Over the last year, I’ve been reading a book about raising healthy TCKs (Third Culture Kids). There are some wonderful benefits to raising your kids overseas (like an expanded global worldview, outside-the-box thinkers, an intuitive ability to empathize, etc.). But there are also challenges that many TCKs tend to face and that doesn’t often surface until their adult years.
Recommended Reading: “Expectations and Burnout: Women Surviving the Great Commission,” by Sue Eenigenburg and Robynn Bliss
We know that unrealistic expectations can be a part of our lives, especially when we first go to the field. What we may not realize is that women may experience different expectations than men.
This year’s Orientation and Training week looked a lot different from previous years, but it was still a success! We moved the date back from June to July and implemented several safety measures, including masks and social distancing, to ensure the health of all who participated. We had eleven participants, which is one of our largest classes in a while! We are blessed that they graced us with their presence… Read More »July 2020 Orientation and Training Week
Have you ever had one of those songs that just seems to really say everything that you’re walking through at the time? You know…that one song that just sucker-punches you in your gut, and you just give it all to God every single time you hear it?
Recommended Reading: “When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself,” by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert
As missionaries who purposefully want to help the people we are called to serve, in what way could our helping them actually cause hurt? This book’s authors tell how faulty assumptions about the root causes of poverty result in strategies that, rather than actually helping, often cause considerable harm to poor people and to those aspiring to help them. It shows how effective helping takes more than just giving… Read More »Recommended Reading: “When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself,” by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert
Recommended Reading: “Cross-Cultural Conflict: Building Relationships for Effective Ministry,” by Duane Elmer
Once again, Elmer has published an excellent book on a very practical cross-cultural issue that we as workers face, as we attempt to relate and understand those from a different culture than our passport culture.
As Leroy Eims says, “Every believer in Jesus Christ deserves the opportunity of personal nurture and development”. But so often, we are so busy with church programs that we neglect the process of effectively discipling leaders who can themselves disciple others into maturity and fruitfulness.
The world (and the Church) has never quite known what to do with you. Not quite fitting in the box, and not quite wanting to. The crazy one who fell in love with a wild, crazy, dangerous God.