December 2019

Newsletters and the People Who Read Them

by Craig Thompson on December 30, 2019

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of readers. . . . Now that we’ve reached the end of 2019, it’s time to work on that end-of-the-year newsletter. Or maybe you’re still working on your November newsletter, or your October newsletter, or even a bi-annual summary—since you missed getting out your 2018 […]


by Sean I was 42 years old and had been serving internationally for nearly 20 years before I took a break.  I don’t know how I made it that long. But I know that I just barely did. I don’t mean I didn’t take a vacation or time off work during a holiday–those breaks came […]


Stupid Expat Days and How to Love Them

by Jerry Jones on December 23, 2019

There are days that expats have to live but normal people never do. I call them Stupid Expat Days.  Where I come from you run to the post office to renew a passport IF you even need one. Not so where I live now.  This time around it was my 8-year-old son who was up […]


On Being an Immigrant

by Editor on December 19, 2019

by Seth Lewis Growing up in Alabama, I knew the rules: I knew when to say “yes, ma’am” and how to order a Sprite by asking for a Coke and waiting for the server to say “What kind?” I knew what was expected of me, and I knew what to expect from others. I knew […]


“Real” Thinking About Money and a survey

by Amy Young on December 18, 2019

Several weeks ago the post I’m Tired of Asking You for Money resonated with many. On Facebook it reached more than 7,000 people, was liked/loved/laughed at 130 times, shared 64 times, and received 24 comments. Needless to say, author Erin Duplechin isn’t the only one tired of asking for money! Unbeknownst to Erin, I had […]


How to Care Well for MK’s {An Interview With an Expert}

by Abby Alleman on December 15, 2019


I think of Donna Kushner as a hero. She is a champion of MK’s and TCK’S, their stories, journeys and life struggles. She was so moved by the need to care for MK’s better, she pioneered a ministry called MK2MK (Missionary Kid to Missionary Kid) under the umbrella of Cru, officially forming in 2000. Since […]


How to Help Our Kids Say Healthy Goodbyes

by Rachel Pieh Jones on December 13, 2019

My kids have to say a lot of goodbyes. We live in Djibouti but my husband and I are both from Minnesota. Our family spends some summers in Minnesota and when we leave Africa, we have to say goodbye to friends and coaches and teachers. Then, come August, when we return to Africa, we have […]


Ever wondered if missionary service could be right for you? Take this quiz and find out! Select all appropriate answers and tally scores for your final results. Do have a call from God? Yes [ 20  ]   No  [ 20  ]        Have you ever worked as a hair dresser? Yes [Greenlighted. Skip quiz and […]


On Family Albums and What I Didn’t Know

by Marilyn on December 9, 2019

Our family albums tell amazing stories. Picnics in the shadow of the Great Pyramids of Egypt; bucket baths in Swat Valley – home to Malala the brave; hiking in the foothills of the Himalayan mountains; feeding pigeons outside the Spice Bazaar in Istanbul; climbing on canons in Quebec City; wandering through Topkapi Palace with cousins, […]

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Gandalf’s Scream, Love, and Why We Need More Anger

by Jonathan Trotter on December 5, 2019

Anger is a wonderful, powerful, amazing, informative, life-giving, protective resource. Or at least it can be. Anger can be a redemptive sword, when it’s wielded by love.  “Anger is a surgical weapon, designed to destroy ugliness and restore beauty. In the hands of one who is trained in love and who can envision beauty, the […]


I Belong to You

by Editor on December 2, 2019

by Laura Hope As a child, my parents moved often. We left Israel when I was 3 years old only to move from state to state in the USA for the next ten years due to my father’s work. When we came back to Israel when I was 13, I struggled with a sense of […]