January 2013

From www.sethbarnes.com

I am a progeny of the short-term missions movement. My life was shaped by trips I took as a teenager to Guatemala and Peru. And here’s the ripple effect: in addition to sending tens of thousands to the field, my family has been profoundly affected. My daughter Estie just left with her college group to […]


Rice Christians and Fake Conversions

by Laura Parker on January 28, 2013

I remember our first year on the field literally thinking, “No one is ever, ever going to come to faith in Christ, no matter how many years I spend here.”  I thought this because for the first time in my life, I was face-to-face with the realities that the story of Jesus was so completely […]


Living Around Danger

by Chris Lautsbaugh on January 25, 2013

One of the biggest challenges of living and working in South Africa is the constant awareness of crime. Near the top of the list in violent crimes such as murder and rape, South Africa poses a bit a of a safety threat. Poverty drives muggings and home robberies. Very few nights pass when I do […]


Thieves, Cannibals, and other Comic Relief

by Editor on January 23, 2013

This guest post comes to us from Colleen Mitchell, missionary in Costa Rica.   ————————————- Because the stress levels that accompany missionary life can often be so over the top and we are constantly battling our fears and fighting for peace, it is imperative that we as missionaries keep our sense of humor and ability […]


The Corpse in My Car

by Adele Booysen on January 21, 2013

On a rainy day one August, I had a dead body in my Land Rover. Her name was Caroline, and she was 16. She had drowned on a Tuesday. Her body was found that Friday. Not being from the area of Kenya where I was living at the time, Caroline’s body had to be transported […]


Next Door Neighbors

by Angie Washington on January 18, 2013

This is a get-to-know-you post! In the comment box leave the answers to one or more of the following. Questions: 1. Where do you currently reside? 2. What languages do you speak? 3. What is the proper greeting ritual in the nation where you are currently living? 4. What’s the craziest thing you have eaten? […]


What Frames My World

by Michele Perry on January 16, 2013

I sit here in the night time silence and remember. The air hung swollen that day, pregnant with rains ready to be delivered.  The dry blowing out with fits and bluster begrudgingly making way for the wet to come. I watched the winds blow the first real cloud cover we had seen in months onto […]


This I Used To Believe

by Lisa McKay on January 14, 2013

National Public Radio in the USA used to do a segment called This I Believe, featuring short pieces on people’s most passionate and strongly held beliefs. The essays that resulted from this project span topics ranging from life as an act of literary creation to being nice to the pizza delivery guy. They are united […]


Want Exotic? Go Live Overseas.

by Laura Parker on January 11, 2013

One of the most wonderful things about raising a family overseas is the unique experiences the entire family gains from the local culture. And while culture shock is a beast and culture pain can strip you bare, there is a deep goodness in tasting life in a foreign land. Below is a small collection of […]


“Hard work is always hard work…”

by Richelle Wright on January 9, 2013


Many, many years ago, I was a competitive gymnast. Unlike most of my teammates, I delighted in the challenge of the balance beam. Dancing, flipping, leaping and tumbling on nothing but a strip of wood wrapped in suede four inches wide, 16 feet long and lifted four feet above the ground exhilarated, thrilled and terrified my […]


Not long after arriving in Thailand as a Christian aid worker, I felt like it was time to try some local cuisine: Thai beer. I enjoy a good beer and love trying local drinks that are well-made. On this particular occasion, my wife and I were with a Thai Christian who was showing us around […]


Beyond Culture Shock: Culture Pain, Culture Stripping

by Rachel Pieh Jones on January 4, 2013

Expatriates are told to prepare for Culture Shock and expect to experience it within their first year. But what about after that year? What about after seven years? Nine? Fifteen? What about the frustrations and tears, hurt and stress, internal (or external) cries for ‘home’? What about those days when you will do anything to […]