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Dear Supporter, I wrote you a newsletter today.  I told you about the success in our ministry, about the lives being touched and the happy stories.  Everyone was smiling in all the pictures.  But there is so much more I wish I could tell you. I wish I could tell you that lots of times […]

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The Measure of Success

by Anisha Hopkinson on January 12, 2017

The year I failed algebra for paying more attention to boys than the teacher, mom and dad grounded me for the entire summer. Freedom on one condition: I had to take algebra summer school and achieve an A in the class. I worked my rear end off. I puzzled out each equation in the math […]

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When You Want a Different Life

by Amy Medina on November 1, 2016

I live in a tropical paradise.  The glorious Indian Ocean is my backdrop—I can see it between the trees at my house, when I run errands around town, and when I watch my daughter’s soccer games.  For fun we take a little boat to an uninhabited island and snorkel over colorful coral.  The weather is […]

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When It All Blows Up In Your Face

by Amy Medina on August 31, 2016

Sixteen years ago, my husband and I were all of 24 years old when we arrived in Tanzania for our first term.  We had only been married nine months, and we were passionate and dedicated, but incredibly naïve.  We had absolutely no idea what we were in for. We were working in youth ministry in […]

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America, Meet the World

by Chris Lautsbaugh on March 18, 2016

Hello America. Meet the Rest of the World. Note: This is not a political post but one of identification. The closer we get to the election in the United States, the more comments, eye rolling, and jokes I am hearing as an American living overseas. My journey as an American in missions has spanned over […]

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I Believe, Help My Unbelief

by Chris Lautsbaugh on December 30, 2015

In work, ministry, and life we all experience frequent seasons when things don’t work out quite the way we had hoped. In missions, our internal dialogues consist of “Am I making a difference?” or “Will these things ever change?” When we are trusting for provision, for a breakthrough in our health, or seeing a life […]

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  Almost four years ago, when my firstborn, Dominic, was five months old, my mother in law was carrying him down the stairs of our house in Northern Laos. She slipped and fell. Dominic’s knee hit the wood. His femur broke. Luckily, the one X-ray machine in town was working that day. Luckily, the one […]

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Of Sheep and Wolves, Serpents and Doves

by Richelle Wright on November 27, 2015

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It happened in the car while bringing the kids home from school sometime this year… nothing extraordinary or life changing, but I can’t stop thinking about it. As missionaries on support learning a new ministry in a new place (that is just about as polar opposite as possible from where we were), we are still […]

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On Avoiding The Resentment

by Tara Livesay on October 30, 2015

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News Flash:  There aren’t any news flashes in this post, but there are some things we all tend to do over and over again that get us in trouble.  I decided maybe that means we (I) need to keep talking about it. * * * There is just something about the life overseas that creates […]

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When Someone You Love Dies, and You are Far, Far Away

by Rachel Pieh Jones on October 2, 2015

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Note: This was written a year and a half ago, but still holds true for today. My Grandma Jeanne died last week. Death sucks. Or, in the gentler words of my wise (and gentler) friend Sue, “I hate death.” Even if she was in her upper 80’s and, as Lucy says, “That’s what happens to […]

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When Trust Stands Tall

by Richelle Wright on June 10, 2015

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I saw or heard that phrase somewhere this last year, and it has hung with me… …because I need trust to stand tall. Like now! A few days back, I went with my freshly graduated 18 year old to her yearly physical (she won’t have her license for a few more weeks). As the nurse measured […]

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They Are Not Ready…

by Chris Lautsbaugh on May 20, 2015

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“They are not ready…” These may be some of the most frequently uttered words when missionaries consider passing the baton of leadership. They can also be the most painful. One of the leaders I work with shares the story of being a young, oppressed worker in South Africa during the time of apartheid: A white […]

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