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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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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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