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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 […]