, reflecting both on Scripture and on how […]

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Misogyny in Missions

by Jonathan Trotter July 4, 2016
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Ladies Who Lunch – With Men That’s the name of an article I shared on Facebook recently, not knowing it would unleash a torrent of opinion. How should men and women interact? If they work together, what sort of rules should we put around their interaction? How do we safeguard marriages while treating women with […]

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Missionaries are supposed to suffer . . . So am I allowed to buy an air conditioner?

by Amy Medina July 1, 2016
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Esta was my best kept secret for a long time. Esta comes to my house four days a week.  She washes my dishes, does my laundry (even ironing!), cleans my floors and scrubs fingerprints off the walls.  She cuts up fruit and cleans the windows and makes tortillas.  And even though all my friends in […]

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When the Mission Field Comes to You

by Chris Lautsbaugh June 29, 2016
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While rounding a corner on a run in the United States the other day, I came across a Muslim women clad in a headdress and robes. I could see her cower off the sidewalk a bit as this white, American man came plodding her way in middle America. You could sense her apprehension and read […]

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