When You Struggle

Life on Loan

by Anisha Hopkinson on August 13, 2020

This morning the bible app on my phone sent me Matthew 6:34: “So don’t worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will bring its own worries.Today’s trouble is enough for today.” Staring at the screen I thought, “Huh. Well, I don’t have the capacity to worry any more this year anyway.” Not exactly a great spiritual insight, […]

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Decision Making and Transition

by Marilyn on August 9, 2020

In all my years of coming and going, of moving and transition, I’ve never experienced anything like the transition and confusion that the last months of pandemic chaos have brought into our world. Its impossible to quantify the amount of grief and loss that people around the globe and in this community have experienced. I […]

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The Day We Didn’t Go Home

by Jonathan Trotter on August 3, 2020

We were supposed to go home on August 6th. We had tickets and plans, we had dreams and ideas. But when we left Cambodia back in March, we did not have an awareness of how COVID-19 would turn the world upside down. So we’re not flying home on August 6th. As a result of passport […]

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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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COVID 19 is a dirty, rotten criminal. Ironically, not even a smooth one. It sneaked in and no one saw it coming, but it made a bunch of noise and stayed way too long. Got greedy. Got cocky. Thought it could take everything. Got news for you COVID … you don’t get everything. Not even […]

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God is great and ever so good

by Anisha Hopkinson on July 13, 2020

My friend Barbara wrote to me recently, “God is great and ever so good.” Her words struck me at a particularly vulnerable moment. I found myself repeating her words over and over when fear crept in. I couldn’t predict what I felt was a very fragile future, but I could speak truth over it – […]

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Walking alone at a park, a friend of mine saw a woman busily walking towards her, dictating something into her phone. The woman looked earnest and concentrated. She came closer and closer, and as her words became more distinct, my socially-distancing friend heard these slow, simple words: “Sadness is an ocean with nothing in it. […]

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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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by EC Nance April and May are usually a grieving season for mission communities. This year it has been particularly rough. Schools closed without warning. People evacuated with a day’s notice. Graduation ceremonies moved online. Children face the prospect of never seeing friends again, without having done the leave-taking. I wrote the following poem as […]

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The upside down-ness of socially distant life

by Anisha Hopkinson on May 13, 2020

As these last days and weeks have dragged on into months of isolation and distancing, I can’t shake the upside down feeling. Not much is as it should be. My family is out of place and out of sorts. Just this week with slight loosening lock down measures I took my children with me to […]

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