Suffering

The Shame of AIDS

by Chris Lautsbaugh on October 18, 2013

By: Anthony Easton

One of the leading issues in many of the nations we live and work in is HIV/AIDS. The statistics from South Africa on this issue are shocking.  Conservative estimates place infection rates at 10% of the nation, or over 5 million cases. You would assume with these facts, the signs of this disease would be […]

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Ice-Cream Theology

by Angie Washington on September 30, 2013

ice cream at frozz

Statistics show that the majority of people die.  This is an undisputed fact. Yet fear of death is one of the top phobias of the human race. According to Jerry Seinfeld it ranks right after fear of public speaking. Consult with wikipedia and you will find fear of death a bit farther down on the […]

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The Story Behind the Statistics

by Chris Lautsbaugh on September 23, 2013

By: DFID - UK Department for International Development

As missionaries, we often report statistics as a way of conveying the impact we are having. Numbers of salvations, people taught, clinics opened, or people rescued from the evils of society. Behind these numbers are people, stories, and often difficulties. One the people we’ve been training, recently had an interesting situation which drove this reality […]

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Storytelling

by Tara Livesay on June 3, 2013

Troy

  As I interact with the precious people of the island I inhabit, and as I build relationships and get to know women on deeper levels, something unusual and confusing happens in my heart and mind. I find that I want to honor and remember every last detail of every story shared with me – […]

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Breakfast with Gracia Burnham

by Angie Washington on March 9, 2013

I arrived at the restaurant way too early and waited in the foyer Wednesday morning.  Part of me still expected her to show up with an entourage.  A driver and bodyguard at least!  She is that much of a rock star to me. Over a decade ago Gracia Burnham, author of ‘In the Presence of […]

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In the Presence of My Enemies {Giveaway}

by Angie Washington on February 19, 2013

You can win one of 3 hardcover books sent to ANYWHERE in the world! How far does your forgiveness reach? That was the question pulsating in my heart as I read the harrowing true story of Gracia and Martin Burnham, ‘In the Presence of My Enemies’. During my first year in Bolivia, Gracia became a […]

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Beyond Culture Shock: Culture Pain, Culture Stripping

by Rachel Pieh Jones on January 4, 2013

Expatriates are told to prepare for Culture Shock and expect to experience it within their first year. But what about after that year? What about after seven years? Nine? Fifteen? What about the frustrations and tears, hurt and stress, internal (or external) cries for ‘home’? What about those days when you will do anything to […]

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

by Rachel Pieh Jones on 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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Acquainted

by Angie Washington on October 13, 2012

They started telling me their stories. We call the orphans of our orphanage the Dreamers. It caught me at the throat when the children decided to speak about their mothers. Pure fantasy spewed from their lips. “My mother brought me a huge cake,” he said with arms extended indicating the enormous dimensions. “My mother is […]

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