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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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Lord, Teach Me to Dance

September 22, 2023
HOSPITALITY Culture adjustment Culture shock Connecting with nationals Serving joyfully
Many of you, like me, have been thrust into a setting where the dance of hospitality is cumbersome with complicated steps you never anticipated knowing nor needing. The first time I was introduced to the rules of etiquette in my host country, I sc...
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C'mon In

September 21, 2023
HOSPITALITY Connecting with nationals Finding community Reflecting God
For years in Uganda, I worked with refugees, and sometimes brought my children. Something inside felt tickled pink when the purple-black, marionette-like form of a Sudanese immigrant enveloped one of my blue-eyed, blonde kids. 
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"Well, Honey ..."

September 20, 2023
HOSPITALITY Rest Re-entry Burn out Overwhelmed Expectations Feeling connected to those back home Feeling known & understood Culture shock Culture adjustment
The time finally arrived for my four-month furlough—a time I would spend in 11 different cities with nine different host families—a time to not only reconnect with ministry partners and dear, long-time friends, but as circumstances would orchestra...
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Hospitality from the Heart

September 19, 2023
HOSPITALITY Compassion Reflecting God
Being hospitable as believers isn’t just about welcoming people into our homes but also welcoming them into our hearts and exemplifying the gospel. Jesus didn’t even have a home to call His own, but he was very hospitable. This concept leads me to...
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