Practical

What if you used these “7 Household Rules?”

by Amy Young on June 21, 2021

I preached on Sunday about “What does it mean to be the family of God?” In preparation I studied about how family language is used in the Bible; I also pondered how family language forms us. The idea of being siblings (plural) is used more than 150 times and the singular form of a sibling […]

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Imagine this scenario: You get up at 5 am on a Sunday morning. You wake your groggy teenager, who protests loudly and grumpily enough to put everyone in the house in a bad mood. You rush around to get everyone out the door by 6 am so that you can make a two hour drive […]

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You know that feeling? It’s a sick one. In your gut. Sometimes you catch it early. Two minutes down the road on the way to the airport. “Did you pack the swimsuits?” “Yes.” “Socks?” “Yes” “Underwear?” “Yep.” “Boarding passes?” “YES! I got everything ok?!” “Sorry . . . (long pause) . . . passports? “Shoot! Turn around.” […]

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I Could Never Do That

by Amy Medina on May 2, 2021

“I could never do that,” she exclaimed. “But that’s because I have kids.” It was fifteen years ago; I was sitting behind a table at a missions conference, the church members perusing the displays of flags and brochures. She was a young mom, about my age, and was commenting on my husband’s and my decision […]

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Toilets Around the World

by Rachel Pieh Jones on April 15, 2021

Travel for long in any part of the world and you will discover the need for a toilet. The need could be urgent, perhaps caused by Daallo Airlines (the official airline of the Horn of Africa) inter-Africa meals. It could be a run-of-the-mill need, but no matter. You need a bathroom. Or a toilet. Or […]

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by Katie Von Rueden Before my husband and I arrived in West Africa to minister in remote village among a minority people group, it was pretty clear (to us) what we were going to do. We were to be literacy specialists, as our heartfelt prayers had prepared us for, and our degrees had trained us […]

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Do you see missions in your future? Then this is for you.  Right now, you’re just planning, and dreaming, and hoping. But one day it will finally be the right time, and you’ll find yourself filling out an application with a mission organization, packing your bags, and moving overseas. There’s just one thing you might […]

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When in Rome . . . or Santiago or Nairobi or Chiang Mai

by Craig Thompson on March 19, 2021

When in Rome, sometimes we do as the Romans do just to fit in. Sometimes it’s out of necessity. Sometimes it’s because their way is actually better. And sometimes it’s because, well—Why not give it a shot? Has your host culture offered you ways of doing things different from what you’re used to, ways you’ve […]

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To the New Expat…

by Marilyn on March 12, 2021

A few weeks ago, someone who is moving overseas contacted me. This is her first time living overseas, she is going into the unknown, and wants to be as prepared as possible. Here is what I said to her: Dear Lucy (name has been changed) Wow – I’m excited for you and not a little […]

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by Rebecca Hopkins Women may struggle finding their voice in meetings. They may want to grow in their roles, but don’t have anyone willing to mentor them. They may not be considered for high-level management in Christian non-profits. And their work often goes unnoticed and unsupported, particularly when a couple is sharing one support-based salary. […]

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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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You Are Going to Hate It

by Amy Medina on January 31, 2021

You know that country you’ve been dreaming about? The one that you have been praying over and researching? You’ve been talking about it endlessly these days, building a team who will support you when you move there. You are ready to uproot your family, your job, your entire life to pour your soul into the […]

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