Fighting Fear: Peace Like A River

by Lisa McKay December 17, 2012

Last month I wrote about how much I miss the promise and illusion of safety the developed world offers when my baby is sick over here in Laos. I know, however, that the fears that underpin my longings aren’t caused by living in Laos. They are only magnified. This month I thought I’d take another […]

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Sunday’s Inspiration

by Editor December 16, 2012

Dear Jesus, It’s a good thing you were born at night. This world sure seems dark. I have a good eye for silver linings. But they seem dimmer lately. These killings, Lord. These children, Lord. Innocence violated. Raw evil demonstrated. The whole world seems on edge. Trigger-happy. Ticked off. We hear threats of chemical weapons […]

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The Song that Made Them Stand

by Laura Parker December 14, 2012

Generations collide on the mission field today, like they do all over the world, I guess. The differences in the ways we view the world, the way we do life, the way we engage in other cultures can be leagues apart from those 25 years older, or younger, than ourselves. And oftentimes an error the […]

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Pianos Aren’t in the Bible

by Angie Washington December 12, 2012

You can find verses about stringed instruments. There’s stuff about joyful noises and music. But you go ahead and try to find mention of a piano in your bible. Not gonna happen, my friend. Water purification systems aren’t in the bible either. Neither are AIDS prevention programs. Not a mention of slave trafficking awareness. You’re […]

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My Job Description

by Michele Perry December 10, 2012

The trees.  They know how to lift their arms to heaven and let go. Autumn comes late to Florida. All the way in early December.  I watch the old season as it turns gold, catches flame and surrenders to the wind.  Our autumn comes in an instant and usually lasts less than a week.  It […]

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Sunday’s Inspiration

by Editor December 9, 2012

Helen H. Lemmel’s chorus in her well known hymn gives us pause today. Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face, And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, In the light of His glory and grace. The first part of chapter 12 of Hebrews as heard through the voice of […]

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Missionaries as Human Traffickers?

by Laura Parker December 8, 2012

If you’ve read here for any amount of time and clicked on a few links, you’ll know that I am passionate about the injustices of modern day slavery. You’ll have read that my husband has been an undercover investigator into brothels and that we now work full-time promoting rescue efforts in SE Asia. Which is […]

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Politics: Always great dinner conversation

by Justin Schneider December 7, 2012

Only a month ago, the United States completed the most expensive, (seemingly) longest election season ever.  If you thought you could avoid this through international living, I hate to burst your bubble, but it just gets more complicated. In this blog post I want to make a few practical recommendations on how to handle politics […]

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The Beast of Culture Shock

by Laura Parker December 6, 2012

Culture Shock can be a beast. It can be an unexpected, slow drain that leaves you stressed and angry without really knowing why. This culture shock typically hits hardest during the first year of living overseas, but it can creep back in unexpectedly after a furlough or a vacation or even 6 straight hours at […]

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Why I Will Not Say “I Never Made a Sacrifice”

by Rachel Pieh Jones December 4, 2012

Hudson Taylor said it, David Livingstone said it. “I never made a sacrifice.” A life spent as a foreigner, away from traditional comforts, away from family and home country, a life of talking about Jesus, in these men’s opinions was no sacrifice. While I understand the sentiment and the faith-filled valor behind it, I respectfully […]

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When Your Missionary Teen Struggles

by Editor December 3, 2012

Today’s guest post comes from missionary mom Colleen Mitchell. Here, Colleen talks honestly about the struggle of watching a teenager battle isolation overseas. ****** I have often written about how one of my greatest struggles in living life as a missionary is a battle with loneliness. After nearly a year in our current mission, I […]

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Sunday’s Inspiration

by Editor December 2, 2012

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to Me. Get away with Me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with Me and work with Me— watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting […]

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