July 2020

Coming or Going during Turbulent Times

by Craig Thompson on July 31, 2020

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In October of 2001, my wife and I boarded a flight and moved our family from the US to our new home in Asia. Nearly ten years later, in June of 2011, we moved back to our old home in Joplin, Missouri. Those dates may not jump out at you, but the first was one […]

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COVID 19 is a dirty, rotten criminal. Ironically, not even a smooth one. It sneaked in and no one saw it coming, but it made a bunch of noise and stayed way too long. Got greedy. Got cocky. Thought it could take everything. Got news for you COVID … you don’t get everything. Not even […]

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When Your Story Gets in the Way

by Editor on July 23, 2020

by Rebecca We are our stories. Psychologists like Dan McAdams have been telling us we all have a narrative identity by which we come to terms with society, our past and our future. Missionaries also have a public story we use as we speak at churches, send out newsletters or maintain a blog.  We share […]

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by Naomi Johnston When my husband and I decided we wanted to go and do long term missions we literally had no idea where to start. We had both been on short term mission trips separately, but both of us hadn’t really done anything typical. My husband had gone to Russia and ended up designing […]

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Permission to be a beginner

by Amy Young on July 17, 2020

Today was my fourth day of driving with my recently turned 15-year-old niece. With a few hours of driving together under “our” (this is not the royal we, if you’re teaching new drivers), we were both feeling good about her progress. And then we had three near misses. One in a parking lot with a […]

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God is great and ever so good

by Anisha Hopkinson on July 13, 2020

My friend Barbara wrote to me recently, “God is great and ever so good.” Her words struck me at a particularly vulnerable moment. I found myself repeating her words over and over when fear crept in. I couldn’t predict what I felt was a very fragile future, but I could speak truth over it – […]

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by Alyson Rockhold The brooms in Tanzania start early each day. A familiar “swish, swish, swish” emanates from every house. When I moved here, I was shocked that most women sweep their houses daily and mop the floors three times a week. At first, that routine seemed kind of ridiculous to me. So, I made […]

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Walking alone at a park, a friend of mine saw a woman busily walking towards her, dictating something into her phone. The woman looked earnest and concentrated. She came closer and closer, and as her words became more distinct, my socially-distancing friend heard these slow, simple words: “Sadness is an ocean with nothing in it. […]

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