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Stages of Culture Fatigue

Stages of Culture Fatigue

      As the illustration indicates, the “stages” are not as linear as one might hope or experience. And as is the case in grief, I personally find that there are many times that the ‘stages’ loop back on themselves. This is not a problem in and of itself unless the individual gets stuck. […]

Culture Fatigue

Culture Fatigue

Culture shock and fatigue are intertwined elements of cross-cultural stress, which is one of the issues reviewed in my dissertation (see pp. 27-45 in particular). Left un-addressed, any form of stress can eventually lead to burnout and in some cases, missionaries opting-out of missions altogether. In the next few posts I plan to summarize and add […]

A Response

A Response

I came across a response to the post “10 Things That This Missionary is Telling You” that I found to be refreshing a humbling. In other words, I wish I had done the same thing Ashley had done and re-write the original post to better reflect my own heart. Appreciating her take on the subject, […]

What Aren’t They Telling Us?

What Aren’t They Telling Us?

Living cross-culturally, planting churches, feeding the poor, advocating for women and children at risk, educating potential national leaders, administrating the field work, discovering new language groups and starting the life-long process of translating scripture into this new language, keeping up with supporters ‘back home’, making sure one’s kids are being educated, etc. only begins to […]

Fun Follow-up

Fun Follow-up

This is just a fun fact follow-up from my post, “Expulsive Power“. In another part of Thailand, a missionary reports a very different story involving a local shaman. In this particular village, the superstition runs deep. The shaman hold so much power that he sends out ‘the spirits’ to check on everyone and report back […]

Expulsive power

  Talking with a local “M” this week, he told me of his newest church plant in a local village. The local mo phi (หมอผี) or shaman has started to attend Bible study simply because one of the Christian Thai gals sat down at the woman’s fortune telling booth asking about the power she has to tell […]

Cloud Community

Cloud Community

I talk a lot about community –not that I’m all that good at it, which may be why I keep talking about it. One day, I hope to get good at it. As I mentioned in my post on loneliness, missionaries are not immune to feeling isolated and alone. And, because of technology today, the world […]

Third Culture Kid Life

Third Culture Kid Life

We’ve been thinking a lot lately about our kid’s third culture-ness lately–especially since we’ve been researching colleges for Christian. With family, friends, and supporting churches spread throughout the US, it’s been a challenge to settle on a location for our college search. While Christian may like a certain school for its programs, the downside may be […]

Loneliness & Isolation

Loneliness & Isolation

Picking up from my most recent posts, here are a few words from a missionary I know: “Loneliness & Isolation. These are the hell from which my idols offer protection. The longer we remain in the states, the more I feel these two realities and catch myself trying to avoid them, without even thinking about […]