What We’re Reading: 2018 edition

It’s been a while since we shared our favorite titles! Some of these are books we read quite a while ago and I never got around to recommending, and some are still fresh in my mind. I will try keep my words to a minimum, and in some cases I might just include a favorite quote from a book and cross my fingers in hope that you will be inspired to read it.

Over the past year, I’ve felt especially compelled to learn more about the lives of people who are marginalized, to listen to a new set of stories.… Continue Reading “What We’re Reading: 2018 edition”

Books We Read in 2016

Okay, here goes! Not an exhaustive list of our reading for 2016, but a summary of our favorites. Hope you get a chance to pick up a couple of these!

We’ll start light, with three different graphic novel recommendations…

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The Complete Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi)

Persepolis is a coming of age story written by a woman who grew up in Tehran during the time of the Islamic Revolution. A fascinating window into young adult life in what was an incredibly tenuous time for the people of Iran.… Continue Reading “Books We Read in 2016”

Perspectives from Abroad (Part 3): On Sharing our Lives and Connecting with the Church

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Thanks for following along with this blog series! (Click here to read Part One and Part Two) Today’s post is the final installment of testimonies from people who serve cross-culturally, sharing their experiences relating to friends, family, and the church back in their passport countries.

One of the things that compelled me to start this series was hearing other missionaries share some of the expectations people/churches had for them in returning to the US, and hearing in their voices how those expectations can take a big personal toll.… Continue Reading “Perspectives from Abroad (Part 3): On Sharing our Lives and Connecting with the Church”

Perspectives from Abroad (Part 2): Perceptions, the West, and Global Identity

Welcome to part two of a three-part series on what it is like to relate with one’s passport country after living abroad. (Click here to read Part One) This series shares a dozen different perspectives from all over the world on some of the issues overseas workers face as they transition between their passport country and another culture. Part two focuses on the realities of life overseas, the global identity one gains while living abroad, and on how the West is perceived by the rest of the world.… Continue Reading “Perspectives from Abroad (Part 2): Perceptions, the West, and Global Identity”

Relating to Home: Perspectives from Abroad (pt. 1)

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I don’t know anyone working overseas who does not at times feel terribly caught between worlds. This tension is constant for most of us, and it is often heightened by our experiences in returning home, or our attempts to share our life with those in our passport countries. There is typically little or no opportunity for us to have conversations about some facets of this tension, but there is a need for such conversations to take place. We wanted to create an opportunity for others to share anonymously about their joys and challenges in engaging with people and life back in their passport country.… Continue Reading “Relating to Home: Perspectives from Abroad (pt. 1)”

Assimilate or Go Home | Book Recommendation

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“I had found people as different from me as the night is from the day. What I didn’t know then was that the seeds of my own blindness were orchestrating my thoughts. For, of course, in viewing our differences, I thought I was the sun and they were the darkness.”

– from Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith

I wanted to take a moment to praise a book I recently read, in hopes that some of you who are looking for a good read might check it out.… Continue Reading “Assimilate or Go Home | Book Recommendation”

Malevolent in Ministry (or, Some Thoughts on Walking in the Light)

Perhaps it is because I am from the west coast of the U.S. (a region that is not as “churched” and not defined by enthusiasm about the sort of work we do), that every time I share about our life in photos or words, I am conscious of the prevailing doubtfulness towards Christians; Christians in ministry work being particularly suspicious. I write this because I share that doubtfulness; I am under no illusions that Christians are very nice people. In fact, I think a number of Christians who end up working in ministry do so because they don’t want to have a regular job, because they are trying to escape problems, or because they have an ugly savior complex.… Continue Reading “Malevolent in Ministry (or, Some Thoughts on Walking in the Light)”

2015 | A Few Favorite Reads & Podcasts

What a year it has been! The first half of the year offered lots of opportunities for reading, the second half, not so much. I am a slow reader—embarrassingly so. I discovered in moving here that having so few opportunities to speak English has helped me increase my reading speed, interestingly enough. Without further ado, here is a short list of some thoughtful books and podcasts Jim and I enjoyed this year.

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If you have never traveled outside of North America or been a part of a multicultural church community, I recommend this read.… Continue Reading “2015 | A Few Favorite Reads & Podcasts”

Large Petitions

Next week we return to our place in the Golden Country, and pick up a whole new type of “normal” with our little babe in arms. Two months went by so fast! We relished our time in Thailand and are sad to part with our friends here, yet we are also eager to return to our neighborhood in Yangon.

While we were gone, we learned of the death of one of Jim’s Rakhine friends, a man who passed away at a young age and did not know Christ.… Continue Reading “Large Petitions”

To Those Who Worry

It is a struggle for me, knowing how to communicate some of the challenges of life here to all of you reading from afar. In some ways, this is one of my biggest burdens in living overseas. If I didn’t feel so strongly that I need to be writing and sharing some of that writing in order to adjust to this new life, I’d probably stop altogether for the turmoil I experience in getting responses from home.

The three to four month point in overseas life is a textbook classic time to begin experiencing/recognizing some disabling emotions and circumstances.… Continue Reading “To Those Who Worry”