April 2020

Oh, the Questions We Hear from Those We Love

by Craig Thompson on April 29, 2020

I saw a headline a couple weeks ago that pressed down on my chest like a heavy stone. It read, “‘Don’t You Love Us?’ Millennials Say Their Parents Are Making Them Feel Guilty for Turning Down Invitations to Come Over for Passover and Easter.” While the lead-in question is directed at young adults, asked by […]


by Alyson Rockhold At the end of last year, my husband and I found ourselves unexpectedly back in the U.S. Our missions agency was in the middle of transferring us from Zambia to South Sudan when instability in the region forced us back home. We had left friends in Zambia believing God was leading us […]


Entitled to Suffer

by Editor on April 21, 2020

by Krista Horn Several years ago, a missionary friend of mine made the difficult decision to leave the mission field because of serious health concerns that couldn’t be addressed in her host country.  She had spent a long time enduring physical suffering and attempting to find answers locally before her condition became so complex and […]


Sources of Stress During COVID-19

by Amy Young on April 19, 2020

It is no surprise to you that COVID-19 is stressful. Yet, I found that simply saying, “This is stressful” wasn’t very helpful. Oh sure, it helped a little, but in the way that eating a bit of chocolate helps me in the moment. Five minutes later, that bit is long gone and fast forgotten. Instead […]


Raising Healthy Third Culture Kids

by Marilyn on April 16, 2020

It was in the fall that I first saw the announcement from Lauren Wells that she would be writing a book about raising third culture kids. Like many TCKs, I get skeptical any time I hear that someone is writing a book about us. But Lauren’s approach and the fact that she herself is a […]


Are You Doing Enough?

by Rachel Pieh Jones on April 15, 2020

My daughter, a freshman in high school, said to me this week, “I don’t feel like I’m being productive right now.” We were on a long walk with our dog because we miss being able to go to the beach during this pandemic and we both wanted to see the water. We walked and talked […]



by Anisha Hopkinson on April 13, 2020

We had a rough year. From running our base on our own to riots in town, we were happy to close the door on 2019. 2020 would be a good year. We had a furlough coming! I couldn’t wait to relax, let down my cultural guard, connect with friends and family, and forgo cooking from […]


Grief at Gethsemane

by Marilyn on April 10, 2020

Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with […]

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The End of All Things

by Jonathan Trotter on April 9, 2020

Darkness and grief, shadow and death The Hope that had been Sags low without breath Weak and alone, absorbing the pain The one who was Love Endures for my gain “Forgive them,” he prays, “Jews, Romans, all!” Redeeming us from our sins and the fall “It’s finished!” he yells For his sons and his daughters […]


For the past few weeks, our minds have all been collectively spinning. Many of us have spent hours wondering and praying, either out loud as we lay in our beds or silently within our own heads, about what we should do. We’ve turned it over and over again in our minds, examining it from every […]