Eeny Meeny Miney Moe And Where Oh Where Is Home?

by Abby Alleman
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Eeny, meeny, miny, moe, Catch a tiger by the toe. If he hollers, let him go, Eeny, meeny, miny, MOE! Have you ever wanted to do this when someone asks you where you are from? Run your fingers over the choices and chant until you land on the ‘moe’ of home? I remember the wide-eyed […]

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Dangerous Stories

by Chris Lautsbaugh
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Sometimes the stories we tell of those we minister to can become dangerous. I’ve been at this missions thing for 23 years now. I’ve made a lot of mistakes. I often reflect on things I did in the past and cringe. Hindsight is always 20/20, but perhaps others can learn from my mistakes. One mistake […]

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The Minority Experience

by Sarah Goodfellow
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I am white. My husband is white and my kids are all white. Until four years ago that had no effect on our lives. And then we moved from the United States to Peru and became minorities.  I expected to learn a lot from our move to Peru. I expected to learn about poverty and injustice. […]

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Competing, contrasting or complimentary?

by Richelle Wright
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Our last January in West Africa, we took the family camping at a nearby game park. We camp a lot in the States – sometimes even in some pretty out-of-the-way places, but that was the first time I’d ever camped in Africa, under an African sky, in a really remote location. No city lights. No […]

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Ever Becoming – One Word 365

by Alece Ronzino
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We are so grateful to have Alece Ronzino join us again this year. Alece is well-known to many of us in her work to both free and challenge us by inviting us to pick just one word to guide the year. While lengthy resolutions often spell defeat, one word can impact us in ways we can’t […]

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Singing Songs of Joy in a Foreign Land

by Marilyn
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In Psalm 137 the song-writer gives us a picture of a people displaced, in exile. They are by a river and they are weeping. They hang up their musical instruments and those around them shout at them to sing songs, songs of joy. “Pull up your bootstraps people! Sing songs of joy. It’s not that […]

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My Hope For You in 2015

by Rachel Pieh Jones
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Wouldn’t it be nice if I could hope for you only and fully that all your days be merry and your nights be bright and your path be smooth and the sun shine gently on your face? I do hope the road rises to meet you and that you find joy in every relationship and […]

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When the Straight & Narrow Isn’t

by Jonathan Trotter

My parents had their life all mapped out, and then their baby was born with chromosomal abnormalities and died at home, surrounded by tubes and oxygen tanks, only a month old. As a teenager, I had my life pretty well planned out (get my pilot’s license, be Nate Saint). But then my mom got cancer […]

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Missions Field or Land of Opportunity?

by Chris Lautsbaugh
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One man’s mission field is another’s land of opportunity. I realized this in a fresh way as I was interacting with some immigrants to South Africa from Malawi. They were telling me about their home nation, Malawi. The common descriptions were of a lush, green, and beautiful nation which was peaceful. They left their homeland […]

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Why Knowing Our Stories is so Important

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When I first read this post from Abigail Alleman, I knew it had to be published around Christmas. For it is a story about entering into stories, about becoming more a part of the places we live, entering the world God has called us to, fully with all our broken pieces. It is a story […]

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The Tree That Tells Our Story

by Elizabeth Trotter
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My parents came to Cambodia to celebrate the American version of Thanksgiving with us, and they stayed for the traditional setting up of the Christmas tree. After we finished stringing the lights and hanging the ornaments, and the youngest child had placed the heirloom angel from my husband’s childhood on top, we all sat down to admire […]

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Let Earth Receive

by Kay Bruner
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Let’s just go ahead and say this right out loud:  when you live overseas, Christmas can be really hard. It’s hard to be away from family and friends.  That’s the big one.  It’s the season of Together, and you’re not. In addition, the carols are sung to the wrong tune, spiral-sliced honey ham does not […]

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