November 2, 2015

When belonging isn't easy

By Guest Blogger

“How do you find community?”

This question has backed me right into corners sometimes. Corners where I am left dissatisfied, lonely and growing colder towards a place I'd set out to love.

We moved to Africa when I was young and I could have adapted to nearly anything at that point. When I moved back to the US for college, I sang to a different tune. I considered myself a ‘former African’. It was as if I was forced into a whole new body and existence coming back to my ‘home’ country. To cope, I buried myself in Skype conversations with people in far away places and avoiding…

November 9, 2015

5 questions to ask yourself about business, language and church planting

By Guest Blogger

1. How do you define business? Will you be totally supported by your operations or will you still receive outside funding?

If you are okay with being subsidized through outside funding and able to raise such funding, even if for an initial timeframe, this will allow for more options. One option could be to spend more time learning a language for a period while you do some business-related work. Another benefit if you started a business would be that this support could sustain a period of losses, before profitability is reached. However, if you wanted to be totally…

November 15, 2015

10 things to know when visiting a Russian home

By Guest Blogger

While living in Moscow for two years, my wife and I were fortunate to spend many evenings in the apartments and homes of dear friends. Here are some things we learned (sometimes the hard way) that really helped us look less like strangers in a strange land.

1. DO bring a snack.
Even if it’s not requested or discussed about during the invitation, it’s always nice to bring a drink or snack to any get-together. It can be anything -- drinks like juice or soda, or sweets to have with tea. A bottle of wine. A small gift from your home country. Flowers from the…

November 30, 2015

How working abroad changed me

By Guest Blogger

Living and working as an expatriate for an American company in a large city in East Asia for slightly over three years was a huge blessing for me, and God used that experience to significantly impact my life.  He changed my life through that experience in the following ways:  increased humility, strengthened Christian worldview, and fueled passion for sharing the gospel.

God used the experience to really humble me.  First, there was the language that served as a humbling tool.  I have so much more of an appreciation for people who speak more than one language and especially those…