2020

Last weekend, my wife and I used Facebook to video chat with two of our sons, their wives, and our four little grandkids. That’s what you do when your children are serving in a faraway land. That’s what you do, too, when your children, like ours, are close by but COVID-19 protocols tell you to […]

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Editor’s Note: This beautiful invitation to the Velvet Ashes online retreat was written before much of the world shut down due to COVID-19. At the time I received this piece, I thought it was one of the most moving descriptions of community, both online and otherwise, that I had ever read. I still believe that, […]

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For the Twenty-Somethings

by Amy Young on March 20, 2020

Last month I wrote the post 10 Ideas For Your Professional Development and stipulated that every adult on the field is a professional. 1. Every adult on the field is a professional. A profession is what you invest the lion’s share of your “work” time and effort into. Let’s not confuse location (inside versus outside […]

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The Tempest of Shifting Identities

by Abby Alleman on March 18, 2020

‘Spiritual identity means we are not what we do or what people say about us. And we are not what we have. We are the beloved daughters and sons of God.’ ~Henri Nouwen My first cross-cultural experience was not overseas, but rather when I spent the summer in inner-city Kensington, Philadelphia. With a 90 percent […]

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COVID-19 and the Expatriate

by Rachel Pieh Jones on March 16, 2020

Twelve years ago, I started writing a novel. I’m terrible at fiction and the novel didn’t get very far. But now, I wish I written the darn thing anyway. The world faced a massive and unstoppable disease. Borders closed. Flights stopped. The economy crashed.  Seemingly overnight, Americans like myself found themselves as refugees in the […]

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Beautifully Broken Belonging

by Editor on March 9, 2020

I wrote this poem on January 15 as a way to process my impeding move from China to the U.S. in June. On January 19, I left China for what I thought was going to be 11 days in the US. However, due to the coronavirus, I’m still in the U.S., 50 days later, unsure […]

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Furlough is Coming

by Jonathan Trotter on March 3, 2020

  ‘Twas the day before furlough and all through the house, Everybody was crazy, even the mouse. With kilograms counted and carry-ons packed, The dad will get asked, “Can I fit this last sack?” With Ma on her IG and Pa on his Twitter, They’ll update their close friends through one last newsletter. Frazzled and […]

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The Pink Bike

by Editor on March 1, 2020

by Rebecca Hopkins In April of last year, I moved away from Indonesia—my home of 14 years—and sold almost everything. And so, in June, someone gave me a pink bike. I’m not exactly sure who. My aunt and uncle did the very loving thing of collecting used and new items from their friends to restock […]

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sandals on pavement

My son asked for a poem for Christmas, so I wrote one for him, on the theme of travel. That was fun, so I thought I’d try it again, this time on working cross culturally. Here it is— Hear the call Like St. Paul? Kneel to pray Lots to say Plans unfurled Change the world! […]

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10 Ideas for Your Professional Development

by Amy Young on February 21, 2020

When I was a freshman in college, my university had the in-coming students come a week early for orientation. During that week I attended a campus ministry get-to-know-you event. From the outside there was nothing overtly special about it: picnic in a public park. But did I mention I was in COLLEGE. I was a […]

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by Andrea Sears Finally, what is certainly the longest of the survey report sections is finished: team factors. (You can explore other results from the missionary attrition survey here, here, and here.) These results confirmed that team conflict is a primary factor for attrition, but it is not the primary factor. It is important to […]

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The International Traveler in the Domestic Terminal

by Rachel Pieh Jones on February 12, 2020

*a version of this was first published at Babble, in 2014. When you are the international traveler in the domestic terminal, you look and smell really bad. Everyone else has just come from home or one other connection. You left home twenty-five hours ago and have already endured three or four airports. Your kids are […]

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