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 […]
So, leave the field or stretch the truth back home to remain in the place they have spent years preparing to locate?
How to engage culture fatigue Culture fatigue is inescapable. Any transition we undergo opens us to stress, which can eventually lead to the symptoms and stages mentioned in the last two posts. Loss and change are a part of this life. We need to get good with that. But because of […]
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 […]