Hello, hello!

I’m Beth, a writer, illustrator, failed missionary, recovering white savior and wannabe homesteader. I spent six years working with vulnerable children and refugees in North Africa and South Sudan. In those years I experienced some extreme situations: interrogation, expulsion, and evacuation from war. I now live in Baltimore with my British immigrant husband, where I work with refugees and asylum seekers, grow vegetables, and do my best to keep flailing awkwardly into neighbor love.

Here on the blog I write about living toward the kingdom of God wherever we find ourselves, seeking justice, and finding neighbors all around us–even in places we didn’t know to look.

My Top Posts

If you’re new here, you might want to start by checking out a few of my top posts:

The Privilege of Stress

Is it time to fix the road to Jericho?

In Defense of Christian Fret & Criticism

Dear Pastor Speaking About Islam: An Open Letter

My Husband is an Immigrant (& he has been thoroughly vetted to be here.)

Please Stop Quoting Jeremiah 29:11 to Me

Stay in Touch

I send out A Neighborly Newsletter, every two weeks, where I round up bits of the internet, and thoughts that challenge, encourage, and, hopefully help us recognize and value our neighbors, and even our enemies, near and far. You can sign up for that here.

My E-Book

If you’d like to learn more about my life overseas, and what I learned about fear, you can download my free e-book For the Moments I Feel Faint: Reflections on Fear & Showing Up here.


You can also find me on TwitterPinterestFacebook, and Instagram.

Feel free to contact me at iambethwatkins (at) gmail (dot) com.

Very happy you’re here! Thanks for stopping by!

Please note, all artwork on the website is my own, unless otherwise noted. Please do not use without permission.