2020

by Michèle Phoenix My pastor got a car. His van was totaled in a wreck and, just as he and his wife were considering what it would take to finance a new vehicle, someone they know offered them a Volvo. This past Sunday, he spoke with awe in his voice about the miraculous provision for […]

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Stay Connected to God When You Move to the Field

by Amy Young on November 19, 2020

Digging through my memories and as I try to uncover what I anticipated church would look like when I moved to the field, I knew that my teammates and I wouldn’t often go to a public church. That’s about it. Looking back, I can see that I forgot to imagine what we would do for church. […]

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Questions about Going, and the Answering Thereof

by Craig Thompson on November 18, 2020

You can learn a lot by asking questions. You can learn a lot by answering them, too. Recently, a young couple came to my wife and me with a list of questions for us. They were trying to figure out how to respond to the stirrings they were feeling about ministry opportunities and wondering if […]

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The Expat Cookbook

by Rachel Pieh Jones on November 16, 2020

I made another cookbook and it is specially designed for us, for expatriates. I know we all have cookbooks and the internet and who needs another one. But this one is special. It is designed with us in mind. Expats. People who travel and move and go places and who love people on all sides of […]

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by Lauren Wells A couple years ago, my husband, myself, and our two kids traveled to the Midwest to visit family and attend the wedding of a good college-friend of ours. The wedding took place near where my husband and I both went to university, and this was my first time back to that place […]

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A Global Pandemic and Lives Interrupted

by Marilyn on November 8, 2020

In our house we have a saying. “Don’t speak while I’m interrupting!” Other people don’t find it quite as funny as we do. We are a family of interrupters, none worse than me and my husband. Sometimes I wonder if that statement is what God might say to me with a gentle grin as he […]

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I Never Thought I Would Miss the Spiders

by Amy Medina on November 1, 2020

Earlier this year, my kids and I were still in Tanzania, and while driving home, we stopped at a roadside fruit stand.  I asked for a huge bunch of bananas, handed the seller my money, and she passed the bananas through the window to my pre-teen son, sitting in the passenger seat. This was routine; […]

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Hearing Voices

by Editor on October 30, 2020

by Alyson Rockhold When an email requesting volunteers in Tanzania hit my inbox, it was a knock-you-off-your-horse type moment. Gratefully, God didn’t strike me blind like Paul, but I definitely slid off my chair and onto my knees in recognition of His Voice. I had been studying missions for a year and was consumed with […]

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Why We Need Kindness Right Now

by Editor on October 27, 2020

by Gina Butz Sometimes as I think about this strange season we’re in and how much longer it’s going to be, I wonder how we will get through. What I keep coming back to is this: we need a lot more kindness. We need to be kind to ourselves, and we need to be kind […]

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Caring for TCKs During Covid

by Editor on October 23, 2020

by Lauren Wells Back when COVID first began to wreak havoc on the lives of expat families with whom I work, I put together a spontaneous video series. I had talked through the same points, concepts, and answered the same questions with many families in those early weeks of quarantine and decided it would be […]

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Paul and the Corbels of Member Care

by Craig Thompson on October 21, 2020

There’s something in architecture called a corbel. Even if you’ve never heard the name before, you’re probably familiar with what it is. A corbel is a bracket, sometimes ornamental, that projects out from a wall, providing support to a structure above. It allows that structure to extend out to where it couldn’t on its own. […]

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Watching what I invest in evaporate

by Amy Young on October 18, 2020

On of my favorite things to look for in Chinese parks are the men (it’s almost always men) who write poetry on the sidewalk using a large sponge calligraphy brush: It’s beautiful, living art. It’s social with people hanging around and chatting about the stroke order, the ability of the writer, the words written. It’s also […]

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