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A Three Fold Cord

By Candace on April 3, 2014 Track: University Outreach Region: Middle East

I loveeeeeeee my roommates/ two other girls on my team. However, when I first moved here, it was hard for me to always be with them. Leaving America and moving to a new place, I realized how much I put my identity in what people thought of me back home as apposed to who I am as a daughter of God. Even though I loved my roommates a lot and could not have been more thankful for them, I wanted space to make a new identity for myself here. A few months ago, I was strongly convicted of how selfish this was. I often went off on my own to meet girls and make friendships. Even though this in and of... Read more

A Three Fold Cord

By Candace on April 3, 2014 Track: University Outreach Region: Middle East

I loveeeeeeee my roommates/ two other girls on my team. However, when I first moved here, it was hard for me to always be with them. Leaving America and moving to a new place, I realized how much I put my identity in what people thought of me back home as apposed to who I am as a daughter of God. Even though I loved my roommates a lot and could not have been more thankful for them, I wanted space to make a new identity for myself here. A few months ago, I was strongly convicted of how selfish this was. I often went off on my own to meet girls and make friendships. Even though this in and of... Read more

เมษายน

By Carrie on April 3, 2014 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Asia - South East

I was ไม่สบาย (not feeling well). It was pretty hot outside, and I knew I probably looked a little pitiful walking into my community. Regardless, with each person I would encounter, I'd try to put on a nice smile when I would greet them. Part of me was kind of hoping that no one would ask any questions and that I'd be able to get away with just laying low. I found out that's pretty much not possible! The main 3 things I was able to confirm during the time I was sick in the community are that 1- Thai people are very intuitive and aware of how others feel. Therefore, a nice smile is not... Read more

A Month of Celebrations!

By Paul on April 2, 2014 Track: Teaching Region: Asia - Central

A Month of Celebrations!   March is a month of many celebrations here. March 1st was the first day of Spring and all around here many people celebrated this day by symbolically welcoming Spring. The next celebration was International Women's day (March 8th); a day where women get celebrated with words of appreciation and encouragement, flowers, and of course lots of chocolate.     Another fun and great holiday was the "Local New Year" called Nauryz.  Together with a group of students we were able to watch traditional music being played and danced to. And of course we were able to eat lots of... Read more

The Cycle of Grace

By Arielle on April 1, 2014 Track: Media - Arts Region: Middle East

Having been in the field just over four months, one of the biggest lessons God has been teaching me is just how much a wretched sinner I am! I suppose that might sound funny coming from a worker. Often there is this sense that those of us involved in fulltime ministry are somehow super-Christians, incapable of sinning. That's nonsense of course, but still there's this feeling that somehow I should be better at being a Christian, loving people, not getting angry, being patient... But the whole process of moving to a new place and culture acts as a pressure cooker situation where stress is high... Read more

sleepless nights.

By Sarah on March 31, 2014 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Asia - South East

Before I decided to move to Thailand, a lot of people asked me a question, “Sarah, what is your biggest fear moving so far away?” Many people imagined my answer would be missing my family, missing my car, missing American food, missing my friends, not being able to communicate, not understanding the culture differences, etc. Of course these are things that I do miss and long for, but my biggest fear moving to Bangkok was not about leaving those I love behind or the comforts of America through transportation and food, but my biggest fear was being able to handle HOT season. I know I know; its... Read more

Goodbyes

By Lydia on March 30, 2014 Track: Medical Region: Africa - Sub-Saharan

I will be honest. There are times when things hit harder here than they would in the States. When I know at the core of my being that the Lord has called me here and I am undoubtedly where I am where I belong and yet, my heart longs to be in other places. Before I left US soil, I made a point to say goodbye to my grandmothers, just in case something were to happen to them while I was gone. That thought sobered me. I even wrote a blog post about it. But what I was unprepared for was the goodbyes I DIDN’T say. The grief and pain friends and family would experience from miles and miles away and... Read more

Those Days In Between

By Ryan on March 26, 2014 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Asia - South East

You know how when we were kids we would constantly hear from adults “Don’t rush your youth because they are the best years of  your life” Well we couldn’t wait for high school to be over so that we could reach those college years. Summers couldn’t come fast enough because we were all so sick of studying for tests and writing ten page papers. We longed for the cold weather months and then complained it was too cold and couldn’t wait for it to heat back up. We began to believe that if this particular moment arrived we would somehow find happiness. We hoped for what was to come and not for what... Read more

Galatians 6:2

By DougandEllen on March 26, 2014 Track: Sports Region: Middle East

So this has been a pretty interesting month.  My wife has been gone and that has been pretty hard on me.  At the same time, God has been showing his love through some relationships he’s sent to me.  There is a Turk here named Oğuz (pronounced Oh-ooz) who is a baptized Christian now after having a dream about Jesus and coming in contact with an American Football coach/friend.  Oğuz is a very interesting person and is different from most Turks, mainly because of his openness and the way he goes about relationships.  Well Oğuz has been very intentional about practicing what he’s learned at... Read more

Holi Moly Me Oh My

By Lindsey on March 20, 2014 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Asia - Central

Holi is a major holiday here in South Asia and if you have ever watched any Bollywood movie then you have definitely seen a scene of a Holi celebration. It is a holiday to welcome the Spring and to say goodbye to the Winter. It is first and foremost a day for every single person in the country to act like a child. The squirt guns were brought out and all of the brightest colors were bought and everyone put on their old clothes knowing that by noon they would be covered in color.  We were a little worried as a team because we didn't know who we were going to celebrate this huge holiday with... Read more