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Lost in Translation: 10 Foreign Language Fails

by Anisha Hopkinson on July 13, 2015

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I’m Anisha, an American new (again) to living overseas. A year into life in Indonesia and the opportunities for making a fool of myself are endless. They are also endlessly hilarious if I let them be. One of my favourite things to do is swap stories of culture and language blunders with fellow cross-cultural workers. […]

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Real Housewives of Cochabamba

by Angie Washington on December 12, 2014

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In Americana pop culture annals our time in history will be marked by the exposé-esque entertainment of: the reality tv show. Amidst the hundreds of shows about “real” people doing “real” stuff you will find a group with the prefix ‘Real Housewives of…”. We have a little joke in the missionary wife community here in […]

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Creating Traditions Abroad

by Tara Livesay on December 8, 2014

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It may not be true for everyone reading, but many of us grew up celebrating Christmas in a certain way.  Part of the anticipation of the holiday season was wrapped up in the excitement of the traditions of the season. Growing up, my little nuclear family of four used to get the fondue pot out […]

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When on those highways and byways…

by Richelle Wright on November 12, 2014

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I used to find it some combination between mildly amusing and slightly annoying when I’d hear people pray for “traveling mercies,” even though at the time we were crisscrossing the state of Michigan (as well as a few adjacent states) almost every weekend seeking the financial support to head to West Africa as missionaries. Then one […]

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No, Seriously, Laugh.

by Jonathan Trotter on October 9, 2014

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My dad was a dentist. And I’m not sure if it was all that time around nitrous oxide or what, but he loved to laugh. In fact, I remember many times, with babies screaming (there were five in diapers at one time in my house — long story, tell you later), he’d smile and say, […]

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Parasites and Paperwork

by Angie Washington on September 26, 2014

When it feels as though parasites have taken up permanent residency just know... this too shall pass.

These two topics arise during the conversation at almost every gathering of foreigners: parasites and paperwork. They hold the same high level of disdain and elicit low begrudged groans. Parasites How many times have parasites, amoebas, or other unfriendly bugs assaulted you? How many of those nasty sicknesses can you tick on a list? Does […]

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“Banish the onion!”

by Richelle Wright on August 15, 2014

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If you “google” family menu planning, you end up with over 87 million results in just a fraction of a second. I guess a lot of people really like to plan menus. Menu planning used to be a pretty big deal for me. Once upon a time, I grocery shopped once every two weeks, with a […]

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“Why didn’t they send a tractor?”

by Richelle Wright on July 18, 2014

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The idea that much is expected of those who have been given much had been drilled into me as a boy. I saw giving back as my duty – a responsibility I’d accepted from a young age. Feeling the duty to help others after graduating from college, I signed up for the Peace Corps and […]

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One-Uppers

by Tara Livesay on June 2, 2014

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For some reason 2014 is the year that I cannot seem to formulate many serious or deep thoughts when discussing my “life overseas”.  I would like to believe it is simply “a season”, and not some major personality flaw. With a virus spreading like wild-fire, life in Haiti has been especially rough for the last […]

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Ever seen a baby lizard dressed in Polly Pocket clothing?

by Richelle Wright on February 24, 2014

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I have. I wish I had a picture… But I don’t. All I have is the memory. And that memory often gets me thinking about this fact. Sometimes, we missionary types take ourselves a little too seriously. We want to be effective,  impact lives, not just do what we do well but very well – […]

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To My 25-year-old Self…

by Angie Washington on October 25, 2013

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Hey there, you. Yes, you with the big dreams and full schedule. Yes, you getting ready to embark on the greatest mission of your life. Can I have a minute? I know you have laundry to do, support letters to mail, and noses to wipe, but if I may? First of all, let me assure […]

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On Driving and Unsurpassable Worth

by Tara Livesay on July 29, 2013

Jesus said things. ‘Love your neighbor’, ‘Love one another’, ‘Love your enemies’. As we go about our day in the capital city of Port au Prince, we are frequently given a chance to demonstrate a higher level Jesus-variety-type of love.  In the reverse we are given a chance to be an overtly aggressive giant ass […]

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