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Who’s Responsible?

Who’s Responsible?

Facing cross-cultural stresses Missionaries face stressful situations by virtue of the fact that they live and work cross-culturally. Some researchers have insisted that cross-cultural workers are under no more stress than anyone else, and yet studies are showing that many living cross-culturally exhibit symptoms of PTSD. Maybe it’s time the Church takes notice?   I […]

Cross-cultural worker PTSD

Cross-cultural worker PTSD

Why talk about missionary stress? (Especially when others are talking about it)   Good question. While stress is a factor in missionary longevity and resilience, I often wonder if we haven’t over emphasized an inevitable fact of life? Granted, on a common scale used for measuring stress “… cross-cultural workers experience about 600 points of […]

A set up for Failure (part 2)

A set up for Failure (part 2)

A few years ago a pastor asked me if I agreed that missionaries “fail in ministry” because they had no real strategic plan. Resisting the urge to dance my sword under his chin threateningly, I answered his question by asking questions of my own.    “What if what you and I may call a failure is really a […]

Not Sexy Enough

Not Sexy Enough

The only reason for this massive recall of missionaries from around the world is that Southern Baptist individuals and churches would rather spend the massive resources God has entrusted to them on other things than the most effective proven means of taking the Good News of Jesus to the nations.