February 2020

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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Reasons to fall in love with serving overseas

by Anisha Hopkinson on February 11, 2020

Last month, I wrote about some of the harder parts of serving overseas. If that post was a downer, this one is all about highs. I’ve fallen in love with serving overseas. Here are some of the reasons why… You get to live a life most others either can’t or won’t. A couple years ago, […]

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On Safety and Sanity

by Marilyn on February 9, 2020

“Safe passage cannot be bought. We have no holy passport to protect us and so we venture forward, fragile maps in hand, flying our banners of courage and of hope.” Call the Midwife, Season 6 When life feels like it is too much, and I can’t make sense of our broken world, I turn to […]

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White Expat Privilege

by Jerry Jones on February 7, 2020

So this happens. A lot. I get into a taxi and say “ni hao” (“hello” in Chinese). The taxi driver’s eyes get wide and he says, “Waaahhh, your Chinese is SO good!” My daughter, on the other hand, could get in the exact same car, with the exact same driver and say the exact same […]

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Sex and the Married Missionary

by Jonathan Trotter on February 4, 2020

We don’t talk about sex very much. Sure, we might joke about it (the first working title for this article was The Missionary Position), but we don’t actually talk about it very much. Truth is, most folks are scared to death to have an honest, non-joking, realistic talk about sex. Maybe with a good friend, […]

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Why I Am I So Surprised When Crisis Strikes?

by Amy Medina on February 3, 2020

These days, I’m tired of being in crisis mode. Seriously, enough already. My husband and I have spent the last two years fretting about visas. We’ve watched our team evaporate, one by one, due to visa issues. A couple of times, my husband got very close to needing to leave the country. For months and […]

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