Joydel Trail – Japan

The promise of internet access sealed the deal. Never mind the Divine events that led to me taking a 24-hour trip half-way across the world to fulfill “the Great Commission.” See, though I’d lived in four other countries, and encountered many different people, cultures, and places, this would be different, and I needed the assurance…

Joe Mixon – Palau

First week of school was a success. Long, but fun. I’d say that I am slowly getting used to teaching.  However, learning from lectures in the past have certainly influenced me. Now I am finding it a bit hard to incorporate visuals into my lessons. I’m working on that. I have been having trouble with…

Devotional: Autumn-Hearts

Well…for those of you serving in countries which have few seasons, I hope talking about Fall and pumpkin pie and apple-picking does not make you too homesick.  Ok, I won’t talk about the food, but here in Maryland, Fall has begun painting the tips of branches, and the colors are getting a little bolder, a…

Damaris Matthews – China

I’m getting to know my students and tried to do some organizing of the classes on paper which took up a good bit of my time. So confusing when each student can write their name 4 different ways – characters, family name first, English name first or the whole thing written in pinyin. How was I…

Renee Vaughn-Beaulieu – Poland

With each day that passes everything happening seems to be turning into my life. Maybe that sentence doesn’t make sense. Let me explain. When I first got to Poland, EVERYTHING was a new experience. From the smaller things like crossing the street, to the bigger things like hearing the Polish language 24/7 and meeting all…

Mikayla Baird – Chad

28 September Last night I sat down to enjoy my first evening meal with my Tchadian family. They were serving beans and rice. Or so I thought. There was a rainstorm in progress so we were inside enjoying our meal on the dark, due to the absence of electricity. It was quite delicious actually. So…

Devotional: Waiting with Hope

What are you waiting for?  What is it that keeps your breath and heart suspended, your eyes searching the skies for a tiny cloud of hope?  What keeps your mind racing in circles chasing down the elusive “answer”?  What is it that you’re waiting for, but quit expecting long ago?  What is it that, when…