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?
I have a favorite kind of person. I know we’re all God’s children and we’re not supposed to have favorites, but I do. My favorite people are those who have suffered and it has strengthened and weakened them in the right ways. I love the hope found in people who have suffered and are still … Continue reading To the road that crushed my white middle-class assuredness and naiveté – I thank you.
Back in September I wrote a piece for SheLoves Magazine about how working with those on the margins completely undid me, and how some days I look around at all the suffering in the world, it straps like a weight to my chest, and all I can do is grieve. Towards the end I write … Continue reading Good Manners ≠ Kingdom Come