April 2013

Why “Did You Have Fun?” is the Wrong Question

by Laura Parker on April 30, 2013

Sweaty heads and dirty feet tumbled into the car after an evening last week at BHJ Girl’s Home in SE Asia.  And we waved goodbye out the window as the gate was closed behind us, and I asked my three kids in the backseat, “Well, did you have fun?” And, immediately, my son started in– “I didn’t like the food.  […]


Developers and Planters UNITE!

by Justin Schneider on April 25, 2013

Many Christians living and working overseas can be put into two categories: church planters and community developers.  During my time overseas, I have primarily worked in the community development side but was introduced to serving abroad by church planters. Perhaps some of you have noticed that at times it almost feels like there is a […]


Fair Expectations

by Angie Washington on April 22, 2013

We sat in the booth at a sandwich shop. By divine serendipity our paths crossed on “home” soil. She was back from Africa and I was up from South America. As we picked at our oversize, overpriced deliciousness stories poured out. “Things are so rough in the village. The ladies tell me I need to […]



by Kay Bruner on April 19, 2013

She sits in my office, crying.  “Why am I so depressed?  Nothing terrible happened to me.  I love my parents.  I loved living overseas.  I can’t wait to go back.  But why do I get so depressed?” I get out a stack of paper, and draw a tombstone on each sheet.  On each tombstone, I […]


When You Start to Pick Your Nose in Public…

by Rachel Pieh Jones on April 17, 2013

When you start to pick your nose in public, you might be too cheap for Kleenex. Or you might live in a really dry, dusty place and need to dig that one out before it makes you bleed. Or you might be overdue for a break. When you (if a native English speaker) start to […]


Missionaries can be a negative, cynical bunch sometimes. And I’m not pointing fingers because I get it. I’ve drunk the kool-aid and have come up woefully short of expectations (of myself, the work and others), and I’ve done this same fall-on-my-face-move on four different continents. Hacking out a life overseas can make a pessimist out […]


Coping With Loneliness

by Chris Lautsbaugh on April 8, 2013

Have you ever found yourself asking, “What am I doing?” “Is this worth it?” “Is this what we signed up for?” If so you are not alone in your emotions, although these feelings can make you feel very isolated. Missions and any form of leadership carries with it an aspect of loneliness. Ordinary friendships become […]


What if my kids start resenting “the work?”

by Richelle Wright on April 5, 2013

  This question must cross the mind of every missionary parent, at least at some point. I know it has crossed mine… and more than just once. First, I wonder- What would it look like, their resentment, I mean? Would my child become angry and act out? Would I see sullen and negative with constant […]


Change is in the air. After three years here in Luang Prabang, we’re leaving. My husband, Mike, is taking up a new job in Vientiane (the capital of Laos), so we’re packing up our life here and moving. We’re also having another baby in just over four months. Because of the lack of quality medical […]


The Help

by Tara Livesay on April 1, 2013

We stood in the driveway staring at the house we had rented in Port au Prince, “This looks like New York,” she declared. “My family will call me bourgeois living in a huge house like this.” She was correct in her observation, it was a very nice house; similar in size to every house we’ve […]