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On Compassion and Fighting Fatigue

by Tara Livesay on March 10, 2014

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A young woman laid on the bed writhing and crying out in unbearable pain. She had been coming to classes at our Maternity Center for many months. She had been given sufficient time to know us, but had never really come to trust us. Her baby had been born. She had spent some time recovering […]

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Take Heart, Weary Servant

by Craig Greenfield on March 5, 2019

The battle is real – compassion fatigue, backstabbing, lack of breakthroughs. And that’s just on Twitter. Ministry life can be even more brutal. Especially if you’re engaged in ministry amongst people who are hurting – which is almost anyone in ministry, right? They hurt. We get hurt helping them. We hurt ourselves – and others. […]

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The Banana Story

by Anisha Hopkinson on November 13, 2018

  A lady called at my gate, “Sister! Sister!” How annoying, I thought. It’s not even 8am. Peeking out from my back door I recognized my neighbor and her daughter. They live a short distance away behind a group of banana trees. Opening the gate, my neighbor stood before me looking at the ground. I […]

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7 Steps to Creating a Thriving Ministry Culture

by Sarita Hartz on July 21, 2017

At the age of 24, I started my own nonprofit to help rehabilitate girl child soldiers in a war-torn region of Uganda. I had little to aid me in this process except my passion and a copy of Nonprofits for Dummies I’d picked up in a Barnes and Noble one day which quickly became my […]

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Inside Job

Stephen W. Smith wrote Inside Job for leaders, leaders who find themselves trying to “climb the slippery, treacherous slope of success,” often falling with a crash and landing in a heap below. Stephen was once among them. When he began life after graduate school, he says, “I developed an addiction to work that was applauded by every organization I worked for in my […]

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What to Do About Short Term Missions

by Sarita Hartz on May 25, 2015

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Yesterday I discussed the Mess of Short Term Missions. Today, I’m going to offer ten ways to do a short term mission trip well. These ideas are for anyone leading or going on a short term mission trip — or for anyone who’s trying to decide whether or not to go on a particular trip. […]

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Competing, contrasting or complimentary?

by Richelle Wright on January 13, 2015

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Our last January in West Africa, we took the family camping at a nearby game park. We camp a lot in the States – sometimes even in some pretty out-of-the-way places, but that was the first time I’d ever camped in Africa, under an African sky, in a really remote location. No city lights. No […]

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One of the first questions people often ask me when they learn that I’m a psychologist is, “are you practicing?” They are invariably disappointed when I tell them “no, I’m still busy with our young children, and I’m trying to start a business on the side.” Here, like many other places I’ve lived abroad, there […]

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Reflections of God

by Chris Lautsbaugh on April 11, 2014

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Many times in missions, we speak of the difficulties with greater frequency than the good things. We talk about racism. We speak of our various phases of culture shock. Stories of being hurt by those we work with abound. Even at times, we venture into difficult topics like trauma or loss. What of the positive? […]

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