June 2019

What Kind of Legacy Will We Leave Behind?

by Editor on June 26, 2019

by Beth We planted a walnut tree in our garden in Central Asia. As we sat in its meager shade (it’s still a small tree) my husband smiled and said: “Just think, one day our grandchildren will be able to climb this tree and enjoy a view over the whole city!” For a few moments […]

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9 Ways MKs Can Navigate Their Grief

by Editor on June 21, 2019

by Michèle Phoenix Someone asked me, recently, why there is such an emphasis on grief and loss in my speaking on MK topics. The answer is simple: they are highly influential emotions experienced by a majority of MKs. A young man named Muki, who recently transitioned back to his passport country, articulated it best: I’ve […]

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Thank You For Hosting My Niece

by Amy Young on June 20, 2019

Dear ALOS family, I wrote the following letter two years ago. I have another letter I want to write, but it will make more sense if we read and dissect this letter this month and next month I’ll write the follow-up. No surprise, I have many thoughts to share. HA, but instead of rushing to […]

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Expatriate, Immigrant, Racist?

by Rachel Pieh Jones on June 18, 2019

I’ve always assumed I’m an expatriate (this is not an ex-patriot or an ex-pat or an ex-patriate). A few years ago an article called this into question, and the conversation is ongoing. The Guardian published Why are white people expats when the rest of us are immigrants? I regularly hear from people concerned that I call […]

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An Open Letter to My Younger Missionary Mom Self

by Abby Alleman on June 14, 2019

Dear One, I want to reach my arms across time and gently caress your shoulders. I’ll lift your head to look in my eyes and say, ‘these shoulders were not meant to carry the weight of the world.’ The hands of the God who treasures you were. You feel responsible for everything and everyone. You […]

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Even Jesus had a boat.

by Anisha Hopkinson on June 11, 2019

“Ok, this is what life is like there. You can’t change all the stuff happening around you. So what can you change to help you continue living there?” asked my counselor friend. I just finished unloading a story about breaking up a racially motivated street fight and chasing my knife wielding friend down the street […]

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by Bernie Anderson White Subarus and silver Toyotas back out of their respective driveways, plodding their way to respective workplace destinations. I don’t know where. Department stores, manufacturing plants, and office buildings with cubicles.   I wonder how many of these folks love what they do? That could be me. I sit on the borrowed […]

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By Robynn Bliss & Marilyn Gardner For Muslims around the world, the holy month of Ramadan ended on Monday night. Here in Kurdistan the excitement as the month ended was palpable. Loud chanting at 4:30 in the morning from the mosque next door marked the end of the fast and the beginning of the feast. […]

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God Uses Your Differences

by Editor on June 4, 2019

by Ava “If you go to there, you’ll be the first brown missionary they’ve ever seen,” warned one missionary to me as I prepared to serve God in South Asia. I laughed at those words, not knowing how much they would affect my daily life when I moved to Asia in January 2017.  Being of […]

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Selfies and the Short Term Mission Trip

by Editor on June 3, 2019

by Simon Is it possible that our Christian service can become, albeit inadvertently, about us, rather than for others? In an era where selfies–often polished to perfection–rule the roost, is our identity rooted in our selves or still immersed in Christ? How do we avoid the pitfall of making it about us rather than others? […]

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