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The New Normal

By Abigail on August 16, 2020 Track: Ministry Region: Middle East

DONE WITH LANGUAGE! I am excited to announce that I am officially done with the language portion of my time here! I have felt very encouraged and empowered by how much I’ve learned and how much I am now able to communicate. In order to maintain my current communication level, I will continue to meet with Turkish friends and practice conversations.  Phase 1 of Re-opening Country  My host country has handled the virus very well, which has resulted in comparatively low cases here. Praise the Lord! After being in a restrictive lock-down for about three months, things are to return to “normal.”... Read more

Through Dreams and Visions

By Abby S on August 9, 2020 Track: Teaching Region: Asia - South East

Over the last few months my teammates and I have been praying that our friends would have dreams and visions about Jesus, and one night after praying together as a team He gave me a dream too: I wandered through a dark, terrible building. People around me were oblivious to the heaviness around them, but I sensed that something was wrong. They rushed by me, unsmiling, trying to take care of what they needed to do and ignoring everyone else around them. Something urged me to go up to the very top floor. Slowly I made my way to the top. No one else was going up to this floor, and as I walked in... Read more

Does my art matter?

By Carissa on August 6, 2020 Track: Media - Arts Region: Europe

I’ve been thinking lately about the role of art in my life. One of my ongoing struggles in college was feeling like I had to decide between art and missions. With the overwhelming need for the Gospel and the worldwide effects of poverty and injustice, making art seemed like a weak and frivolous thing to invest in. But would God really ask me to deny this part of who he created me to be?  I felt incredibly blessed to find this opportunity to do graphic design for a missions organization. It’s been amazing to think that things I create can be used to reach people with the Gospel. However, this... Read more

Finally Arrived

By Eleanor on July 31, 2020 Track: Community Development Region: United States

What to write? So much has happened in the last 3 weeks since I've been here! I'm so so thankful for all of you who have lifted me up in this process of transition. The Father has been faithful in giving me the strength I've needed to dig in and start acclimating to the city. And He has been so good to me in showing me that I'm not alone.    Life has been filled with training and orientation to my job and role. While it is at times overwhelming, I've been so glad to stay occupied and have opportunities to get out in the city and meet (physically distanced) with coworkers and new found friends... Read more

Co Working with Different Convictions

By Richard on July 30, 2020 Track: Agriculture - Environment Region: Asia - South East

One thing that all of us working overseas invariably run into is conflict with teammates based on theological differences.  An exception to this might be found in teams that are sent from a denominationally based organization, but most organizations are para church and thus para denomination.  Our teams are centered on shared convictions that are central to the gospel, but on secondary issues we may differ significantly.  As mentioned, this will eventually lead to conflict; but, conflict is not inherently a bad thing.  A friend and mentor of mine (who specializes in peacemaking) likes to say... Read more

Remain in My Love

By Caitlyn on July 28, 2020 Track: Media - Arts Region: Europe

     Moving overseas is full of stress, unknowns, and uncomfortable situations. If I can be real for a minute, it’s hard. Somedays it feels like drinking from a fire hydrant. After having a conversation with some coworkers this morning, I walked away with this insight, “Anxiety is a deep fear that threatens your sense of self” (Tim Keller.) I always thought the opposite of love was hate, but it’s actually fear. Fear is self-centered, while love is self-giving. 1 John 4:18 says, "Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear" (NLT.) When I place my value in something other than... Read more

Confession Time

By Grace on July 27, 2020 Track: Community Development Region: Africa - North

So confession to make, I'm not exactly a poster child for an "accomplished" cross cultural worker. I have been based in three different countries and continents in the last year and a half. I didn't get too far in language learning because my heart was learning the language of being uprooted again and again. I kept offering out of a tank that was empty, believing I was modeling healthy ways to pour out ones self. As I spiraled downwards, I told myself this was cross cultral work. You go, go, and go and walk away a much better person because of all the things you pushed through. This is... Read more

Be Thou My Vision

By Nora on July 25, 2020 Track: Ministry Region: Asia - Central

I didn’t realize it a few months ago, but this season during quarantine has been a gift from the Father for me.  More and more I realize that God is asking for joyful surrender, and yet He gives me extra time withy family before I leave for such a long time.  I’ve spent these last few months with my two beautiful baby nephews.  Before COVID, I wasn’t even sure I’d be able to meet the youngest before I had to leave.  Now, I get the delight of spending time with them nearly ever day until it’s time to go.     I am also so happy to say that God has come through once again, and I am now fully... Read more

Well, it happened...

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

This one is a vlog. Story time!!!  Well, it happened! July Vlog Video of Well, it happened! July Vlog  Read more

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