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Recent Baptisms in Mibu

Missionary Blogs - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 03:56
For all our friends who may not be following us yet on facebook, here's some exciting news and photos about the recent baptisms in Mibu!This last Friday morning twenty-nine people wanted to publicly...

An oily puddle

Missionary Blogs - 7 hours 42 min ago
Summer heat, humidity, and a cold with the usual accompanying asthma are sapping my energy and motivation at present. Add those to limited internet access and my blogging has fallen by the wayside....

Waiting for Surgery

Missionary Blogs - 8 hours 16 min ago
As I type, I am currently sitting on a hospital bed with the sweetest little 4 year old boy I have ever met. K is VERY happily playing on Kirsten's iPad driving cars, building with virtual Legos, and...

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Missionary Blogs - 8 hours 16 min ago
As I type, I am currently sitting on a hospital bed with the sweetest little 4 year old boy I have ever met. K is VERY happily playing on Kirsten's iPad driving cars, building with virtual Legos, and...

Sin’s Here— Part Two

Ben Witherington - Bible and Culture - 18 hours 38 min ago
It comes as a surprise to some that there are gradations of sin according to the Bible. There are more serious and less serious sins, which is the basis of the later distinction between mortal and venial sins. It comes as even more of a surprise to many that there is no atonement in the [Read More...]

hey, me and the guys are getting the blog back together…

Missionary Blogs - 19 hours 54 min ago
I had brisket for dinner tonight. [Is that a strange first sentence for my first blog post in two years?] And it was delicious. [You see, though, the second sentence wouldn’t have made any...

Looking Back and a Heads-Up

Missionary Blogs - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 16:36
I've got a pretty old printer. It works fine, just takes its time. So I thought it might be fun to crank out a blog post while each page prints. :) I think my printer probably has me beat at wpm,...

Parents' Day

Missionary Blogs - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 03:29
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, instead of having a Mothers' Day and a Fathers' Day, there is one public holiday for both called Parents' Day, which is today. There are many similarities between...

Sin’s Here—- Part One

Ben Witherington - Bible and Culture - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 02:05
Sin is a huge topic. We will certainly not be able to do more than scratch the surface in these posts. And of course part of the problem is when you make a list of sins, some people will see this as a ‘to do’ list, or at least a ‘to attempt’ list. Such is [Read More...]

Mr. Holmes— The Drama of the Summer

Ben Witherington - Bible and Culture - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 21:49
In a summer season where the paucity of good movies has reminded me of an old actor in many old Westerns, namely Slim Pickins, finally, finally, there is a wonderful drama that everyone, young and old, should enjoy— Mr. Holmes, starring Ian McKellen (of Gandalf fame) and the wonderful Laura Linney, here playing Mrs. Munro [Read More...]

More questions ANSWERED

Missionary Blogs - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 09:12
My Facebook friend asked me more questions, and I give more answers to things that might interest you. If you want to read the first list of questions and answers read this blog post. Here are...

The Trials and Tribulations of Temptations– Part Four

Ben Witherington - Bible and Culture - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 02:50
It was Socrates who insisted ‘know thyself’, which seems to be advice that all too often Christians, including ministers ignore. Have you ever sat down and done a ‘weaknesses and strengths’ inventory of yourself, with the outside assistance of those who know you the best? If you haven’t you should do this. Identifying weaknesses, the [Read More...]

Today I was asked some very good questions...

Missionary Blogs - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 02:48
Today, a Facebook friend has asked me some questions that perhaps you have thought of asking as well, but didn't have the nerve like WHY do I say bio-kids and differentiate, and why do I home school...

Dear Mama, How to Fill Your Cup When Your Hands Are Full: A Change in Perspective {+ a Giveaway & Printable}

Missionary Blogs - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 22:01
I was quite the spiritual person when I was in high school and college. My spirituality started shaking a bit after I'd been married a few months.But my spirituality took an absolute nose-dive...

...is it still revenge?

Missionary Blogs - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 19:00
One of the participants hard at work in the workshop“What do I do when evil spirits text me on my mobile phone?” “If someone else takes revenge for me, is it still taking revenge?” “Does God protect...

