Have You Seen? {June 13th, 2021}

Last Week’s Theme: Should I Stay?

Longing for Certainty by Laura Cerbus—”Questions of staying, for the cross-cultural worker, can form a complicated mess of predictions, responsibilities, and desires. What may happen, what we should do, what we want to do—these are usually complex and weighty issues, made even more so by the pandemic.”

Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust {Book Club} by Rachel Kahindi—”How do you decide whom to trust? If it’s someone you know well, you can use their track record. You know you can trust people who have proven themselves honest, and not people who are habitually deceptive. It’s more difficult with strangers. You don’t have history to fall back on.”

A Liturgy for Staying by Heather Fallis—”When it all feels like too much and life here has become more surviving than thriving, Merciful Jesus, help me rediscover the abundant life you offer that isn’t dependent on my location but rather on my posture.” 

Long-Term Investment + Baked Oatmeal by Ashley Felder—”8 years ago I wanted nothing more than to go “home.” I’m so grateful God broke down my stubbornness to lead me to stick it out and dive into language study. I’m still nowhere near fluent, but the ability to have conversations with neighbors, friends and colleagues is invaluable.”

From Around the Web

A Poem for Our Pandemic Fears

A Liturgy for Travel by Plane

Our Creator God.

Taking Route Podcast with Rachel Pieh Jones

Finally, A Remedy for Hearts Distracted by Comparison

And Now For Next Week

The theme is…

Did you feel the longing last week? The heaviness?

Questions about staying or going are not simple. They can bring freedom and pain and a host of additional questions that weigh on our hearts and minds.

Last week we wrestled with the question, “Should I stay?” Now we will turn to the question, “Should I go?”

It might feel like a minefield, figuring out how and when to do home assignment or leave for the field as some borders open but others remain closed. In the midst of all that is happening in our world, how do you begin to make a decision to leave the field for good? What is it like when those decisions are made for you?

Thank you for sharing so honestly in the comments this last week! We are grateful for this space through blog posts and social media posts to hear from one another and open up our hearts. Let us know how we can walk with you as you ask, “Should I go?”

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