Craig Thompson

Questions about Going, and the Answering Thereof

by Craig Thompson on November 18, 2020

You can learn a lot by asking questions. You can learn a lot by answering them, too. Recently, a young couple came to my wife and me with a list of questions for us. They were trying to figure out how to respond to the stirrings they were feeling about ministry opportunities and wondering if […]

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Paul and the Corbels of Member Care

by Craig Thompson on October 21, 2020

There’s something in architecture called a corbel. Even if you’ve never heard the name before, you’re probably familiar with what it is. A corbel is a bracket, sometimes ornamental, that projects out from a wall, providing support to a structure above. It allows that structure to extend out to where it couldn’t on its own. […]

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Outside the big window There was a buzzing street light And a dripping AC And a confident frog Chirping up in a tree And there were two little boys playing with toys And cars driving by And a jet in the sky And a little dog barking hellos at a stray And a shrill horn […]

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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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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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Share Your Little Vistas

by Craig Thompson on May 29, 2020

flowers in alley

Most countries have their majestic views. They’re the sights that populate Google image results and Pinterest collections. I’m thinking Eiffel Towers and Mount Fujis. In the capital of Taiwan, we could ride the gondola up to the heights of Maokong and gaze at Taipei 101 piercing the skyline  of the city, surrounded by a ring […]

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Oh, the Questions We Hear from Those We Love

by Craig Thompson on April 29, 2020

I saw a headline a couple weeks ago that pressed down on my chest like a heavy stone. It read, “‘Don’t You Love Us?’ Millennials Say Their Parents Are Making Them Feel Guilty for Turning Down Invitations to Come Over for Passover and Easter.” While the lead-in question is directed at young adults, asked by […]

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Last weekend, my wife and I used Facebook to video chat with two of our sons, their wives, and our four little grandkids. That’s what you do when your children are serving in a faraway land. That’s what you do, too, when your children, like ours, are close by but COVID-19 protocols tell you to […]

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sandals on pavement

My son asked for a poem for Christmas, so I wrote one for him, on the theme of travel. That was fun, so I thought I’d try it again, this time on working cross culturally. Here it is— Hear the call Like St. Paul? Kneel to pray Lots to say Plans unfurled Change the world! […]

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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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Newsletters and the People Who Read Them

by Craig Thompson on December 30, 2019

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of readers. . . . Now that we’ve reached the end of 2019, it’s time to work on that end-of-the-year newsletter. Or maybe you’re still working on your November newsletter, or your October newsletter, or even a bi-annual summary—since you missed getting out your 2018 […]

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To a Friend Nine Days before We Fly Out Again

by Craig Thompson on November 29, 2019

Dear friend: I’m so glad we got to say Hi a while back, but sorry we never made it to your house for dinner. When we landed three months ago it seemed like we’d be here forever, but then the time went by so fast. We’re all busy with so many things, and we had […]

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