By Scott Bessenecker

My grandmother was doing some genealogical research on her maternal ancestors. This was quite some time after her mother had passed away. When she asked for the record of births for the year...

Tags: Justice
By Jack Voelkel

One evening, Ramon Llull sat cradling his lute, his nimble fingers piecing out an erotic love song to Ambrosia, a high born married woman who was resisting his persistent advances. Llull was...

By Jack Voelkel

While any such list will inevitably leave many key missionaries out, the following names are ones any aspiring missionary should be familiar with. Their stories provide a through-line to the...

shaylene asked: since there is such a greater need for missionaries in RAN countries, do you think its a good idea for people to do kind of there first internship experience on their own in a...

By Scott Bessenecker

Going to maximum security prison on a regular basis has a way of keeping one grounded. Social insulation is so easy to accumulate. Whether I intentionally keep myself in middle class, educated...

Tags: Growth
By Haley Compean

Eating dinner in Kiboko Bay (Hippo Bay) changed my life. Not so much because of what I ate, but because of what ate me. In a restaurant surrounded by signs warning of the dangers of the second...

By Jacci Turner

Nobody likes to sit in a waiting room. We might not mind for a few minutes while we catch up on favorite magazines, but after that, we get antsy and impatient and start to think uncharitable...

By Sam Thomas

My grandfather died when my father was 6 years old. After that, my father earned some money for the family by working at a fruit stand every day after school. After serving in the Navy during...

Tags: Growth
By Heidi Muller

I don’t get restless. I settle in. So my plans to grow old in the ‘hood, and to always be easily located in the rocker on my front porch were unpleasantly upended when Todd’s restlessness began.

By Scott Bessenecker

The heat of Cairo in the summer can be unforgiving. When added to the smells in the garbage village, zeal melts into lethargy. I remember climbing the hill inside this garbage-collectors...

Tags: Justice

Caroline asked: What are some of the hardships and responsibilities of being a missionary? Jack Answered: Thank you, Caroline, for your question. I am sending you a rather long answer, which...

Tags: Growth
By Duane Elmer

InCross-Cultural Servanthood, I walk through a linear model for serving cross-culturally that has evolved over a decade of talks with church leaders around the world, through reading the...

Tags: Growth
By Scott Bessenecker

I’ve been wondering lately how the utilization of for-profit language in the world of church and mission shape how we think about our faith and our mission. Many churches and most mission...

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