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Refugees and Immigrants: Hearing Their Stories; Provocative Joy

Refugees and Immigrants: Hearing Their Stories

You are probably the accepting type, the type who grins when you see a sign stating, “You are welcome here” on a store front, but feels grieved that it has to be explicitly stated. You probably want to love everyone equally, because that’s what Jesus did. Maybe you want to follow some of the Bible’s […] Read more…

4 Ways Living Abroad Changed Me; Provocative Joy; West Africa; Volunteering Overseas; Mercy Ships

4 Ways Living Abroad Changed Me

I’m 2 months into the re-entry process! It’s not that hard, but it can be. I’m not crying every day, but sometimes I wish I was because it’d be easier to explain. It’s been a mostly wonderful time, speckled with some really difficult interactions. Most of the culture shock subsided pretty quickly, and now I’m left […] Read more…

Moving Home: Why I Loved Intermissionary

I doubt anyone noticed, but I’ve been majorly MIA for TWO whole months! Consistency on the blog during summer is a challenge because my routine is all over the place. Last summer I took an unintended blog hiatus for two months (although I wrote about culture shock and re-entry afterwards), and the same thing happened […] Read more…

Thank You Benin

I left Benin 2 months ago. It already feels like an eternity. I’ve already started to forget things. The feeling I hold on to is the one that consumed me as we pulled away from the Cotonou dock, “I have to come back here” and, “Will I ever meet people as amazing as the ones […] Read more…

Moving Home: Keepsakes to Cherish; Provocative Joy

Moving Home: 4 (Cultural) Keepsakes to Treasure

I use affiliate links, which means I’ll earn some cash if you purchase from this link. I only link to products I love that I hope you find useful. This helps support my obsession with blogging and helping you live unconventionally. The one month countdown is in 3 days, and the time to set sail […] Read more…

Moving Home: Using a Capsule Wardrobe to Simplify

Last week was the first week of the “Moving Home” series because I’m hitting the road and heading back to the U.S. after 3 years on board a hospital ship. I’m sharing all the things I’m learning and doing in the midst of this transition. Keep an eye on my Facebook page where I’m consistently sharing […] Read more…

Choosing a New City: Things to Consider; Provocative Joy; Moving Home Series

Moving Home: Choosing a New City

I am thinking about home all the time these days! If you’re new here, you should know that I’ve been living on a ship for the past 3 years. Yes, a real ship with portholes, toilets that make loud sucking noises, and watertight sliding doors (like in Titanic). Three years and this season is coming […] Read more…

Why I’m Going Home: Thoughts on Leaving Mercy Ships

Two years ago I had to make a decision. It was the first major decision of our 2-year marriage where we both wanted completely different things. I wanted to leave the Africa Mercy and he wanted to stay. Fast forward two years and we are still here! Time is measured here in units of “commitments”. Everyone […] Read more…

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