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Refugees Are Here: What Now?

You hear the news—refugees are being sent to your city. Hardly any time passes and it happens. “They” are really here. “They” start appearing in the grocery store, lining up to enroll their children in school, and sitting in the doctor’s waiting room with you.

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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.          

Chin Up: Show God’s Love by Investing in New Relationships

multiracial female friends taking selfie

I struggled to think of a single name to write in the blank of my guided prayer journal. “Name three people you interact with on a weekly basis that need to know of God’s love,” read the day’s assignment.

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.           

National Acteens Panelists featured during WMU Missions Celebration

(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) – Five Acteens from four states have been selected by WMU as national Acteens Panelists and will be featured during the WMU Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting, June 9-10, in Birmingham, Ala.

Discipleship: Nurture, Don't Abandon, New Christians

women reading Bible together outdoors

While on a family outing in a park, a friend of mine heard a cry coming from a cardboard box. In the box was an abandoned newborn girl. My friend’s family took her home and eventually adopted her. We read this and think, “How sad! How could someone abandon a newborn?”

Keep your focus, never lose sight

women with hands in the air

Life is not always a bowl of cherries; sometimes it is the pits! This was a phrase a friend of mine posted on Facebook. When I first read it I chuckled, but there are times in our lives that seem like the pits . . . maybe times when we’ve taken our eyes off Jesus . . .

Others in the World

children of the world

“You mean they don’t have a church to go to?” One of our preschoolers asked this question as we talked about the special workers during the recent Mission Friends unit on North Africa and the Middle East.

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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