Regarding Burnout (and some ideas for avoiding it)

by Elizabeth Trotter on March 31, 2017

Last year I flirted with burnout. I was camping out along its edges, and I didn’t even know it. Only after some conversations with my husband and with a spiritual director, did I recognize what was going on and how I’d been complicit in my own spiritual sickness. These are the things I’m doing to […]


Let me tell you about Kassiah Jones

by Elizabeth Trotter on April 25, 2016

This month my husband and I took our kids to the local home school co-op’s spring performance. Some of our friends were in the play. It was called “The Race” and was an original play based loosely on the story of “The Tortoise and the Hare.” Every character in this play was modeled after an […]


To the Displaced and the Exiled

by Marilyn on February 8, 2016

Old city quote

To the Displaced and the Exiled I get it. You sit in a crowd of people and you feel your mouth go dry, the bite you just took from your scone chokes your throat. How can you be this lonely in a crowd of people? How is it possible that your passport country feels so […]


Rest. To Love.

by Jonathan Trotter on January 3, 2016


I’m trying to practice what I preach. I’m trying to remember my own advice. Oh, and I’m trying to transition back to life in Cambodia after a few months in the States. So yeah, let me remind myself (and you too, if you’re still reading): Rest. To Love. You want to love people well? You […]


To the ones who think they’ve failed

by Jonathan Trotter on December 1, 2015

So, you failed to save the world. You failed to complete the task of global evangelism. You failed to see massive geopolitical change in your region. You failed. Or at least you feel like it. Good-hearted people in your organization (maybe) and your churches (hopefully) tell you you’re not a failure. But you still feel […]


When There’s Nowhere to Go But Home

by Editor on April 28, 2015


When my husband and I decided to leave Cambodia, we had a hard time articulating why. Life was fine – very good actually. We had a decent groove with work, amazing childcare for our two children, and the most incredible faith community. And yet. We knew. It would have been easier in some ways if […]


How to Find Refreshment on the Field

by Danielle Wheeler on March 24, 2015


Today we are excited to have Danielle Wheeler from Velvet Ashes share an opportunity for women in the ALOS community. Danielle has written for ALOS before and knows well the joys and challenges of a life overseas. ************ I was beginning to believe it was impossible.  Finding refreshment and renewal where I lived felt almost laughable. Alone […]