What if Mother Teresa hated her thighs?

Jamie The Very Worst Missionary - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 16:48

So, I recently posted this to my Facebook page:

I saw it in a friend's Instagram feed and I had to share it because it's so funny and true, right?!
But as the likes rolled in and the shares stack up, I started to wonder if it was actually true. I mean, did Mother Teresa complain about her thighs? Did she ever wish she was taller? That she had a smaller nose? Or a longer neck? Or bigger eyes, or whatever? Did she ever lament, even a little teeny bit, the lines on her face growing deeper, or the skin on the backs of her hands turning paper thin?
Yeah. I doubt it, too. 
Given the nature and scope of her work, I think the meme is probably based in truth. Her life is so well documented, we can say with integrity that Mother Teresa wasn't much of a complainer. We know she wasn't distracted by silly, frivolous things, like outward appearances, and she didn't believe in the accumulation of personal wealth or material possessions. So, I think we can safely assume she didn't lay in bed at night reading magazine articles about eyebrow shaping and body hair removal. Plus, to be blunt, when you live among the starving and the dying, "thigh gap" means something completely different.
But part of me kind of hopes that, at least once in a while, she sat around with the other nuns after dinner or between vespers or whatever nuns do, remarking about the way human flesh turns to turkey skin in our old age, or comparing leg hair length, or standing side by side, wrapped in their matching cotton saris, for a friendly round of "Who Wore it Better?"  -- I love the idea mostly because it would be funny, but also because that's what I would do.
I don't think she did, but what if Mother Teresa hated her thighs? Would her good work be any less good? I guess I'd just like to believe it's possible that that heroic, saintly lady and I could share this common thread of womanhood. Because I hate my thighs, I really do, and I don't see that changing any time soon, but I want to get shit done. 
Mother Teresa was a woman consumed by things that matter. And she got shit done.
I am a woman consumed by a contradictory mess of things (from unicorn poop to sex-trafficking, from materialistic wants to felt needs, from what is social to what is spiritual, from Instagram to the impoverished to Instagraming the impoverished. I can go from crying over our messy world to worrying over a messy bun in .02 seconds flat). And I'm getting almost zero shit done.
But maybe there's still hope for a shallow, flippant, wannabe world-changer, like me. Because, while I believe that as a very young woman Mama T was consumed to the point of action, I wonder if maybe I could act to the point of consumption. Like, maybe for a while I can get shit done AND want to look good doing it. And maybe as I invest myself in what matters most, what matters most will intertwine itself in me. I've wasted too much time already being the chick who thinks she's not worthy to do good work until she quits complaining about her thighs. So maybe it's time for me to say "Fuck it. I've got shit to do", and then go shave my legs, put on some makeup, blow dry my hair, change clothes three times, and get out there to serve. 
My meme certainly won't be as impressive or inspiring, but if I can help the next insecure, self-absorbed, easily distracted person get up, get fabulous, and get to work on making the world a better place, then my job here is done.

The Beginning of Something Bigger: by guest blogger - Joanna Marshall

Missionary Blogs - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 14:32
What a joy to have another guest blogger this week!  My heart sings to see those that the Lord calls to Mexico,obey His call and then share His marvelous works with others!  Today's blog...

Tumultuous Urgency

Missionary Blogs - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 12:00
Urgency with inner tumult, that’s what I felt when Dayle was very ill, especially when she was having heart arrhythmia that was frightening her and when she woke so dehydrated that she...

The Trials and Tribulations of Temptations– Part Three

Ben Witherington - Bible and Culture - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 02:32
This post will concentrate on some happier news. To be tempted is not the same as to sin. Temptation itself is not sin, though it can certainly lead to sin. Jesus was tempted like us in every respect, save he did not sin, and was not a sinner (Heb.4.15). Jesus could empathize with our weaknesses, [Read More...]

Greetings from El Salvador! July 2015

Missionary Blogs - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 13:57
Ephesians 1:3 Redemption in Christ 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, Just a note to let you...
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