The Excuse for My Blog-Absence

February 16, 2013

Funny how things unfold sometimes. Things unexpected, wildly scary and unbelievably hopeful at the same time. As you know, we’ve been working from our house leading and fundraising for The Exodus Road ever since we moved back to the States seven months ago. This has meant trying to answer emails amid breakfast dishes in the […]




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On Doubt (And When Columbus Was All, “What Was I Thinking?”)

February 5, 2013

There are a few things I’ve learned about doubt over the last three years of risk and failure, of transition and struggle. First, I’ve learned that the people who tell you that you shouldn’t ever have experience doubt if you are really following God and are on the “right” path, are probably smoking crack. You’re human. […]




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Kid President

January 29, 2013

This. Is. Awesome. Happy Tuesday, ya’ll. (Subscribers, click through to see the video of one of the cutest kids ever— other than yours or mine, of course.)




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Rice Christians and Fake Conversions (Over at A Life Overseas)

January 28, 2013

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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From My Husband: Thoughts on an Indian Brothel and How Rescue Changes Us

January 25, 2013

My husband says I’m the writer of the family, and that he’d rather just stick to the speaking-bit. And maybe he’s right. Because he rarely writes but every time he speaks publicly he brings people to cry tears or draw swords. The man seeps inspirational leadership. And these last two years, I’ve seen him endure […]




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10 Ways to Survive (Or Even Enjoy a Little Bit) Your Husband Traveling

January 25, 2013

So, Matt gets back from SE Asia and India in two days after traveling for 19 days straight. And every time he travels, which has been quite a bit over our married life, my respect for single- parents and military moms skyrockets. Skyrockets. Because, no lie, flying solo with kids can be tough. There are […]




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Take a Red Pill (On Staying Awake, Even in America)

January 23, 2013

A quick mid-week devotional vlog to remind myself to Stay. Awake. Here’s a short video of me, then a short clip from the movie The Matrix, which I talk about in the vlog. (Subscribers will need to click through to the site to view the videos.)  **** So, how about you? Feeling sleepy about anything […]




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Five Reasons You Should Buy This Shirt

January 19, 2013

Five reasons you should buy this shirt, this weekend: 5. They look cool. And if you wear them, you will look cool, too. 4. They are conversation starters. People will be like, “What? What does that mean? What’s that abstract, but soveryneatlooking eye thing in the middle?” And you can be like, “Well, it’s from […]




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Life’s No Picnic. No, Really, It Isn’t.

January 16, 2013
Swain family picnicking near the Colony Beach Club: Longboat Key, Florida

Here in the comfortable West, we tend to think of life as an extravagant beach picnic. Our families are gathered around on red checkered tablecloths, eating fried chicken, those little pickles and chunks of fresh watermelon. We drink our sweet tea while we relax in the sun, and we call to our kids to be […]




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What Real Community Looks Like

January 12, 2013

We stumbled home after two weeks visiting our families in the East last Saturday. And we started unloading the car with its sleeping children, and immediately, surprisingly, I felt really really good about myself as a woman. Not because my hair looked great after 12 hours of travel and definitely not because our five carry-ons […]




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Because Rescue is Coming (Over at InCourage)

January 7, 2013

I met a girl in a brothel named Sarah about eight months ago via covert camera footage. And while I’ve yet to speak in the flesh to this young woman, I know her story. Sarah’s home country in SE Asia is notorious for both government oppression and extreme poverty, and at the hands of her own […]




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