hope

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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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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Hope as the Church’s Long Game

by Editor on May 4, 2020

by Jacob Sims March 21, 2020 – It’s a beautiful morning as the sun rises over Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The predictably sweltering heat and sticky humidity are not quite yet descended on the city as I make my way across Sihanoukville Boulevard just east of Independence Monument.  In a mere 10-minute walking commute to work […]

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Despair is Where Hope is Born

by Jonathan Trotter on May 2, 2018

Sometimes I get tired of talking about sad things. Sometimes I want to talk about peace and love and joy. So recently, when I was asked to join two other speakers in presenting on the theme, “Emotions in the Psalms,” I asked if I could do something on the happy side. I’m tired of talking […]

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On Fundamental Sadness and the Deeper Magic

by Jonathan Trotter on October 25, 2017

Some call it pessimism. Unspiritual. A sickness best treated with peppy music and cliché-riddled Christianese. They caution and guard against sadness, considering it a rabbit hole (or a worm hole) leading nowhere good. Others call it holy. Jeremiah-ish. Defending it with the label of realism – open eyes that see things as they truly are. […]

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When God is Too Late

by Editor on March 24, 2017

By Erica Mbasan I spent a lot of time thinking that I somehow missed something, because I was single longer than all of my family and friends. I had a failed engagement and I lived in such an obscure place, I thought that it was too late for me. I was looking at others, comparing […]

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Hope Chases Us

by Lisa McKay on August 30, 2016

hope chases us

More than a decade ago now, my husband, Mike, spent almost two years working in Uganda. During that time, Mike was shadowed for a week by a National Geographic photographer as he went about his work. When the issue came out, the online feature was titled Hope in Hell: The reach of humanitarian aid. One […]

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When the Mission Field Comes to You

by Chris Lautsbaugh on June 29, 2016

While rounding a corner on a run in the United States the other day, I came across a Muslim women clad in a headdress and robes. I could see her cower off the sidewalk a bit as this white, American man came plodding her way in middle America. You could sense her apprehension and read […]

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When the lights go out

by Elizabeth Trotter on May 23, 2016

I want to do all the things. All the very good things there are to do in this world. So I overcommit myself. I don’t say “no.” I say “yes” instead, and spread myself too thin. Then my soul suffers. My work suffers. My sanity suffers. My family life suffers. My spiritual life suffers. I […]

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I Believe, Help My Unbelief

by Chris Lautsbaugh on December 30, 2015

In work, ministry, and life we all experience frequent seasons when things don’t work out quite the way we had hoped. In missions, our internal dialogues consist of “Am I making a difference?” or “Will these things ever change?” When we are trusting for provision, for a breakthrough in our health, or seeing a life […]

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When You Have to Wash Seven Times

by Editor on June 25, 2015

By Erin Duplechin I was a city girl dropped suddenly into the jungle. It was 2013, the hardest year of my life. Our family of four had packed up and moved to Papua New Guinea and the transition hadn’t gone smoothly. In addition to the two little people who depended on me for everything, culture […]

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Ever Becoming – One Word 365

by Alece Ronzino on January 11, 2015

Ever becoming

We are so grateful to have Alece Ronzino join us again this year. Alece is well-known to many of us in her work to both free and challenge us by inviting us to pick just one word to guide the year. While lengthy resolutions often spell defeat, one word can impact us in ways we can’t […]

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