March 2019

When You Want to Want to Stay Longer

by Amy Medina on March 31, 2019

When living overseas, sometimes there’s no doubt that you need to leave. A denied visa, a medical emergency, a government coup, a burn-out, an unresolvable conflict. Sometimes there’s no doubt you want to stay. You’ve adapted; you’ve found community, ministry, purpose, and most of the time, you’re loving life. But what about when you think […]

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A Distant Look Back at Missionaries and Attrition, Part I

by Craig Thompson on March 29, 2019

The opinion is often expressed that the present-generation missionary does not view his work as a work for life.         —William Lennox Not every former missionary gets an obituary printed in The New York Times, but in 1960, William Gordon Lennox did. Born in Colorado Springs in 1884, Lennox attended Colorado College, […]

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TCK Lessons: After “Everyone Leaves”

by Editor on March 27, 2019

by Tanya Crossman My first post in this series explored a “lesson” TCKs learn through growing up internationally: that everyone leaves. Next, I paused to address a very common response: “what about the internet?” The internet allows for relationships to be maintained long-distance, which is so very helpful! But it doesn’t actually solve the underlying problem. Now in […]

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Smoke and Onions

by Editor on March 25, 2019

by Emily Raan Today it was smoke and onions. A few months ago it was reading hard, real, and desperately sad books based on true stories. Don’t get me wrong, I hate the smell of our neighbors’ burning trash. And the five onions I just got done cutting up are certainly not a bed of […]

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We are expats.  We say goodbye.  A lot. I could end this post right there and know that I have struck a chord.  But I won’t. If you’re living far from home (or you instinctively use finger quotes when you even say the word “home”) you’ve noticed it.  You started this whole thing with a massive […]

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Is Missionary Work Colonialism?

by Craig Greenfield on March 19, 2019

You might be a missionary – someone called and sent to serve God cross-culturally – but chances are, you don’t like being called a missionary. That’s because, in popular Western culture, missionaries are seen as pith helmet-wearing colonialists – forcing their culture and religion on people who don’t want it. These concerns go back to […]

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Years ago my dad was reading A Lesson Before Dying and my sister warned him, “Whatever you do, do not finish reading it on a plane because you will cry. I am just warning you. You want to finish that book in private.”  If only all books came with warnings. So, to help you out, my […]

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Upside Down Dependency

by Rachel Pieh Jones on March 15, 2019

Humanitarians often talk about the issue of dependency and how to avoid creating it. The whole: teach a person to fish scenario. What if the conversation is backward? What if the person at risk of developing the dependency is the humanitarian? Humanitarians need the local person to be needy. We need a job, we need […]

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Does Any of It Belong to Us?

by Abby Alleman on March 13, 2019

“The moment that you think something you do belongs to you, you lose the way.” – Rigoberta Menchu It was when I was in my senior Latin American Culture class, as I read ‘I Rigoberta’, that I discovered this quote. Since my copy of the book was in Spanish, I looked for the exact same […]

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I thought I’d be doing amazing work. I’m not.

by Anisha Hopkinson on March 11, 2019

I moved overseas thinking I would be off doing amazing things. God had a purpose for me in Indonesia, I was sure of it. I would use my talents and abilities to help children or work with women. I would make a difference. Maybe you thought these things, too. It didn’t turn out that way. […]

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Success or Faithfulness?

by Marilyn on March 8, 2019

It has not been an easy week here in Kurdistan. From difficulty with websites to difficulty with people, there are times when I would like life to be easier. I’m sitting now at one of the two coffee shops in Rania, listening to Adele on repeat. Adele is easy on the ears, and I find […]

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Take Heart, Weary Servant

by Craig Greenfield on March 5, 2019

The battle is real – compassion fatigue, backstabbing, lack of breakthroughs. And that’s just on Twitter. Ministry life can be even more brutal. Especially if you’re engaged in ministry amongst people who are hurting – which is almost anyone in ministry, right? They hurt. We get hurt helping them. We hurt ourselves – and others. […]

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