August 2019

10 Ways to Host Friends and Family Well

by Editor on August 29, 2019

by John Walsh When friend and family visit you while living overseas, it can be a tremendously uplifting time of re-connection, support and encouragement. It also gives you an opportunity to show off your adopted country to your loved ones. But, frankly, these visits also have the potential to be exhausting. The pressure of entertaining […]

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Missionary Memes: Tea Bags and Coffins

by Craig Thompson on August 28, 2019

Some stories seem too good to be true. Some seem too good not to be true. Both seem too good not to be told over and over again. Here are a couple I’m thinking you’ve heard before. Used Tea Bags They very well may be the most talked about items to ever be lovingly tucked […]

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Why Do You Keep Going Back?

by Editor on August 25, 2019

by Anna Glenn When we joined AgriCorps, we said that we would be going to Liberia for one year. One year later we were packing our bags for a flight back to Liberia. When we joined Hope in the Harvest, we said that we would be going to Liberia for two years. Two years later we […]

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Laughing in the Face of Transition

by Jerry Jones on August 23, 2019

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Hey expat.  You too repat.  When was the last time you laughed? Like really laughed.  Belly laughed until your ears hurt and you actually had to force yourself to think of something sad for fear that you might pull a muscle in your gut.  Laughed so hard that you had to fight to catch your […]

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by Natalie Arauco It’s a terrifying shiver that runs through you the first time you step foot in a new country. You’re ready to conquer the world and nothing can stop you. You start off in a hard sprint. But before you know it, you struggle, slamming into one wall after another. Life as a […]

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Coming Soon: Global Trellis

by Amy Young on August 19, 2019

Remember in January when I asked “Which of these have you experienced on the field?” Burnout, boredom, overwhelm, losing touch with yourself, not having skills equal to the task, being used up and spit out by the missionary machine, fearing you will be exposed as a fraud, feeling you are out of your depth, or […]

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15 Strange Habits I Picked Up Overseas

by Rachel Pieh Jones on August 16, 2019

Living abroad changes a person. Here are some examples. No shoes in the house. People in Minnesota tell me to make myself at home and leave my shoes on. I struggle. I want to take them off. In Djibouti there could be goat/camel/sheep/human poop on those shoes, or road kill juice, or simply a lot of […]

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If I could tell you three things…

by Anisha Hopkinson on August 13, 2019

Hey there Christian. If I could share three things with you, here’s what they would be: Time is so much shorter than you think. You are so much richer than you think. You don’t have to find your calling. Let me explain… Time is so much shorter than you think. Truly, it is. We’ve got […]

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Should We Have Waited Until We Were Older?

by Amy Medina on August 12, 2019

Gil and I met at 21 years old, married at 23, and were living in Tanzania by 24. We had been married all of nine months before we moved overseas. We had gotten to know each other as co-leaders of a cross-cultural ministry in California, and our desire to be missionaries was one of the […]

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The sword hangs by a thread, suspended above the throne, pointing down. Threatening. One strand of horsehair, fastened to the pommel, is strong enough. Barely. One breeze, one bit of weakening fiber, and death is certain. And so, no matter how powerful the king becomes, no matter how many successes he has, the sword remains […]

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