Practical

The sword hangs by a thread, suspended above the throne, pointing down. Threatening. One strand of horsehair, fastened to the pommel, is strong enough. Barely. One breeze, one bit of weakening fiber, and death is certain. And so, no matter how powerful the king becomes, no matter how many successes he has, the sword remains […]

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Cross-Cultural Economics

by Editor on July 30, 2019

by Heather Pubols About a week after my husband and I moved to Kenya in 2009 I took my first real trip through the grocery store to look for items that I needed for our home. The store near where we lived had an amazing variety! You could buy everything from a loaf of bread […]

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How to Fall in Love With Normal Life Again

by Editor on July 26, 2019

by Kris Gnuse I got off the plane and stepped out into the height of rainy season. The hard stuff struck me like the honeymoon glow of language school blowing its first transformer. Mold in full bloom on our car seats and furniture. Trash scattered on the streets. The cramped feel of our house after […]

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by Natalie Arauco I did it! I remember the adrenaline burning through my veins four years ago. I had made it through missions training. I had asked and received 100% support from different churches and families. I had bought my one-way ticket, stuffed my two suitcases to 48 and 49 pounds exactly and had said […]

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9 Ways MKs Can Navigate Their Grief

by Editor on June 21, 2019

by Michèle Phoenix Someone asked me, recently, why there is such an emphasis on grief and loss in my speaking on MK topics. The answer is simple: they are highly influential emotions experienced by a majority of MKs. A young man named Muki, who recently transitioned back to his passport country, articulated it best: I’ve […]

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Expatriate, Immigrant, Racist?

by Rachel Pieh Jones on June 18, 2019

I’ve always assumed I’m an expatriate (this is not an ex-patriot or an ex-pat or an ex-patriate). A few years ago an article called this into question, and the conversation is ongoing. The Guardian published Why are white people expats when the rest of us are immigrants? I regularly hear from people concerned that I call […]

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by Bernie Anderson White Subarus and silver Toyotas back out of their respective driveways, plodding their way to respective workplace destinations. I don’t know where. Department stores, manufacturing plants, and office buildings with cubicles.   I wonder how many of these folks love what they do? That could be me. I sit on the borrowed […]

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By Robynn Bliss & Marilyn Gardner For Muslims around the world, the holy month of Ramadan ended on Monday night. Here in Kurdistan the excitement as the month ended was palpable. Loud chanting at 4:30 in the morning from the mosque next door marked the end of the fast and the beginning of the feast. […]

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Selfies and the Short Term Mission Trip

by Editor on June 3, 2019

by Simon Is it possible that our Christian service can become, albeit inadvertently, about us, rather than for others? In an era where selfies–often polished to perfection–rule the roost, is our identity rooted in our selves or still immersed in Christ? How do we avoid the pitfall of making it about us rather than others? […]

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I can’t remember when Jonathan and Elizabeth Trotter first entered my online writing life. Perhaps it was when the former ALOS site founder and I were discussing one of their posts, perhaps it was before – no matter, at some point I realized that our online friendship had become one that I looked to for […]

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It’s hot season here in Southeast Asia. It’s also there’s-not-enough-power-and-water-to-go-around season. It’s odd to have a full day with water and power and sanity. Now, I know the audience here understands what I’m talking about. Some of you are roughing it WAY more than we are, and some of you aren’t. But you know, I’m […]

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What to Know Before You Go

by Amy Medina on May 1, 2019

Let’s say you are boarding a transatlantic flight and hear, “Good morning, ladies and gentlemen; this is your pilot speaking. I’m 21 years old, and I’m excited to tell you that this is my first commercial flight! But don’t you worry; I’ve flown my Daddy’s crop duster at least a half dozen times. What I […]

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