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by Natalie Arauco In a world of chaos, what are we supposed to do about rest?  We look around us at all the need and work that should be done. Rest just doesn’t seem like an option, especially for those of us in full time ministry. So, we push it off again and again until […]

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Ouch! I think I strained my life!

by Jonathan Trotter on October 3, 2019

You know what I’m talking about, right? The moment it catches up to you (mid-thirties, usually) and you realize you’re going to have to stop and get gas. I bent over to field a grounder and couldn’t walk for 3 days. I sneezed too enthusiastically and my neck wasn’t right for a week. Or I […]

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Death is right around the corner. So live!

by Jonathan Trotter on May 31, 2018

I’ve always thought like this. I’ve always believed my life was going to be very short. Nearly every time I publish an article or preach a sermon, I think, “Well, I said it, I guess I can die now.” I don’t have a desire to die, it’s just that I live with a gut-level realization […]

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Check out this collection of our most-read articles

by Jonathan Trotter on April 5, 2018

Consider this the Table of Contents for a book on missions, cross-cultural living, grief, TCKs, MKs, missiology, common pitfalls, transition, short-term missions, relating to senders, and a whole lot more. I figured it was time to compile our most-read posts and present them to you, organized by topic. So here they are, 85 of our […]

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7 Signs You Need a Sabbath Break

by Editor on October 11, 2017

By Karis Piawong There’s a race that we inevitably sign up for when we answer the call to mission work. Whether we like running or not, we find ourselves a part of a marathon. The race goes on for many years, and it’s all GO, GO, GO. We are careful to live as good Christians. […]

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Regarding Burnout (and some ideas for avoiding it)

by Elizabeth Trotter on March 31, 2017

Last year I flirted with burnout. I was camping out along its edges, and I didn’t even know it. Only after some conversations with my husband and with a spiritual director, did I recognize what was going on and how I’d been complicit in my own spiritual sickness. These are the things I’m doing to […]

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Living Well Abroad: 4 Areas to Consider

by Jonathan Trotter on March 6, 2017

My day job here in Cambodia is serving as a pastoral counselor. In a typical week, I meet with clients from Asia, the Americas, Australia, Europe, and occasionally Africa. And whether these clients are missionaries, NGO workers, or international business people, they’re all trying to figure out how to live well here. In Cambodia. I […]

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Let me tell you about Kassiah Jones

by Elizabeth Trotter on April 25, 2016

This month my husband and I took our kids to the local home school co-op’s spring performance. Some of our friends were in the play. It was called “The Race” and was an original play based loosely on the story of “The Tortoise and the Hare.” Every character in this play was modeled after an […]

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Rest. To Love.

by Jonathan Trotter on January 3, 2016

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I’m trying to practice what I preach. I’m trying to remember my own advice. Oh, and I’m trying to transition back to life in Cambodia after a few months in the States. So yeah, let me remind myself (and you too, if you’re still reading): Rest. To Love. You want to love people well? You […]

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margin: the wasted space we desperately need

by Jonathan Trotter on July 16, 2015

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“Staying alive is not about how fast or how slow you go; it’s about how much margin you have.” That’s what a friend of mine here in Cambodia says when asked about how to not die while riding motorcycles in our little corner of Asia. And since he’s been riding and racing motorcycles since before […]

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Encountering God: A Tale of Two Bushes

by Craig Thompson on July 15, 2015

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I want to hear God. I want to know his specific will for my life. I want him to tell me what to do next. I want . . . A Burning Bush It worked for Moses. When he was on Mt. Horeb and saw the bush that burned but didn’t burn up, he went over to get a […]

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How to Find Refreshment on the Field

by Danielle Wheeler on March 24, 2015

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Today we are excited to have Danielle Wheeler from Velvet Ashes share an opportunity for women in the ALOS community. Danielle has written for ALOS before and knows well the joys and challenges of a life overseas. ************ I was beginning to believe it was impossible.  Finding refreshment and renewal where I lived felt almost laughable. Alone […]

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