The Gaping Hole in the Modern Missions Movement {part 1}

by Jonathan Trotter
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I think something’s missing. It’s something that Jesus loved (and studied) a whole lot. It’s missing because it doesn’t really fit into our Discovery Bible story sets. It doesn’t seem to add value to our NGOs or leadership trainings. It doesn’t offer an immediate return on investment or accelerate the planting and growing of churches. It’s the […]

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Infidelity on the Mission Field

by Editor
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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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Nothing short of marvelous

by Richelle Wright
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“It occurs to me that the peculiarity of most things we think of as fragile is how tough they truly are. There were tricks we did with eggs, as children, to show how they were, in reality, tiny load-bearing marble halls; while the beat of the wings of a butterfly in the right place, we […]

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But I’ve done all these good things . . .

by Elizabeth Trotter
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The question came as Jesus was beginning His last journey to Jerusalem. It came as He was heading toward His most heart-rending task, as He was starting the long descent toward death: “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” We all know the story. A young, rich, religious man calls Jesus good and […]

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What Being a TCK is Really All About

by Editor
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We were sitting in a coffee shop having yet another one of those random conversations in which we could go from our favorite ramen noodle flavors to deep thoughts about our lives as TCKs. My friend was explaining how blissful and easy her life had been before moving from Canada to Cambodia a year earlier. […]

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Standing Up Crooked Together

by Craig Thompson
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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
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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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Don’t give it all away

by Editor
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My internal situational analyst is part fascinated, part disturbed by Jesus’ challenge to give everything up and just follow Him. “If I go and do likewise,” it asks in a small voice, verging on terror, “If I give everything up, how will I live?” One of my organization’s guiding principles while I was serving in Uganda was […]

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The Language Learning Mother

by Rachel Pieh Jones
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I moved to Africa with two-and-a-half year old twins. One of the first things people ask me about that year is how I learned language, because I did. And I don’t feel like I abandoned my kids or neglected my husband in order to do it. I’m focusing on the Mother here because I typically […]

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What Would You Want From a Church Visit?

by Amy Young
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I have been given an exciting opportunity and I would like to extend it to you. A friend of mine is the missions director for his church and he sent me the following email: “One of my goals is to help our pastoral staff and elders be better contributors in the lives of our missionaries. […]

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It’s Not That I Don’t Try

by Anisha Hopkinson
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I am a homemaker. My husband is a missionary helicopter pilot. A while back we had a “How was your day?” conversation that went like this… Husband: “We flew over to pick up a few people from the crash site and take them back to the hospital. Tom went back with stretchers to pick up […]

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This is not what I signed up for

by Andy Bruner
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  Here are some sad but true stories. Exhibit A: A young couple feels God’s call to the mission field. The husband was an avionics technician and skilled in all things related to radios. (This was back in the early 70s.) They joined a large mission organization and were recruited to go to Africa. They […]

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