Practical

When You Want to Want to Stay Longer

by Amy Medina on March 31, 2019

When living overseas, sometimes there’s no doubt that you need to leave. A denied visa, a medical emergency, a government coup, a burn-out, an unresolvable conflict. Sometimes there’s no doubt you want to stay. You’ve adapted; you’ve found community, ministry, purpose, and most of the time, you’re loving life. But what about when you think […]

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Is Missionary Work Colonialism?

by Craig Greenfield on March 19, 2019

You might be a missionary – someone called and sent to serve God cross-culturally – but chances are, you don’t like being called a missionary. That’s because, in popular Western culture, missionaries are seen as pith helmet-wearing colonialists – forcing their culture and religion on people who don’t want it. These concerns go back to […]

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Upside Down Dependency

by Rachel Pieh Jones on March 15, 2019

Humanitarians often talk about the issue of dependency and how to avoid creating it. The whole: teach a person to fish scenario. What if the conversation is backward? What if the person at risk of developing the dependency is the humanitarian? Humanitarians need the local person to be needy. We need a job, we need […]

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Success or Faithfulness?

by Marilyn on March 8, 2019

It has not been an easy week here in Kurdistan. From difficulty with websites to difficulty with people, there are times when I would like life to be easier. I’m sitting now at one of the two coffee shops in Rania, listening to Adele on repeat. Adele is easy on the ears, and I find […]

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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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When the Thief Steals

by Jonathan Trotter on March 3, 2019

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” ~ Jesus Thieves steal. Sometimes the impact is NOW; you know it immediately and you feel it deeply. Other times, it takes some time; the bomb’s on a delay. And then it […]

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Why Don’t We Retreat?

by Danielle Wheeler on February 28, 2019

We have an invitation for you today.   Ruth Haley Barton recommends that people in ministry have a spiritual retreat once a month to stay spiritually healthy. Everyone needs spiritual retreat, but when your life is about pouring out in ministry to others, you need a frequent rhythm of retreat to fill you up. She […]

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When Self-Discovery Becomes Self-Worship

by Editor on February 19, 2019

by Josiah Dangers “What’s your Enneagram number?” “What’s your Meyers-Briggs code?” “What are your top five on Strengthsfinder?” …DISC? …Hammer or duct tape? …Beaver or Golden Retriever? …Which Disney Princess are you? … Marvel villain? …Pokemon character? Can soul-care become idolatry? Can self-discovery become self-worship? In the contemporary Church and in missions, we spend an […]

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Moral Injury

by Rachel Pieh Jones on February 15, 2019

I first learned the term “moral injury” in a Plough magazine article by Michael Yandell, Hope in the Void. He quoted authors Rita Nakashima Brock and Gabriella Lettini who say moral injury, “comes from having transgressed one’s basic moral identity and violated core moral beliefs…Moral injury destroys meaning and forsakes noble causes. It sinks warriors […]

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by Jessica Dais There is a lot you can accomplish as a missionary in a foreign country, regardless of whether or not you know the local language. However, there’s something to be said about the special connection that’s forged when you speak in someone’s native language. There is a deeper level of empathy on your […]

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The Missionary Life Cycle (in Five Stages)

by Jonathan Trotter on January 31, 2019

Like any really good assessment, these five categories are totally made up. There are no peer-reviewed studies parsing these five stages of cross-cultural work. There is no quantified, objective data set; still, please feel free to say you’re in “Stage 3 – Wing 4.” That would make me happy. And remember, if you say anything […]

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Welcoming Broken Missionaries Back

by Editor on January 16, 2019

John Chau’s death in November raised a complicated and important conversation about the role of Christian evangelism. I’m going to let that debate rage on Twitter and the New York Times and the Failed Missionary podcast. I want to launch a different conversation. I believe Chau’s dream, work, and death forces the church to consider […]

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