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25 Kilo Turkeys and Cultural Humility

by Marilyn on November 24, 2014

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We bought a turkey on Saturday – an almost 23 pounder, with no additives and gluten free (really — they had to tell us it was gluten free? Aren’t all turkeys gluten free?)  As this time of the year comes around I think of Thanksgivings we have spent all over the world and all across […]

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What’s Your Name? On Adopting Local Names

by Rachel Pieh Jones on November 14, 2014

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I moved to Somaliland and when people first heard my name they wanted to know why I had man’s name. “Why is your name Rashid? You aren’t a man. Are you a man?” Eventually I got tired of explaining that I was, indeed, a woman, despite all nomenclature to the contrary. Someone suggested I needed […]

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Four Things You Could Do

by Tara Livesay on September 1, 2014

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There is no shortage of  instructions on the interweb. In any given month it is quite likely you will be instructed on multiple topics.  The list could include:  Ten things not to say to your single friends Five things Christians should stop saying Ten things for a healthy marriage. Five reasons your teen is rebelling. […]

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Cultural Immersion Checklist

by Angie Washington on June 27, 2014

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How many can you check? Congratulate yourself for where you are at! 1. Attempt to learn the local language 2. Take public transportation 3. Buy food where the majority buys their food 4. Attend a typical wedding 5. Attend a typical funeral 6. Attend a typical birthday party 7. Visit a government office 8. Acquire […]

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Reflections of God

by Chris Lautsbaugh on April 11, 2014

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Many times in missions, we speak of the difficulties with greater frequency than the good things. We talk about racism. We speak of our various phases of culture shock. Stories of being hurt by those we work with abound. Even at times, we venture into difficult topics like trauma or loss. What of the positive? […]

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Third Culture Kids in the World of Faith

by Editor on April 7, 2014

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By Cindy Brandt Every person in the congregation put their right hand over their chest and started reciting something in unison. Like having discovered I was driving on the wrong side of the road, I frantically tried to make the correction and catch on to the protocol. Rather panicked, I looked to my American husband […]

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A New Racism

by Chris Lautsbaugh on March 18, 2014

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Anyone working in missions will come face to face with the reality of racism at some point. Historically it has been an issue of skin color. In most nations black was wrong and white was right. I live and work in South Africa. Perhaps there has never been a nation where racism was more evident […]

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Cigarettes, Multiple Wives, and Loving Jesus

by Angie Washington on March 4, 2014

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Imagine a man native to the region where you live. He gets Jesus. Grows. Starts a church. It flourishes. The dozens become hundreds. Your little missionary heart bursts with pride to see this man so successful. The church secretary and the volunteers overlook his hot temper and his prejudice towards people of a certain skin […]

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A Cautionary Tale: Expats & Expets (What not to do)

by Tara Livesay on February 10, 2014

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This month I’m writing in the air while I fly away from my island home. My feet will touch the ground in five cities today before I arrive at my final destination. Leaving the kids and the work behind, of course my mind is filled with all sorts of ‘A Life Overseas’ things, but I […]

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Disappointed by A National

by Chris Lautsbaugh on January 24, 2014

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If you have been in missions any length of time, you have experienced disappointment with a national person you’ve trusted. It’s not a question of if, but when. Someone will break your trust, they might steal from you, or worse. I know of national workers who were entrusted with a ministry only to overthrow the […]

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The Signs of Christmas

by Chris Lautsbaugh on December 24, 2013

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What are the signs which point to Christmas coming? In every culture there are different visuals which alert us to the coming of this holiday season. When I first moved to South Africa, Christmas snuck up on me because I did not see the normal American signs. Once I learned the new signs, I could […]

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O Holy Night

by Tara Livesay on December 13, 2013

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Every direction you turn, images of Christmas are evident.You need not look far to find beautiful and thoughtful displays, tastefully decorated homes with glowing trees, and rows and rows of symmetrical twinkling lights. Step into one of these homes and the warm fire will greet you as you breathe in fresh scents of pine and […]

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