"Why do Americans sleep on the couch?"

“Why do Americans sleep on the couch?”

“Why do Americans sleep on the couch after they fight?” she asked, through her laughter. I wasn’t sure what she meant at first, so she explained further.

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Moving to Kurdistan

Moving to Kurdistan

Our friend ‘L’ has started blogging from Kurdistan. Here’s an extract… He told me he was Kurdish and my mind drew a complete blank. Of course…

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Hopeful New Year

Hopeful New Year

We will faithfully trudge into January, back into language learning and the 9-5 of childcare, cultural contextualisation, discipleship, housework, team and family life. But we cry out, Lord, for another Pentecost.

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Always Keep a Column

Always Keep a Column

Living and serving cross-culturally is very complex. Just staying afloat in-country requires a certain amount of administrative gumption. But in your administrative table of life, always keep a column for dreaming!

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How do you support yourself overseas? Fundraising? Tentmaking? Business as Mission?

How do you support yourself overseas? Fundraising? Tentmaking? Business as Mission?

Our guest contributor Luke gets the conversation going on how to financially support your God-adventure.

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"Khana kayo": Quiet moments from a Nepali village

“Khana kayo”: Quiet moments from a Nepali village

Today’s guest contribution takes us to the mountains of Nepal before they shook, for quiet moments from a Nepali village

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10 minutes from Southern Russia: "He showed me how he loves the nations"

10 minutes from Southern Russia: “He showed me how he loves the nations”

Ruslan shares about what God has done in his own heart, and in his region of Southern Russia.

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10 minutes from Tanzania: "I haven't seen anybody like him. Nobody."

10 minutes from Tanzania: “I haven’t seen anybody like him. Nobody.”

Jonathan Kyando shares about the church in Tanzania in this brief interview.

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10 minutes from Malawi: "I'm following a true, living Jesus"

10 minutes from Malawi: “I’m following a true, living Jesus”

Mr. Booker Kapalamula Banda takes 10 minutes to share with us from Malawi.

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10 minutes from Central Asia: "We have joy that God is using us"

10 minutes from Central Asia: “We have joy that God is using us”

Over the next couple posts we’ll hear snippets of what God is doing around the world. Today Zafar shares from Central Asia.

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Walking with Elijah through unmet expectations

Walking with Elijah through unmet expectations

Elijah’s story helps us walk through unmet expectations.

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3 Truths & a Lie: What it really takes to be fluent

3 Truths & a Lie: What it really takes to be fluent

In Part 2 of the language learning series Grace tackles what it really takes to be fluent.

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Why learn language? (Intro to language learning series)

Why learn language? (Intro to language learning series)

Language learning is a microcosm of the struggle to contextualize. Not just grammar and vocab, but entering a new conversation. Joining a new community.

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6 Months after Ferguson: Interview with a St. Louis pastor

6 Months after Ferguson: Interview with a St. Louis pastor

We ask Bryan Mowrey from Jubilee Church, St. Louis, “With the media spotlight off, what are the on-going effects of Ferguson in the local church?”

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"We left everything behind in Baghdad, but we have a mighty God"

“We left everything behind in Baghdad, but we have a mighty God”

Bassam holds his sleepy daughter in one arm & tells the story of his last few months in Baghdad. “We left everything behind, but we have a mighty God.”

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Adventures await on the other side of the cave

Adventures await on the other side of the cave

The initial cultural adjustment is like entering a cave. But maybe your dreams were too small. Adventures await on the other side.

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My Big Question

My Big Question

I stood at the brink of motherhood and mission and faced my Big Question.

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Minibus Theology: 5 ways to explain the gospel

Minibus Theology: 5 ways to explain the gospel

How do you explain the gospel? [Hint: it should change depending on your listener] The gospel speaks to every culture’s deep needs.

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Pray for 7 young churches around the world

Pray for 7 young churches around the world

Welcome, praying friends. I’m fired up about this post for so many reasons. I love church plants, I love pioneers, and I love seeing God…

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"I'm so glad God messed up my life"

“I’m so glad God messed up my life”

It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Clay, a new contributor to the blog. He’s currently living in the US, exploring the call God has…

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How can I worship in a foreign language? (Part 3: Free to receive)

How can I worship in a foreign language? (Part 3: Free to receive)

Tackling two assumptions about worship in a foreign language. “My heart worshiped in English for 30 years. But my heart can expand.”

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How Can I Worship in a Foreign Language? (Part 2: New Beginnings)

How Can I Worship in a Foreign Language? (Part 2: New Beginnings)

My story of learning to worship in a foreign language continues with a fresh start and new beginnings. (Part 2)

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How Can I Worship in a Foreign Language? (Part 1: First Impressions)

How Can I Worship in a Foreign Language? (Part 1: First Impressions)

I love worshiping the God of the nations from my MidEast home, but it wasn’t always like that. This is my story of learning to worship in a foreign language.

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Appreciation Training Camp

Appreciation Training Camp

One of the great sins in cross-cultural living is non appreciation. But genuine love for people will mean that you cannot dismiss or discount their world.

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The Whale

The Whale

A cross-cultural God-adventurer is like a whale. We dive deep and travel long distances, far from the eyes of our peers back home.

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A conversation with Iraqi Christians (and how you can get involved)

A conversation with Iraqi Christians (and how you can get involved)

“If the salt and the light goes out of Iraq it will be dark. And Jesus said we are the salt. We are the light. Pray for our nation.”

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Peace in the shadow of Iraq

Peace in the shadow of Iraq

It’s a nightmare that jostles me awake from my internet slumber. The air is thick with humidity on this final night of Ramadan.

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Sending Well: a conversation with Clive

Sending Well: a conversation with Clive

Grace sits down with a UK church leader to talk about churches sending well – and one local church’s journey toward a global vision.

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Ten Steps Back (On faith and healing)

Ten Steps Back (On faith and healing)

When we arrived overseas as newlyweds in 2007 we brought along a seriously un-spellable arthritis condition (him) & the spinal column of an 80-year-old (me)

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Stop, collaborate and listen

Stop, collaborate and listen

I think I scared people my first months overseas. I was a cartoon character – big, unblinking eyes, ears straining forward, oddly fixed smile.

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Sending Well: Silas and Catherine on Functioning as a Sending Church (Part 2)

Sending Well: Silas and Catherine on Functioning as a Sending Church (Part 2)

Our conversation continues with Silas and Catherine. What practical steps do you take to send people well cross-culturally?

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Sending Well: Silas and Catherine on Becoming a Sending Church

Sending Well: Silas and Catherine on Becoming a Sending Church

Part 1 of an interview with Silas and Catherine on becoming a sending church. How did their UK church get envisioned for the nations of the world?

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Interview: Davis Family in Arabia (Landing)

Interview: Davis Family in Arabia (Landing)

Earlier we interviewed the Davis family as they prepared to move overseas. Now they’ve newly landed in Arabia – language study, abayas, cockroaches and all.

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Interview: Sam and Clare Akrasi in Ghana

Interview: Sam and Clare Akrasi in Ghana

Clare and Sam Akrasi share their story of growing up on separate continents, being joined together by God, and learning to live cross-culturally in Ghana.

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Interview: Davis Family in Arabia (Leaving)

Interview: Davis Family in Arabia (Leaving)

I’m delighted to share this interview with you today – a snapshot of a cultural transition in progress. The Davis family* (not their real names)…

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Our Arranged Marriage

Our Arranged Marriage

About a year into our overseas adventure my husband developed a soap-opera addiction. It started because we’d heard that watching a regular TV series would…

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