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When the Foundation Shakes

Quick link: Is Jesus a Liar

Today I’m writing at A Life Overseas about the foundational convictions I clung to when we moved to Africa. It is a repost, originally published on Relevant.com

Here we are at the airport, leaving. It seems so long ago and not so long ago and I’ve learned some things in the intervening years.


Jesus promised some things and I came to Africa expecting, needing him to fulfill those promises. I thought the promises were that life would be fascinating, challenging (but not quite death-defyingly difficult) and meaningful. I thought I would feel reasonably comfortable and useful, that I would be able to mask my weaknesses. But then things got hard. There was an emergency evacuation, a deadly flood, a car accident, a move to my third country in less than a year. Sick childrenloneliness, futility, oppressive heat. And I started to wonder. Had I misunderstood? Or was Jesus a liar?

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One Comment

  1. Steve Smith July 14, 2014 at 9:54 am - Reply

    Pretty normal these days….at least since the days of boat trips from Aus/NZ to the tropics. Flying makes the transitions extremely fast. Going up the mountain also does that as In India when we went on holidays or to take the children to school.
    Slow is not the way these days and we do pay for it. Also speed means no meditation or gradual adjustment.
    It is not something that we can prepare people for so every generation of cross cultural workers tend to write about the same things trying to share the shock.
    There are going to be some interesting posts from those who may get to Mars (on their one way trip) in their tiny cocoons then seek to set up Camp!

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