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Connection
Connection is a daily devotional to encourage women in their faith and life overseas. It brings the Word of God and conversation with sisters into their day-to-day lives.
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A Place To Belong

December 03, 2021
BELONGING Adoption
I have always belonged. To a family, a church, a group of friends. I have grown up as a daughter, a sister, a grandchild, and a niece. Now I am a wife, a mother, and an aunt. In other words, I have always been somebody to somebody. I have always b...
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  • by JILLIAN KITTRELL
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A Person to Call Home

December 02, 2021
BELONGING Culture adjustment Feeling known & understood Lack of “home” Transitions Isolation & loneliness Discouragement
It’s hard to define what belonging looks like, but it’s easy to spot what it feels like to be left out. Feelings of loneliness and a longing to belong can be especially prevalent on the mission field. When you leave your home for a new place, it c...
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  • by CARISSA JOY STRUM
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Fan the Flame

December 01, 2021
BELONGING Close friendships overseas Connecting with nationals Identity in Christ Intercultural relationships Feeling connected to those back home Purpose
Have you ever done a life mapping exercise that marks pivotal points in your spiritual journey? I've done a couple, and each time, reflecting on my past reveals long-forgotten experiences that are integral to my spiritual legacy. One poignant memo...
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  • by SHIRLEY RALSTON
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Embracing the Awkward

November 30, 2021
BELONGING Connecting with nationals Feeling known & understood Isolation & loneliness Identity in Christ
High-performance cars are praised by speed enthusiasts for going from zero to sixty mph in six seconds. Interestingly, I find I can go from feelings of belonging to estrangement just as quickly.  Events outside me may trigger these feelings, but t...
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  • by CHRISSY WINSLOW
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