Conquering the Intercession Fatigue that Cultural Stress Creates

Have you ever experienced "intercession fatigue" due to frustration, negativity, and even anger towards those whom God has clearly called you to love and serve? I have. This can often be of particular challenge to cross-cultural missionaries due to culture stress. Most long-term missionaries work through the grueling process of culture shock as they make a new country their home, …

The Week Our Neighbor Died, Here in Our Small Village

Last weekend our neighbor died. I'm still thinking about it because the circumstances around his death and the response to his death are nothing I've ever experienced.  And, it was our children's first encounter with death, up-close. Beto was 23.  He was born and lived his entire life in this little village called Cacalotepec (population: 700) …

Understanding Money in Relation to Missionaries: What You Need to Know

In June, while in Texas, I met a writer-friend in a chic little coffee shop.  Jackie leaned forward and urged me with southern drama and drawl, "You gotta write out the things that scare you the worst because those are the things that people need to hear the most." Just days before this, our family …

What It’s Like for a Missionary Family to Return to the US on Furlough After Their First Term

My family and I have lived in Mexico for the past four years. In the last 48 months, we've only been back to the States for about 7 weeks.  This means that over 96% of our previous four years of life has been lived in Mexico. Our friends are there.  Our pets are there.  Our memories …

The Night Jesus Came Off the Streets and into our Home through a Woman named Salome

This year, my daily morning prayer goes something like this: "I'm all yours, Jesus.  I trust you.  Fill me afresh Holy Spirit.  Empower me to be love.  Whatever, Papa God, whatever you desire today.  Whomever you send to me today. Wherever you call me, I'll go. Whatever you ask of me, I will give. Let me …