From the Middle East Training Team Some of our team members visited Baghdad several months ago and met with a local pastor. They shared the vision of the training team and talked about partnership ideas. The pastor agreed that training is important, but he pressed us that it must go beyond strategy and technique. “I…

Missionaries are given the immense privilege of representing God’s heart to both the nations and the church. When we return from our fields of obedience, we are invited into pulpits—grand and humble—to speak on behalf of both the lost and the Lord. We are feted and lauded, which can lead to pride. We observe shallowness…

It’s a holiday throughout the Muslim world. It’s Dhu al-Hijjah, the last month of the Islamic calendar. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims are in Mecca, the most holy city in Islam. Young and old, rich and poor, male and female, they all wear white robes as a symbol of purity and equality. Pilgrims recite the…

God’s story isn’t forced; if you have a relationship with Jesus, he is living out his story through you. – Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon in The Art of Neighboring   A new house was going up across the sand lot from ours. The family of 15 hadn’t moved in yet, but a flurry of…

by Hunter Glenn (not his real name). Hunter has spent 6 of his 13 years in the Arab world. ____ I think part of living dead is sacrificing the things that we can’t get in [our country]. Sacrificing myself to the Lord is another thing. I did not make the decision to come to [the…

Dear Sir, Thanks for writing. I am thankful you are prayerfully and lovingly looking out for your daughter and son-in-law, and by extension all of us. There are certainly momentous changes going on in Egypt right now. We are watching very carefully. One eye takes in the physical dangers, risks, and developments, while the other…

by Hannah Largent (not her real name). Hannah is 12 years old. She and her family have lived in two Arab countries for a total of 6 years. ___ As a third culture kid, I find opportunities to live dead, to live for God, that I would not have if I lived in America. I can…

Independence Day isn’t Independence Day without a barbecue in the park. So when my host country celebrates theirs, I pack up my family, friends, and a picnic. Since local women spend a majority of their lives indoors, this is one of few opportunities to meet them in the park. We plant our picnic paraphernalia under…

A couple years ago I purchased a violin as a hobby. I started out really excited. The first few weeks I had it, I played it nearly every day. I figured out a couple tunes, and even did a Skype recital for my nieces. After a while, my interest fizzled, and I set my violin in…

Matthew 8:19-20 Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”  Today was supposed to be an average day. My plans for the morning…

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