internationals

Cross-Cultural Missions: Show His Love Unconditionally and Consistently

serious immigrant boy

Yasin is only 9, but he’s been around long enough to know.           

Long enough to know that Jesus is important. “If I were a superhero, I’d be Victory Man—like ‘victory in Jesus.’”           

Long enough to know that if the church people show up to do a Backyard Bible Club at his Atlanta-area apartment complex, he should call all the children in the neighborhood to come.           

But don’t assume Yasin really knows.          

Cross-Cultural Missions: Don’t Cling to Comfort

three friends of different religions standing happily together

As the big plane backed away from the gate, I sank down into the seat, allowing myself to decompress. I looked out the window, tracing the city with my eyes.   

That out there—that’s a hard place.           

Internationals Flock to America: Who Is in Your Backyard?

international group of happy, smiling men and women over American flag background

A large oak tree in my backyard serves as the host tree for an entire “nation” of birds. They come in pairs; they come alone. They come seasonally; they remain for months. They are large and small, beautiful and simple. Their colors are brilliant: red, blue, brown, black, orange, and yellow. They come and they go. Their attraction undoubtedly is the bird feeder my husband faithfully fills. Some eat directly from it; others feed on the seed scattered from the populated feeder.

Watching this convention of birds from my back porch, I thought of the visits, short and long, of internationals in America. Obviously, all analogies fall short at some point, yet I could not help but recognize similarities.

Cross-Cultural Missions: Just Be There and Love

smiling young woman listens to female friend

“She can speak a little English. Just speak really slowly.” With that, my friend left the room.

And there I was, staring at her beautiful friend, her dark eyes nervous in her olive face. I smiled. We swapped what words we could. We hit a lull. And then something unexpected happened.

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