Les Sillars on Living as a Stranger in a Stranger Land
I don't pretend to be a man of exemplary faith, but as a western Canadian living in the United States, I can at times relate to Abraham, a "stranger in a foreign country." We've sojourned here for some time, having lived in Virginia for twelve years now, and prior to that, for six years in Texas (some would say that's like living in a foreign country, but I digress).
We have a heartfelt conviction that this is where God would have us. My wife and I are both grateful to minister at a Christian college. We have a terrific church, wonderful friends, and all in all, a very comfortable life. But sometimes we're reminded that this is not our home country. People often inform me that they can tell I'm Canadian by my accent: "Y'all sez oot 'n aboot 'stead of owt 'n abowt." "Well, yes," I say, "apparently I do."
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Les Sillars teaches journalism at Patrick Henry College and is on staff at WORLD magazine; his first book, Intended for Evil: A Survivor's Story of Love, Faith, and Courage in the Cambodian Killing Fields, was released by Baker in 2016.
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