Faith/Inspiration

Finding Jesus in a Slum

by Editor on March 23, 2021

by Rahma Ten years ago, I moved to Indonesia with one suitcase and a heart full of hope. I planned to live in a slum, learn the language, and seek the Kingdom of Jesus. Of course, the first year had many challenges. There was so much to learn and adjust to: the language, washing clothes […]

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The Reluctant Missionary

by Editor on February 25, 2021

by Shannon Brink Ever think maybe, just maybe, you would be a better missionary if you just weren’t one? I do.   When did this term, this identity, get wrapped up in so many unrealistic expectations? Expectations from generations of history, from sending and receiving agencies, from churches, from supporters, from other missionaries, from Facebook, Lord help […]

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A new answer to an old question

by Amy Young on February 21, 2021

“Are you better?” After two months of being in pain, thinking I had a tear in my left biceps, it was a relief for the doctor to say that I had not torn anything and would not need surgery. My doctor also said that I had probably been doing all of the things I needed […]

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World Events & the Fragility of Goodness

by Marilyn on January 11, 2021

It’s a Monday and depending on where you are in the world, and in what time zone you woke up, you have most likely been assaulted by different headlines around the globe. In Indonesia, divers are still searching wreckage for the tragic air crash that killed all those aboard. Lebanon considers a tighter lockdown as […]

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Let’s Not Put Too Much Hope in 2021

by Amy Medina on December 31, 2020

I can picture the house I was in on New Year’s Eve 1999, but I don’t remember who it belonged to. Which is odd, actually, that I was willing to go to a stranger’s house on the night when we thought the world might end. I guess you do those kinds of wild and crazy […]

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Better Than Potions — A Look at Decision Making

by Editor on December 30, 2020

by Jacqueline Scott How do we decide? Does God just say, “You make the choice…any way you decide, it’s good, as long as you honor Me”?  Or does He sit up there waiting to see if you can figure out what His perfect will is for you or for this situation?  Both paths seem distant […]

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An Invitation to Wonder

by Marilyn on December 11, 2020

won·der /ˈwəndər/noun a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable. We put up our Christmas tree on Saturday. As empty nesters, it’s our tradition to either have any adult kids who happen to be in the area over to help us or, in their absence, invite a friend […]

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Hearing Voices

by Editor on October 30, 2020

by Alyson Rockhold When an email requesting volunteers in Tanzania hit my inbox, it was a knock-you-off-your-horse type moment. Gratefully, God didn’t strike me blind like Paul, but I definitely slid off my chair and onto my knees in recognition of His Voice. I had been studying missions for a year and was consumed with […]

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Why We Need Kindness Right Now

by Editor on October 27, 2020

by Gina Butz Sometimes as I think about this strange season we’re in and how much longer it’s going to be, I wonder how we will get through. What I keep coming back to is this: we need a lot more kindness. We need to be kind to ourselves, and we need to be kind […]

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The Beatitudes for Cross-Cultural Workers

by Marilyn on October 9, 2020

Blessed are the language learners, for theirs is the gift of idioms and verbs, of words and communication. Blessed are the visa holders, for they shall never forget what it is to live as a guest in a country. Blessed are the homesick, for they shall know and understand longing and displacement, the themes of […]

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When God is Disappointing

by Amy Medina on September 2, 2020

The disappointments just keep piling up like dirty laundry in a teenage boy’s bedroom. We were required to leave our overseas home of sixteen years three months early. We didn’t get to say proper good-byes. We finished out the school year in front of screens, including my job as principal. We lived out of suitcases […]

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Imposter Syndrome and the Cross-cultural Worker

by Craig Thompson on August 31, 2020

When I was a young elementary-school student, one of the highlights of my year was going to the store with a teacher-mandated list in hand to buy classroom supplies. Not only was there the possibilities inherent in blank tablets of paper, there was the just-oozing-with-creativity box of brand new Crayola Crayons. Not off-brand crayons, mind […]

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