January 2020

To Know Him in Suffering

by Editor on January 30, 2020

by Rachel E. Hicks Our family recently watched the 2012 film adaptation of one of my favorite stories of all time, Les Miserables. In it, there’s a scene in which the reformed convict Jean Valjean crouches over the sleeping body of Marius, a fresh-faced young man caught between love for Valjean’s daughter and the fervor […]

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The Faith of a Bicycle

by Craig Thompson on January 29, 2020

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When we first moved to Taipei, we lived across the street from a park. One day, I was approached by three college-age students who asked me in English, “Do you know Jesus?” “Yes,” I said. “OK,” they replied. “But do you really know him?” This was a logical question, because while English has the one word […]

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I Just Don’t Want to Go

by Editor on January 22, 2020

It’s been nearly five years since we accepted the position to serve abroad. We are now in our third year of our second placement and we are in the throes of preparing for our first furlough. By the time we once again step onto U.S. soil, it will have been nearly five years since we […]

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What if 2019 was a disaster?

by Amy Young on January 19, 2020

Earlier this month Global Trellis held six parties (hello time zones, we see you and we will outsmart you!). The parties allowed cross-cultural workers to share parts of a reflection packet for 2019. I hired my niece to help with the admin side of a Facebook Live Party and ten minutes before the first one […]

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When ‘Doing Well’ Means Looking Messy

by Editor on January 17, 2020

by Gina Butz My husband and I are no strangers to new homes. When we move to a new place, we unpack and settle in like we are gunning for a new HGTV show, Instant House. When people share that they still have boxes unpacked after years of living somewhere, I am baffled. Do you […]

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Serving As the Broken

by Rachel Pieh Jones on January 15, 2020

Have you ever noticed that the people the Western church tends to send abroad for service appear to be overwhelmingly healthy? Where I live, I have never met someone living and serving internationally for an NGO, humanitarian organization, or faith-based group who used a wheelchair. I have never met a deaf or blind Christian pastor. […]

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The Harsh Flip Side of Serving Overseas

by Anisha Hopkinson on January 12, 2020

Those of us who live and serve overseas have a lot to be excited about. We experience many unforgettable, life shaping moments. It’s just that these great moments come with a pretty harsh flip side. If you’re considering moving overseas and are caught up in the excitement, or perhaps already are overseas and feeling a […]

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Living Borrowed Lives

by Marilyn on January 10, 2020

“A Syrian painter recently told me that we all have a map in our bodies, composed of the places we have lived, that we are constantly in the process of redrawing. A street from our childhood might be traversed by a train car in which we once fell in love. A garden from a year […]

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How to do a Visual Examen for the New Year

by Editor on January 6, 2020

by Sara Simons Whenever I prepare for a new year ahead, I find I long for a well-wrapped-up and understood year of learning behind me. When I was a child, my mom suggested a tradition from her childhood for New Year’s Eve – ripping up the previous year’s calendar. It felt bold! I loved the […]

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The Hardest Thing About Living Overseas

by Editor on January 2, 2020

by Anna Glenn People often ask me what the hardest thing about living in West Africa is. Is it being away from family and friends? Is it the “strange” food, specifically the lack of cheese and bacon? Is it the bad roads? The unstable electricity? The lack of clean drinking water in your faucet? The […]

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