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In Defense of Second-Class Missionaries

by Amy Medina on April 4, 2017

Imagine what it would look like if western churches hired their staff with the same priorities that they choose overseas missionaries to financially support. First of all, a Children’s Pastor would definitely be out.  Not strategic enough; he’s only supporting the children of believers.  Youth Pastor?  Also out, unless he targets neighborhood kids. How about a Music Pastor? […]

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Living Well Abroad: 4 Areas to Consider

by Jonathan Trotter on March 6, 2017

My day job here in Cambodia is serving as a pastoral counselor. In a typical week, I meet with clients from Asia, the Americas, Australia, Europe, and occasionally Africa. And whether these clients are missionaries, NGO workers, or international business people, they’re all trying to figure out how to live well here. In Cambodia. I […]

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It’s Not All About War: Balancing our Kingdom Rhetoric

by Jonathan Trotter on November 3, 2016

How we motivate people to care about cross-cultural missions matters. Should we try to motivate people to care about cross-cultural missions? Should we try to motivate people to do cross-cultural missions? Yeah, I think so. But when our talk of Kingdom and Mission skews too much to an emphasis on war and doing battle, people […]

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Standing Up Crooked Together

by Craig Thompson on March 21, 2016

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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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Inside Job

Stephen W. Smith wrote Inside Job for leaders, leaders who find themselves trying to “climb the slippery, treacherous slope of success,” often falling with a crash and landing in a heap below. Stephen was once among them. When he began life after graduate school, he says, “I developed an addiction to work that was applauded by every organization I worked for in my […]

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Resources For Men Serving Cross-Culturally

by Amy Young on September 28, 2015

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I received the following email from a man I’d met at MTI’s Debriefing and Renewal. Brian, his wife, and I were in the same debriefing group. I was recently talking to a former missionary friend of mine who was going through some tough times in his re-entry to the States despite the fact that he has […]

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That One Safe Friend

by Craig Thompson on September 18, 2015

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Do you have that one safe friend? When I went overseas, I didn’t. In fact, I didn’t even know I needed one. Don’t get me wrong. I had a lot of friends, good friends, but I didn’t have one particular person who was committed to the role of being that one safe friend. Since then I’ve come to […]

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Encountering God: A Tale of Two Bushes

by Craig Thompson on July 15, 2015

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I want to hear God. I want to know his specific will for my life. I want him to tell me what to do next. I want . . . A Burning Bush It worked for Moses. When he was on Mt. Horeb and saw the bush that burned but didn’t burn up, he went over to get a […]

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Debriefing Resources

by Angie Washington on November 28, 2014

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Thanks to the facebook followers of our A Life Overseas page we have a list of debriefing resource links. Please share any resources you have found helpful. We would love to bulk up the list with resources around the globe. Other names for debriefing include: home assignment, re-entry counseling, member care, and processing for repatriation. […]

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