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On the Road Again

Posted on: September 15th, 2014 by Liz Schandorff  |  Leave a comment

Jacob's-first-day-of-school...-in-the-carI’m a road-tripping, homeschooling mama… and I love it!

I can tell you where to find the best playground in California, the best milkshake in Idaho, and the prettiest back roads in Colorado. I can entertain and educate my kids all over the country… for free (Let’s just go ahead and have a moment of silence for whoever created the Junior Ranger program in our National Parks, shall we?). I know how to pack a car to its gills without everything falling out when you open the back hatch and how to squeeze a few educational moments into a 10-minute stop at a gas station. I am officially a road-tripping, homeschooling mama.

Some days it drives me crazy (I may or may not have recently offered my four-year-old a piece of candy to be quiet instead of helping him resolve his backseat conflict with his older brother… ahem!) but mostly I love it. It’s one of the hidden perks of being a missionary: every few years we get paid to travel around the country to visit with people we love and share with them the things we are passionate about.

Moody AviationOur current road trip spans eight states and one Canadian province, and I am taking full advantage of the range of our travel as I home-educate my children. Of course, there is the grunt work of workbooks in the car, but we also get to do cool things like tour Moody Aviation in Spokane, WA, where many of MAF’s pilots are trained. We’re currently reading up on Redwood trees, the ocean, and the desert, in anticipation of traveling through Northern, Central and Southern California. We will take field trips to zoos and aquariums and possibly even Legoland (how to make this educational… aha… it’s engineering!).

It’s a crazy lifestyle and sometimes my brain has trouble keeping up (which state am I starting the day in, and in which state will I end the day?), but I wouldn’t have it any other way.


The Schandorff family is currently on furlough here in the States, and their nomadic lifestyle is typical of missionaries who are taking a break from field ministry to visit with their supporters, family, and friends.

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It’s All About Context

Posted on: September 11th, 2014 by Jill Holmes  |  1 Comment

For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison.” — 2 Corinthians 4:17

Did you know that the word for “jail” and the word for “chair” in Portuguese are very similar? Neither did I, until recently. I was involved in a car accident here in Mozambique that… [Read full post.]

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Collision Story

Posted on: September 3rd, 2014 by Jim Manley  |  Leave a comment

When opposites collide, fragments fly. Order degenerates to chaos. No wonder we fight to avoid crashes. Take, for instance, the contradiction between the two ways people process information—literate-style and oral-style. Neither intelligence nor education matters. Twenty percent of us in the world would rather read than listen, but 80% would rather listen than read. We spend years mastering literate-style, but acquire oral-style as babies…. [Read full post.]

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Confessions from Underground

Posted on: August 27th, 2014 by Lady M  |  2 Comments

As the last person arrives, the turn of the key locks the gate. The curtains are drawn. We’re all here. All 15 of us. We’re gathered together to worship Jesus as a group … in secret. This is how our church service begins each week.

We live where freedom of worship is illegal…. [Read full post.]


Who’s In Control?

Posted on: August 25th, 2014 by Linda Ringenberg  |  Leave a comment

Lately I feel like God’s gentle hand has highlighted an area of my life where He wants me to go deeper— daily obedience. Recently He has been presenting me with this question: “Who is in control of your life right now?” And I had to answer “me.” … [Read full post.]

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