The Missionary Life and Frequent Farewells

The Missionary Life and Frequent Farewells

My sister’s last call from the airport has become an annual tradition. It marks the end of summer for me as much as back to school sales and football season. Tanya calls to tell me goodbye before her family travels for 36 hours to settle back into their way of life in...
When Hyper-Vigilance isn’t ready to let go

When Hyper-Vigilance isn’t ready to let go

Hey, friends! Today I’m writing for Velvet Ashes—a great website that builds community among cross cultural workers around the world. This week their theme is “sleep”, so I’ve shared a little about an unwanted sleeping companion who joined me while we lived in...
When Jesus says, “Go home to your family.”

When Jesus says, “Go home to your family.”

“Go into all the world.” Most of us are familiar with those parting words of Jesus. But what if the “world” Jesus wants you to go to is your family at home? This week I read a story in Mark about a man who was eager to travel to new lands with Jesus, but Jesus stopped...
“Now What?” – A workbook to reflect on short-term mission trips

“Now What?” – A workbook to reflect on short-term mission trips

Did you go on a mission trip this summer? Or maybe you know someone who did? Summer mission trips are as common today as summer youth camp was when I was kid. We stamp the passport and hold babies in the orphanage, organize summer camps for the underprivileged, clean...
Top 10 posts from the Greenhouse – 3 year blogiversary

Top 10 posts from the Greenhouse – 3 year blogiversary

Hey friends! The Greenhouse has a new look! This summer is my 3 year anniversary for blogging at the Greenhouse, so it was time for some rearranging. I needed to update some structural details (this techy stuff is not my strength!), and I did some organizing and...