Abby Alleman

Does Forgiveness Seem Impossible?

by Abby Alleman on December 12, 2018

“Forgiveness is the name of love practiced among people who love poorly. The hard truth is that all people love poorly. We need to forgive and be forgiven every day, every hour increasingly. That is the great work of love among the fellowship of the weak that is the human family.” ― Henri J.M. Nouwen We […]

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Can Prayer Really Move Mountains?

by Abby Alleman on September 28, 2018

Do you answer ‘yes’ to the above question? Or, if you are honest, do you say ‘no’? We know what God says–to call out to Him always. He says to come before Him alone and with others. He promises again and again to hear and do amazing things in our lives and the world. Yet, […]

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When We Hurt Those We Love Most

by Abby Alleman on June 29, 2018

  I lay prostrate on the hardwood floor of our Budapest flat. I was pounding my fist and screaming unintelligible things as I lost my struggle with hyper-mania (a symptom of bipolar disorder). My children had been taken to a friend’s house. But not before they heard me shouting at their father. My husband found […]

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Who Are ‘The Least of These’?

by Abby Alleman on March 29, 2018

  If I close my eyes, her vivid image appears. She sits, destitute, outside the SPAR supermarket. Skin wrinkled and leather-like, she has been in the sun too long. Her life has become reduced to a tiny meal here. Perhaps there is a smoke there.  And, in the end, a cup of cold water? Her […]

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What Does God Want From Me?

by Abby Alleman on December 28, 2017

  I swayed back and forth perched on the swing. Looking out from the hilly courtyard of my flat, I could see the tall cement apartment complexes. They represented tens of thousands of people who needed to hear about Jesus. Just beyond what I could see, was a city of two million. The vast majority […]

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Support Teams, Vulnerability and Applause?

by Abby Alleman on September 28, 2017

My hands are shaking in a jerky vibration. My legs are unsteady as they threaten to give way. There are one hundred people in front of me. It is a group from a church which has just begun to support our ministry. My husband just introduced me. Now they are waiting to hear a part […]

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Do You Know Your Host Nation?

by Abby Alleman on June 30, 2017

I sat along the edge of the Danube river. It was a cool, gray day. I was scratching out thoughts with pen and paper when I stopped and really saw them. The Shoes on the Danube Bank. Metal, weathered reminders of World War II when the people, mostly Jewish, who after being ordered to take […]

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When I Failed At Missions

by Abby Alleman on February 23, 2017

The whisper of summer breeze caresses my face as I perch on the concrete steps of New Creation Lutheran Church. This has become a daily meeting hour. After dinner, my fellow team members and I linger outside with the neighborhood kids. They’ll pop wheelies, zig-zag on skateboards or just sit and chat. Some days the […]

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Come As You Are

by Abby Alleman on November 28, 2016

Last year, my friend told me how she loved my ‘come as you are’ way of being with others. The phrase made me stop and think about what she meant. I knew she was saying something significant. In Matthew 11 Jesus talks about how he receives us. Here is the Message version: 28-30 “Are you tired? […]

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The Mother of Modern Missions?

by Abby Alleman on August 26, 2016

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It was a Sunday morning. Sunshine filtered through the rose trellis by Lake Balaton. I stilled my heart and reflected upon the message I had just heard. Three pioneers of the faith were highlighted. One of them was William Carey, considered ‘the father of modern missions’. When talking about his home life, it was said […]

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So, it’s been a heavy year. There’s been a lot of tears and raw grief. There’s been a lot of therapy and the chance to heal in healthy relationships. Right now, there’s a season of counseling aimed at dealing with the trauma in my life. Yes, heavy, I know. Which is why my soul has […]

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On Staying, Leaving, And Which Is Harder

by Abby Alleman on February 23, 2016

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  I lie in a hospital bed. Tubes run in and through me. Though I remember that I am in the hospital, I do not know why I am in the ICU of Szent Imre Korhaz.  It is morning.  The light glides over my bed, streaming through tall glass windows as it bounces off the […]

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