A new pair of glasses

Yesterday I posted about the importance of being more Christian than American. I’ve found that one of the best ways to make this shift is to remain involved in other countries and cultures.

The best way to shift our perspective is to pick up a new pair of glasses!

If you think you might need a new prescription, a great place to start is to make some new friends and listen to their stories. After all, we’re far more impacted by a few people and their stories than we are by millions of people and statistics. To get you moving in a good direction, I’d like to introduce you to some of my friends, and in so doing offer you some of the lenses through which I look at the US and the rest of the world.

Voice of the Martyrs
VOM should be required reading for all Christians living in the US. It is dedicated to assisting the persecuted church worldwide, chiefly by spreading the message of the atrocities that Christians face in restricted nations, while establishing a network of offices dedicated to assisting the persecuted church. You will never look at your life the same again after regularly reading this website. If you only read one thing online today, it should be VOM.

Land of our Sojourn
A friend’s blog who lives as a missionaries in SE Asia, in a Muslim context. They don’t say which country, and at times their blog is a bit vague for safety reasons. He and his wife post regularly about their experiences, faith, and lessons from raising a family in a very different culture. We learn more about our own culture simply by peering over their shoulder as they learn more about theirs.

Beautiful Feet
These friends live in Beirut: he teaches at a seminary, she works in a home for abused girls, and they both raise their two little girls. Again, a mixture of fun observations and deeply profound theological insights. A recent post described a discussion with an Egyptian couple about how their understanding of the Trinity impacts their involvement in the political situation in Cairo.

This Life I Live
These are friends of mine who in the process of moving their family to Thailand. We get to take a peak at the process from the outside, learning what it actually takes to not just change our glasses, but our actual address!! I’m hopeful that a few of us will catch the fever!

I hope these (and others) help you to see as clearly as they are helping me!

Notable Mentions:
http://www.allafrica.com
http://www.bbc.com
http://www.cnn.com/WORLD

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About Tim Owens

I'm a husband, father, and Christ follower. I also live in Albany, NY, where I work as a pastor.
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