Unresolved Conflict – Living in South Korea

Yesterday, a group of students announced to me that North Korea was going to bomb us the day after tomorrow. “According to who?” I asked. But they were all chattering at me and each other in Korean a million miles a minute, and I was struggling to catch up.

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Good Morning Baltimore

Tomorrow I’ll say one last good morning to Baltimore and then it will be goodbye. Vacation is over. On this trip home, my third since moving to Korea, I’ve realized more than ever that America and Maryland and Baltimore really aren’t my “home” anymore. (Living out of a suitcase in a room without a ceiling light helps you […]

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Culture, Identity, and Blood

On the last leg of my journey from Korea to home, a flight from Dallas to Baltimore, I found myself seated next to an Asian woman––the only other Asian on the plane. As I sat down, I noticed she was reading a book in Korean. I was sitting next to a Korean! I slept throughout most of […]

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In the Midst of Tragedy

There are still hundreds of people missing from the terrible ferry boat incident that happened in Korea last week. Thousands and millions of people are still glued to the news and reeling from the roller coaster of emotions. Hope for survivors, sorrow for the lives lost, frustration about the obstacles to rescuing people and finding answers. Many are searching […]

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Heirs

I’ve been thinking about money and power lately. Mostly because of this Korean drama I’m watching, Heirs. Some of the realities of this world really disturb me. The cruelty that exists. The injustice and unkindness. The entitlement people feel, and the way people grind down those below them instead of trying to help them. It […]

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Busan: Responding to the Call

Weekend Trip Last weekend I visited Busan (my future home) for the very first time, and I gained a lot of clarity. Saturday night, the pastor down there exhorted my team to hold onto our calling to Busan. Yes, we are being sent by our church, but ultimately we are being sent by God. When rough patches come that […]

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Back in the USA (just for a visit)

Just landed in Dulles airport this morning! Can’t believe it’s been a year since I’ve stepped foot in the USㅡit didn’t really hit me until I told the immigration official that this morning. I can’t even describe the strangeness of exiting the airport today and realizing I was in the US of A. I felt […]

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Joining a Gym in Korea

Last week, I finally joined a gym here in Korea! Best decision ever! I had been telling myself that I didn’t have time to go to the gym, but basically all it took was getting up earlier, and then I found I magically had plenty of time for everything! (Getting to bed early is always […]

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