7 Principles for Ethical Photography as a Global Citizen

by Anna Danforth Photography is a powerful tool to share about life in your host country. Too often, especially in non-profit work, photography has been used in an exploitative and invasive manner. This is usually done to amplify and support the expat’s reason for being overseas. For example, in an effort to establish the need … Continue reading 7 Principles for Ethical Photography as a Global Citizen

How to Talk With Our Children About Abuse of Power Within the Church

NOTE: In choosing to focus this article on abuse of power within the Church, I recognize that I have not addressed every possible instance of abuse. In particular, I am not addressing child sexual abuse. That is a topic which requires very careful and extensive treatment not possible in a short article such as this. … Continue reading How to Talk With Our Children About Abuse of Power Within the Church

Expectations: Future Disappointments, Planned Out in Advance

by Andrea Sears Our perception of an experience can be greatly colored by our expectations. On the one hand, missionaries tend to understand that we must hold any expectations lightly as we travel to live in another country. We know that with so much change in our lives at once, the nature of some of … Continue reading Expectations: Future Disappointments, Planned Out in Advance

What’s on Your Housing Wish List?

by Jacob “Sure it’s got no natural light, but the water supply is good, and look, you even have your own toilet!” A potential landlady was showing us a room that was available for rent. We had just moved back to India from Australia and were getting back into our old roles doing community development … Continue reading What’s on Your Housing Wish List?

A Simple Tool to Increase Stability for TCKs During Transitions

  Seedlings I once took a class about missionary family health. The instructor pulled a seedling from its little terra cotta pot, exposing its threadlike roots. She held it up with two fingers.  “Seedlings are fragile,” she said. “And they’re especially vulnerable when they’re being transplanted. The longer the roots are exposed, the more likely … Continue reading A Simple Tool to Increase Stability for TCKs During Transitions

Beyond Our Comfort Zones

Twelve years ago, I visited Indonesia for the first time. I was a twenty-two-year-old American citizen, freshly graduated from university, filled with hopes and dreams. I visited the Servants to Asia’s Urban Poor team, staying with them in a slum community. And I sensed Jesus inviting me to join them and make my home in … Continue reading Beyond Our Comfort Zones

How to Serve Abroad Without a Savior Complex (an interview with Craig Greenfield)

by Rebecca Hopkins Are you cautious about being a “white savior” but still feel called to be involved in mission work in other cultures? Craig Greenfield’s newest book, Subversive Mission: Serving as Outsiders in a World of Need offers five categories—catalyst, ally, seeker, midwife, and guide—for the outsider who wants to be sensitive to pitfalls … Continue reading How to Serve Abroad Without a Savior Complex (an interview with Craig Greenfield)

I thought I was here to meet people’s physical needs. Jesus showed me I’m here to meet spiritual needs too.

by Joseph “What’s the point in helping people materially if there’s no change spiritually?” Our intern had been observing our work in a north Indian slum for a month or so. His question put words to something that had been bubbling in my subconscious mind for some time. For the past few years I’ve been … Continue reading I thought I was here to meet people’s physical needs. Jesus showed me I’m here to meet spiritual needs too.

Sing Along with Me: How Long?

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Returning to the States after serving overseas was a hard time for my wife and me. We were grieving our losses and were struggling with the difficulties we’d already faced and those we saw ahead. We prayed and prayed but didn’t receive clear direction from God. In our spiritual malaise it was hard to slide … Continue reading Sing Along with Me: How Long?