I’m very happy to be sharing over at A Life Overseas blog about what it’s like returning to live in my home country after more than 6 years away. ♦ It’s hard being back. They call it re-entry shock – the special kind of culture shock that happens when you’re back in your own culture … Continue reading Coming Back from Narnia : What Re-Entry Feels Like – A Post for A Live Overseas
Excited to be sharing today over at Scraping Raisins about a subject I love and also wrestle with – shopping ethically. There are good reasons to (it doesn’t support companies that rely on slavery and oppression of poor people), but it is also not as simple or straightforward as it might seem. There are some … Continue reading Three Reasons to Shop Ethically … and Four Reasons Not To – A Guest Post on Scraping Raisins
This is the fourth and final installment in the miniseries called “Missions Organizations Have Cracks.” For more context please see part 1 where I share a truncated version of a letter I wrote to my former missions organization detailing what I feel were structural breakdowns that led to my chronic health issues. In part 2 … Continue reading Missons Organizations Have Cracks [Part 4] – Do I Regret Going?
This is Part 3 of the miniseries Missions Organizations Have Cracks. To frame the context of this post a bit better feel free to check out Part 1 where I share the gist of a letter I wrote to my former missions organization highlighting what I felt were institutional failures that led to the chronic … Continue reading Missions Organizations Have Cracks [Part 3]: Are We Asking the Right Questions?
A few months ago, I wrote a letter to the mission’s organization I was overseas with for more than 6 years. This letter, which you can read the gist of here, detailed what I felt were institutional failures that led to my being sick and burned out, and, ultimately, what took me off the field … Continue reading Missions Organizations Have Cracks [Part 2] – My Response to Their Response
I’m very excited to be sharing over at The Salt Collective today! ♦ Until recently, we at least thought we could hold our breaths until citizenship. And then, under the new administration, there’s been an unprecedented spike of “denaturalization’s” – as a New Yorker headline disturbingly put it, ‘In America, Naturalized Citizens No Longer Have an … Continue reading For My Immigrant Husband & Refugee Friends, the Damage is Already Done – A Post on The Salt Collective
A few months ago I wrote a letter to the missions organization that I was with for just under 10 years, and overseas for just over 6. What you have below is a slightly modified and truncated version of the letter, with specific persons and details removed. I share this in the hopes that it … Continue reading Missions Organizations Have Cracks: Highlights from One Who Survived the Fall. (Part 1)
I’m so excited to be sharing over at The Mudroom! I’m a healthy-looking person with a chronic health problem. It sprung up as a result of some very traumatic and stressful years in overseas ministry. I’m trying really hard to help my body right itself, but I have a condition that is generally considered by … Continue reading The Hope & Fear Cycle of Chronic Illness – A Post on The Mudroom
Thrilled to be sharing over at Scraping Raisins Blog today! ♦ I’ve always been a maker. I can’t help myself. I’m an extremely tactile person. I love doing things with my hands and if I see something I think I could make myself, I absolutely want to teach myself how to do it. I thought … Continue reading Why I Paint African Faces – A Guest Post on Scraping Raisins Blog
As a teenage girl I was pretty sure that having sex before marriage was the worst sin I could possibly commit. I probably thought this because sexual sin was what youth group, church rallies, and Christian books for teens talked about a lot. In recent years there has been a great deal of talk about … Continue reading What if the Church had a Different Favorite Sin?