An Open Letter to Parents of Missionary Kids

by Editor May 26, 2016
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Dear Parents of MKs, Hello. It’s me, an MK. I write this on behalf of other MKs who haven’t found their voices yet, who are still in the midst of constant transition, who haven’t sorted through the confusing and complex joys and sorrows that come with growing up MK. I write this on behalf of my […]

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How to Witness the Miracle: When Tears Become Laughter

by Abby Alleman May 25, 2016
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So, it’s been a heavy year. There’s been a lot of tears and raw grief. There’s been a lot of therapy and the chance to heal in healthy relationships. Right now, there’s a season of counseling aimed at dealing with the trauma in my life. Yes, heavy, I know. Which is why my soul has […]

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When the lights go out

by Elizabeth Trotter May 23, 2016
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I want to do all the things. All the very good things there are to do in this world. So I overcommit myself. I don’t say “no.” I say “yes” instead, and spread myself too thin. Then my soul suffers. My work suffers. My sanity suffers. My family life suffers. My spiritual life suffers. I […]

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10 Questions Missionary Kids Would Love to be Asked

by Taylor Murray May 19, 2016
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Most MKs are asked hundreds of questions during their families’ home assignments. Ironically, many of us leave our passport countries feeling unknown. In all honesty, we usually don’t answer questions well. Our fumbling answers can create distance.  Many times we feel as though these questions are asked politely, without time or desire to listen to […]

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In the Light, in the Dark, Remember

by Craig Thompson May 18, 2016
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Don’t forget in the darkness what you have learned in the light. In Where Is God when It Hurts? Philip Yancey quotes these words of Joseph Bayly, former director of InterVarsity press and former president of David C. Cook Publishing. Then Yancey adds,  “Yet sometimes the darkness descends so thickly that we can barely remember the light.” Missionary and author […]

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Parents of Third Culture Kids, Failure, and Redefining Success

by Rachel Pieh Jones May 15, 2016
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(revised from the original Who Wants Failure? on Djibouti Jones, written at the end of a year in Minnesota during which my husband worked on his PhD in Education Development) I opened the letter from my daughter’s first grade teacher and read it. “Crap.” I wrinkled it into a tight ball, threw it in the […]

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10 Ideas for Professional Development on the Field

by Amy Young May 13, 2016
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When I was a freshman in college, my university had the in-coming students come a week early for orientation. During that week I attended a campus ministry get-to-know-you event. From the outside there was nothing overtly special about it: picnic in a public park. But did I mention I was in COLLEGE. I was a […]

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On New Paths

by Anisha Hopkinson May 11, 2016
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About six months ago, I started running. I’ve been working on healthy eating habits and increasing fitness, and running found its way into that routine. As exercise goes, I really enjoy it and have been proud of my progress – consistently running 3 miles in 30 minutes. A fun running partner, a wide, flat dirt […]

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Changes at A Life Overseas

by Marilyn May 10, 2016
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Change. We in this community know this word and all of its connotations all too well. We have experienced both the good and the difficult of change. In order for things to continue to run well, change is often necessary. So I’m here today to tell you about good change for this community.  For the past […]

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When There is No “Other Hand”

by Marilyn May 9, 2016
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Although I’ve not seen it in years, Fiddler on the Roof is one of my favorite shows/movies. I’ve watched the movie many times and seen the performance live as a musical theatre production at least twice. The scenes that have found a permanent place in my memory are what I call the “other hand scenes.” These […]

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Ask a Counselor: how do we recognize and cope with trauma?

by Kay Bruner May 5, 2016
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Recently, I was Skyping with a client overseas who wanted to talk with me about symptoms of burnout and spiritual dryness. As she told me about a particular experience, I said, “That was really traumatic for you.” Naming that experience as traumatic was an “aha” moment for her in understanding the current symptoms, and how to […]

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3 Ways to Care for the Heart of Your Wife

by Jonathan Trotter May 4, 2016
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Marriage can really be a drain on missions. Marriage on the field can be a constant source of distraction, discouragement, and pain. But I hope it’s not. I’ve written before about marriage and its purpose, but today I’d like to take a step back and speak directly to husbands: my brothers. This advice is carefully […]

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