Faith/Inspiration

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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Love Thy Neighbour (unless they’re obnoxious)

by Anisha Hopkinson on June 12, 2020

You know the good neighbour story Jesus tells about the guy robbed, beaten and left half dead on the side of the road? All these religious types walk on by and he’s eventually helped by an unlikely traveler. Me? Oh you bet I’d stop. It’s like those YouTube videos that pop up in my newsfeed […]

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I’m sitting at my desk in our guest bedroom when the bells from the church across the street begin to ring. They began at eight in the morning and they end at ten at night, giving us a full ten hours without being reminded of the time. This is new for me. While hearing the […]

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What Are You Even Doing Here?

by Editor on May 27, 2020

by Corella Roberts Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, I was a fresh, excited, bi-vocational missionary-teacher in Alaska. I wanted to make a difference. I wanted to partner with God. I wanted to use my gifts and my training and my time to spread the gospel. I wanted to shine His […]

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Since being unexpectedly wrenched from our Tanzanian home a month ago due to COVID-19, my family has been living as vagabonds in California, moving in with various relatives every couple of weeks. (It’s hard to shelter-in-place when you have no home.) This week we’re with some in-laws, and I’ve been walking the neighborhood daily. Whenever […]

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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 […]

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The Pink Bike

by Editor on March 1, 2020

by Rebecca Hopkins In April of last year, I moved away from Indonesia—my home of 14 years—and sold almost everything. And so, in June, someone gave me a pink bike. I’m not exactly sure who. My aunt and uncle did the very loving thing of collecting used and new items from their friends to restock […]

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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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To Know Him in Suffering

by Editor on January 30, 2020

by Rachel E. Hicks Our family recently watched the 2012 film adaptation of one of my favorite stories of all time, Les Miserables. In it, there’s a scene in which the reformed convict Jean Valjean crouches over the sleeping body of Marius, a fresh-faced young man caught between love for Valjean’s daughter and the fervor […]

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The Faith of a Bicycle

by Craig Thompson on January 29, 2020

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When we first moved to Taipei, we lived across the street from a park. One day, I was approached by three college-age students who asked me in English, “Do you know Jesus?” “Yes,” I said. “OK,” they replied. “But do you really know him?” This was a logical question, because while English has the one word […]

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