The Truth About Missions Is That It’s A Long, Hard Slog

by Editor February 19, 2018

by Jen Oshman “I don’t know, Jen, are we even ‘doing’ anything there? Or is it just a thing to…feel like we are doing something?”  My dear friend emailed me those words last week. Our two families have been going each week to the apartment of a newly arrived Somalian refugee family. We drive across town […]

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Four must-reads for anyone interacting with others (part one)

by Amy Young February 16, 2018

I really wanted to title this Four must-reads novels for cross-cultural work, but I was concerned that some of you would see the word “novel” and think “Ain’t got time for that!” and move on. But wait! I predominately read nonfiction, but I have found that fiction lets me reflect and process my life in ways […]

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How We Get Rootedness Wrong

by Editor February 14, 2018

by Beth Watkins I had this nagging sense I was doing something wrong. I had decided to be a missionary. And while that in and of itself didn’t seem simple enough, the idea that I would go to one place, learn the language, be a part of a foreign place, integrate with the lives of […]

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Where Love Leads

by Anisha Hopkinson February 12, 2018

Four years ago my husband and I moved our family to Indonesia. We’d spent the previous decade studying and working to gain the experience needed to serve in a highly skilled capacity overseas. Just when we paid off all our debt and actually started making nice salaries with great benefits, we left and began living […]

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One Simple Way to Bless TCKs

by Jonathan Trotter February 8, 2018

“My book is called Misunderstood because that is how many young TCKs feel.” – Tanya Crossman It’s true. Many kids grow up among worlds and end up feeling completely and totally misunderstood. They may feel misunderstood by the societies they’ve grown up in and the societies they’ve returned too. They may feel misunderstood by the nuclear families […]

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Creating Place

by Marilyn February 7, 2018

In recent years, authors have released a plethora of Christian books about home and place. From Jen Pollock Michel’s Keeping Place to Tish Oxenreider’s At Home in the World, many have a lot to say about roots, feeling at home, and stability. I read these books with both appreciation and cynicism. I’ve lived in 28 […]

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Ask a Counselor: the epiphany of Love

by Kay Bruner February 4, 2018

I love the idea of an epiphany, that “a-ha moment” that brings a flash enlightenment. Right now, we’re in the season of Epiphany, according to the church calendar. Epiphany begins just after Christmas and runs all the way up until Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. It’s a strange and beautiful story, the original Epiphany: astrologers […]

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So You Want to Cross Oceans and Cultures. Are You Ready?

by Amy Medina February 1, 2018

Is your passion for the glory of Jesus Christ stronger than anything else?  Do you believe in the depths of your soul that he is the greatest treasure of the universe, and that heaven and hell are real? You may envision the glory of adventure, you might be full of noble good works, and maybe […]

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Naming Your Grief—and Finding an Answer

by Craig Thompson January 31, 2018

I don’t think I’d ever heard the phrase “disenfranchised grief” before I came back from living overseas. Maybe it was during debriefing that it came up. Or maybe it was later, when I attended a series of grief-support meetings offered by a local hospice. Everyone else in the group had experienced the recent death of […]

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How a 40 Year Old Camel Changed My Life

by Jerry Jones January 29, 2018

  In the interest of integrity — the title to this post is slightly misleading. I’ve been reading up on clickbait and I’m just trying to stay current. Click here to catch up: 33 Clickbait Headlines for Expats — Number 12 Will Make You Gasp The full truth is the camel (actual picture above) was […]

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If I’m competent in culture, do I show God’s power less?

by Editor January 26, 2018

by Tamie Davis One of the hardest things for me about Bible college was discovering that I was good at it. I won awards, and was publicly recognised. Far from being an achievement to be celebrated, this made me intensely uncomfortable. Part of that is cultural. In Australia, we have this thing called ‘Tall Poppy […]

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6 Permissions Most Missionaries’ Kids Need

by Editor January 24, 2018

by Michèle Phoenix As I travel to speak and consult with missionary families around the world, the word “permission” regularly comes up. In a subculture saturated with expectations and obligations, it seems to have a restorative power. Missionaries’ Kids, too, live under burdensome expectations and would benefit as much as their parents from clearly articulated […]

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