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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.

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 […]

StoryTelling

StoryTelling

Some years ago, one of my professors suggested that the way we tell our story reveals something about us. Eagerly I took notes, in hopes of unlocking the mystery of who we were and how we really relate. I’m sure there are many ways to think about these categories. I found them helpful:   There […]

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 […]