Faith/Inspiration

Sorry Kids, It’s Not Your Best Life

by Editor on April 29, 2019

by Nicolette A common caption for pictures on my Instagram feed is something along the lines of “she’s living her best life” accompanied by an adorable shot of a toddler cuddling her puppy or a little boy with an infectious grin covered head to toe in mud. Sometimes I can just smile at the cuteness, […]

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A Book is Born: Serving Well is now available!

by Elizabeth Trotter on April 23, 2019

Jonathan and I are thrilled to introduce you to our new book, Serving Well. It is our deepest hope that this 400+ page book will encourage and equip cross-cultural folks through the various seasons of life and ministry. It’s available on Amazon here. If you’re in the States, our publisher is also selling the book […]

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Smoke and Onions

by Editor on March 25, 2019

by Emily Raan Today it was smoke and onions. A few months ago it was reading hard, real, and desperately sad books based on true stories. Don’t get me wrong, I hate the smell of our neighbors’ burning trash. And the five onions I just got done cutting up are certainly not a bed of […]

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Upside Down Dependency

by Rachel Pieh Jones on March 15, 2019

Humanitarians often talk about the issue of dependency and how to avoid creating it. The whole: teach a person to fish scenario. What if the conversation is backward? What if the person at risk of developing the dependency is the humanitarian? Humanitarians need the local person to be needy. We need a job, we need […]

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Take Heart, Weary Servant

by Craig Greenfield on March 5, 2019

The battle is real – compassion fatigue, backstabbing, lack of breakthroughs. And that’s just on Twitter. Ministry life can be even more brutal. Especially if you’re engaged in ministry amongst people who are hurting – which is almost anyone in ministry, right? They hurt. We get hurt helping them. We hurt ourselves – and others. […]

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When the Thief Steals

by Jonathan Trotter on March 3, 2019

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” ~ Jesus Thieves steal. Sometimes the impact is NOW; you know it immediately and you feel it deeply. Other times, it takes some time; the bomb’s on a delay. And then it […]

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Why Don’t We Retreat?

by Danielle Wheeler on February 28, 2019

We have an invitation for you today.   Ruth Haley Barton recommends that people in ministry have a spiritual retreat once a month to stay spiritually healthy. Everyone needs spiritual retreat, but when your life is about pouring out in ministry to others, you need a frequent rhythm of retreat to fill you up. She […]

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When Self-Discovery Becomes Self-Worship

by Editor on February 19, 2019

by Josiah Dangers “What’s your Enneagram number?” “What’s your Meyers-Briggs code?” “What are your top five on Strengthsfinder?” …DISC? …Hammer or duct tape? …Beaver or Golden Retriever? …Which Disney Princess are you? … Marvel villain? …Pokemon character? Can soul-care become idolatry? Can self-discovery become self-worship? In the contemporary Church and in missions, we spend an […]

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When Life Gives You a Chicken

by Editor on January 21, 2019

by Emily Raan The day started out so normal. The kids even slept in! Leftover-rice porridge for breakfast and then off to town for some quick shopping. “Quick shopping” quickly turned into two hours, while we made connections with our friends around town. One man, in particular, stood out. He somehow had lost, or possibly […]

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Welcoming Broken Missionaries Back

by Editor on January 16, 2019

John Chau’s death in November raised a complicated and important conversation about the role of Christian evangelism. I’m going to let that debate rage on Twitter and the New York Times and the Failed Missionary podcast. I want to launch a different conversation. I believe Chau’s dream, work, and death forces the church to consider […]

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Into the Battle

by Anisha Hopkinson on January 14, 2019

I recently watched a video of a talk we gave on our last furlough. For an entire hour we shared with our home church all the glorious things we witnessed during our first term overseas. Bible translation projects were completed. For the first time in history believers had written songs to their Creator in their […]

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10 Life Lessons That Leading Worship 600 Times Taught Me

by Jonathan Trotter on January 4, 2019

It just sort of happened. As a teenager growing up in an a cappella church with an a cappella youth group, I sang a lot. In a non-instrumental church, any guy who can loosely carry a tune will be asked to carry that tune. And so I was. Over and over. And over. No guitar […]

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