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Discipleship + Thanksgiving

By Abby S on July 5, 2020 Track: Teaching Region: Asia - South East

This is a study on 1 & 2 Thessalonians that I created that focuses on the ideas of discipleship and thanksgiving. Both ideas are key in being a follower of Christ. This study is designed to equip believers not only in discipleship relationships, but in learning to give thanks in all circumstances. Always giving thanks and being constant in prayer is foundational for being an effective “disciple maker” and servant of Christ Jesus. I hope this resource is a helpful resource for you! 1 Thessalonians: Background Paul wrote 1 Thessalonians from Corinth around 51 AD, and sent it to the... Read more

Where do you get your local news?

By Sarah on July 2, 2020 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Africa - Sub-Saharan

This month has been a whirlwind of new activities for me in life and ministry here in West Africa. A friend I met in France has an English Language school in the town where I live. She invited me to teach two small classes during the months of June and July to help them finish their school semester. I had been praying for ways to connect with the community in a controlled but outside environment. God answered my prayer by bringing them to me. The last few lessons we talk about social topics such as journalism, human rights, child issues both in the States and in West Africa. One of the... Read more

Not Finished Yet

By Isabel on July 1, 2020 Track: Teaching Region: Latin America

When I first decided to become a missionary, I knew that doing this work would require a lot of flexibility and adaptability on my part. That makes sense. I mean, how else could you navigate through so many changes -- location, culture, language, community, etc. -- all at once? What I didn’t expect was that sometimes, the very nature of your ministry changes as well. Several weeks ago, I had a meeting with the director of BridgeWay (the school where I teach), during which he told me that due to some changes at the school, I wouldn’t be able to return for the next school year. My first... Read more

A Chicken & A Turkey

By Dora on June 26, 2020 Track: Ministry Region: United States

Hey friends! You know how you go into a store thinking you're going to buy only one thing, but then come out of the store with more than you expected? That's kinda what happened to me and my Rohingya friend. My friend had several chickens in her backyard and wanted to buy some feed for them. I agreed to drive her to a store and didn't think much of it. However when we went into the store and looked around, my friend noticed that she could get another chicken and big turkey for cheaper than normal! So she excitedly pointed to both of them telling the store clerk, "I want to buy these."... Read more

Making Room

By Isabella on June 25, 2020 Track: Agriculture - Environment Region: Asia - Central

I recently discovered a new word that I really like: perichoresis. It means “mutual indwelling without loss of personal identity,” and often refers to the way that God exists in the Trinity. It also has deep meaning for how God relates to us. He dwells in us, puts His very Spirit in us, and yet allows us to remain uniquely ourselves.  God transforms us and redeems us, but He also loves us just as we are. He delights and celebrates in the way that we are all unique. He loves our freckles, dimples, and senses of humor. Read more

No Easy Answers

By Carissa on June 22, 2020 Track: Media - Arts Region: Europe

I hit my 8-month mark in Spain this week, but it really doesn’t feel like it. It feels like I lived here for 4 months and winter somehow became summer. Two months ago, Spain was the center of the pandemic and you could feel the fear and heaviness in the air. But now, as things start to open up and the anxiety seems to be lifting, the storm has transferred to my home country with full force. There’s the pandemic and all its side effects, the confusion, the horrifying racial injustice, the political turmoil. It’s hard to filter out what’s actually going on from afar through all of the biased... Read more

Let Salvation and Righteousness Bear Fruit

By Richard on June 21, 2020 Track: Agriculture - Environment Region: Asia - South East

Recently I was reading and reflecting on Isaiah 45:8, which reads, “Drip down, O heavens, from above, and let the clouds pour down righteousness; let the earth open up and salvation bear fruit and righteousness spring up with it. I, the Lord, have created it.” (NASB).  As I meditated on this passage the following image came to mind:  The Throne of the Heavens sits atop the clouds, with a river of living water running past it. The river runs off the clouds as a waterfall and crashes to the earth, creating a pool.  From that pool flows a peaceful river, and along the banks of the river grows... Read more

June 2020 Thank you, God. (Alt. Title: It’s Rainy Season) Adapted from personal journal, June 16, 2020

By Rosie on June 17, 2020 Track: Youth Development Region: Latin America

June 2020 Thank you, God. (Alt. Title: It’s Rainy Season) Adapted from personal journal, June 16, 2020                 Thank you, God.             Thank you for a mom who prays with me…             Thank you for your many options that show your continued, perfect, provision.               Thank you that anything that really means something will be hard.               Thank you that my work really means something.             Thank you that my relationships really mean something.             Thank you that my life here really means something. Read more

Sequel

By Abby on June 11, 2020 Track: University Outreach Region: Europe

Just like that, it’s my one-year anniversary of being an expat in France. In some ways it seems like only yesterday I walked through security and into France after 30 hours of airport hopping and waiting around terminals, but also a lot has happened since. In no particular order, I moved ten or so times, was near a bombing, carried a pony, gave out groceries, baked many cakes, was in a car accident, experienced the strangest film night of my life, travelled to Spain and Italy, was stalked, witnessed to students, attended Bible college in French, survived a pandemic, met many incredible people... Read more

"Are all Americans racist?"

By Abby S on June 2, 2020 Track: Teaching Region: Asia - South East

My heart is breaking for our home country. While I am thankful that people are finally coming together in the fight against racial injustice, I am distraught that it took something as severe as the murder of George Floyd for people to wake up to the reality of systemic racism in America. Even though my husband and I are physically far-removed from the situation, we can’t stop thinking about and praying for the city we lived and worked in for years. As a teacher I have always felt passionate about closing the achievement gap, but after recent events I feel the fire being stoked. Things NEED to... Read more