missions {good, bad, ugly}

Put Your Face In It

by Laura on January 20, 2016

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One of the greatest hockey goalies of all time stopped shots by sticking his bare face in the line of fire. I was listening to an episode of This American Life after dropping off Matt at the airport last night. They talked about the famous Canadian Hockey goalie, Terry Sawchuck, who remains one of the […]




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God’s Work Without God

by Laura on February 8, 2015

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It’s entirely possible to do God’s work without God, utterly likely that Spirit-breathed-ministry can morph into self-fueled-effort. This is the way of humanity and most Christian work as I’ve come to see it. Sadly, the same can be said of myself. What started faith-only and desperate-for-Jesus slid subtly over time into action-driven and next-step-logical. And I’m just […]




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Dear Friends, It’s been a long while since I’ve written, and I hope that this post will explain the reasons for my quiet. I actually wrote this back in October, only to have my blog crash for two months and then more life get in the way of posting it until now.  (Funny how the […]




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Is the Purpose of Missions KINGDOM or GOSPEL?

by Laura on January 21, 2014

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“It reminded me of other conversations we’ve had with many in the church-world who’ve said to us essentially, “Why save them from an earthly hell if you can’t save them from an eternal one?” And I’ll be brutally honest, that type of thinking hurts. It hurts that Christians would so quickly write off justice if there’s no […]




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Elementary school was a dream for me until the second grade. In the second grade, a new girl named Wendy moved to town. She was cute with brown curly hair and she quickly set her sights on my best friend, Sarah. What ensued over the next 259 days of the school year was not so […]




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I feel all-apologies on this space of late. Let’s be honest, ever since we moved back to the United States my personal blogging platform has taken a hit. And while I do think it will pick back up eventually, for now, I am finding a new stride in pouring my words and social media nearly-ninja-skillz  […]




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I remember our first year on the fieldliterally thinking, “No one is ever,ever going to come to faith in Christ, no matter how many years I spend here.”  I thought this because for the first time in my life, I was face-to-face with the realities that the story of Jesus was so completely other to the people I was living among.Buddhism […]




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So I recently wrote about the awkward moments of living on support stateside— the guilt, the paranoia, the un-cool factor that works its way into the monthly newsletters.  And, while all of that is true, I also wanted to talk about the positive ways living on financial support has affected me– at home and abroad. […]




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So, we’ve been back in the States now for 5 months, and we’re still living on full financial support– which we did while living overseas, but somehow seems harder now that we’re back in the ol’ U.S. of A. (Notice our latest “prayer card family picture” above. Cool, but not as cool as the one […]




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Two Projects

by Laura on November 15, 2012

I know, that is the most boring title I could think of, too. Regardless, I’d love for you to take a minute to check out two things I’m excited have come together just this week. 1.  First, for any of you who have been here with me any amount of time, you know that I […]




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It was the dented light saber in the hands of the neighborhood boy that made me cry at 6:30 am this Saturday. Though I loathe yard sales, we decided the best way to scale down before we left the country was to do one. And so last week it was a mess of junk drawers […]




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