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Missionaries of Color: Loss or Gain?

How I, an African-American, reconcile going abroad when there is work to be done at home. By Adrainne Gray Most people called into missions or humanitarian work will have to sacrifice or leave behind something. Typically those sacrifices are comforts

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Our First Christmas in the Holy Land
Things Are Different Here

By Ben Gray and Everett Gray It is probably one of the most obvious things in the world, but there are lots of things that are very different in Jerusalem than in Atlanta. Now that we’ve hit our one-month anniversary

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The Gate to Tel Aviv

We approach gate 41 to Tel Aviv and the sight of yarmulkes, black flat brimmed hats and shin-length skirts grab my attention before I truly notice the gate number. I smile and quietly tell Ben, “I think this is our gate.” Gate

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I Don’t Belong

By Adrainne Gray After a late night flight from Chicago, we take an Uber from the airport to our empty house in Atlanta. We arrive at our house, a cathedral without its members. The invisible waves of chants and prayers

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I’m a Missionary… But It’s Not What You Think

By Ben Gray As I spread the news that our family was headed to Palestine, what I told people depended on the context in which I knew them. At work I told people that we were moving to Jerusalem to

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The Transition

By Adrainne Gray Transitioning is the time between one country and the next. I am happy to say, after unforeseen delays, our visas have finally been approved by the Israeli Ministry of Interior. We are scheduled to depart August 9.

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The Excitement of Leaving

When we tell our friends and acquaintances that we are moving the entire family to Jerusalem they often say “Oh, how exciting!” For several weeks I’ve had trouble recognizing the emotion I feel as excitement. From the moment we officially accepted the assignment we

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The Process of Leaving

In the book “Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds” authors, Pollock and Van Reken, designate three stages in preparing to live outside of your country of origin: Leaving, Transitioning, Entering. Within those stages Third Culture people (people who have a

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