Dear International Worker, Learn the Language

Yes. For so many reasons, learn the language. When I reached proficiency in my second language, many people expressed how excited they were for my new skill. "You'll be able to help other people and share God's love around the world!" was a commonly expressed sentiment. True. But my own life, understanding of God, people, …

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The Woman in the Elevator. Part 2.

While my idea to distribute gospel tracts in hospital waiting rooms was not a bad one,  my passion was misdirected. Just because something seems like a good idea doesn't mean it's the best choice. Somewhere in the motivations of my heart were genuine desires to please God and engage people with the story of His …

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A New Way to Say Hello

Soran had many years of teaching the local language to foreigners under his belt and was influential in his community. His intelligence was only surpassed by kind-hearted life experience and wisdom. He showed great acceptance and patience in his interaction with people, whether the person was well known in society or a small neighborhood boy, …

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What I Have to Know About Myself. Responding to Unwelcome Words. Part 3

Why do unsolicited words about the size of my family sometimes hurt so much? Do I fear others may be right—that my family should be different? Maybe I did something wrong to cause the miscarriages even though the doctor said otherwise?  Do their thoughtless words remind me of something I don’t like— that there are …

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Responding to Unwelcome Words. Part 2.

Here is the second part of my post about responding to unwelcome words. James 1:19 "...Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry."    When I was jotting down thoughts, I realized there are three things I usually think about when responding to uninvited comments about miscarriage or having …

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Shajan. Crossing Cultures. Friendship in Layers.

Thinking of this as we get to know people in our new community.

“It’s a sin for me to kill anything so a belief based on something or someone being sacrificed is hard for me to understand”

“If I believe and my family does not we will be separated in the afterlife”

We had finally reached the heart of Shajan’s barriers to believing in Jesus. It had taken years. There are more nuances of South Asian culture revealed in his statements than I have time to explain.

The desire to believe was there and had been for a while—long before we met him.
God had been at work in his life since childhood. So many people had shared the history and love of Creator God’s revelation of Himself to humanity. Shajan had heard the life and mission of Jesus so many times, he used completely accurate illustrations from the Bible to help us learn sentence structures as we studied South Asian language. He…

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