New Year

How to do a Visual Examen for the New Year

by Editor on January 6, 2020

by Sara Simons Whenever I prepare for a new year ahead, I find I long for a well-wrapped-up and understood year of learning behind me. When I was a child, my mom suggested a tradition from her childhood for New Year’s Eve – ripping up the previous year’s calendar. It felt bold! I loved the […]

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Why Beginnings Matter

by Amy Young on September 18, 2019

I had flown to China before, but that was always with a return ticket. When I moved to China, my ticket was one-way. Back in the day, smoking was allowed on the flights. I was on a Chinese based airline and I began to understand some of the changes I was in for when the […]

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What Does God Want From Me?

by Abby Alleman on December 28, 2017

  I swayed back and forth perched on the swing. Looking out from the hilly courtyard of my flat, I could see the tall cement apartment complexes. They represented tens of thousands of people who needed to hear about Jesus. Just beyond what I could see, was a city of two million. The vast majority […]

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Missionaries are experts in high expectations.  I mean, who else has a job like this?  Most of us went through a stringent interview process just to get here.  Pages of applications, hours of interviews, weeks of training, our references were asked for more references.  We are held up as examples of godliness.  We have high […]

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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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When the Straight & Narrow Isn’t

by Jonathan Trotter on January 1, 2015

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My parents had their life all mapped out, and then their baby was born with chromosomal abnormalities and died at home, surrounded by tubes and oxygen tanks, only a month old. As a teenager, I had my life pretty well planned out (get my pilot’s license, be Nate Saint). But then my mom got cancer […]

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Reminiscing and Dreaming

by Editor on January 2, 2013

Today’s guest post comes from missionary mom Shannon Kelley. Here, Shannon shares a practical idea for being intentional as family as we leave last year behind and look forward to the New Year. ********* I’m a big fan of the New Year. There is something hopeful and exciting about it. I love reminiscing over the past […]

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