Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

Mar 24, 2017 | Casual Friday, Personal Issues, Thriving, Transition

‘Tis the season. No, not that season. The season of exodus from the mission field. For many global workers, as soon as the school year is over, they head back to their passport country for a time of “home assignment.” Are you prepared to interact with them? Many of this week’s resources are geared toward helping you do that.

EVENTS

Velvet Ashes online retreat. A unique idea with incredible benefits. Make sure all your female missionary friends know about this event coming up the end of April.

Returning Well Groups. Transition is a huge part of missionary life, and it isn’t always easy. Author and coach Melissa Chaplin will be hosting group sessions in April and June for those just returning from the field (some conditions are required).

LIFE ON THE FIELD

Centering Prayer

Stress on the mission field can be off the charts. That’s why having a quiet soul is so important. Frances Green talks about a classic way of nurturing such a thing. Do your missionary friends a favor and forward this to them.

The importance of sleep

Physical health, emotional health, and spiritual health are all tied together. The amount of sleep a missionary gets is important, but so is having a consistent cycle, as this article by Lekha Bandopadhyay explains.

Memorializing experiences

Brooke Roush makes a good case for building little monuments as a way to solidify significant memories on the field. Pass this one around—especially to those you know who are raising children on the mission field.

Team life

Sue Eenigenburg explains how team life is like banking. Helpful insights for when you are dealing with missionary friends who are experiencing conflict with their teammates.

Stress

Bill Tell continues his series on the breeding ground of stress. Don’t fool yourself; what he describes is all too common on the mission field.

Joy stealers

Ann Stoothoff shares six false assumptions that will suck the joy right out of your missionary friends. You can be instrumental in pointing out the fallacies to those you know on the field who may have bought into such ideas.

PRE-FIELD

The importance of being sent

Maintaining relationships with those who sent them is one of the most time-consuming and challenging aspects of missionary work. Lauren Pinkston explains why they are vital, nonetheless. Know anyone struggling in this area?

More on being sent

Mack Stiles over at the Gospel Coalition says that

The greatest challenge to modern missions is a lack of understanding of the church’s nature and its role in missions.

He goes on to say that “Going to the nations without the support of a local church is a little like baptizing yourself.” Read the rest of his thoughts here.

TRANSITION

Healthy good-byes

The folks over at Encompass Life Coaching offer five benefits of parting ways in a healthy manner. This applies to you as an advocate as much as to your friends on the field.

Leaving well

Jerry Jones distinguishes between leaving the field happy and leaving well. Does that seem strange to you? Some people, he says, are so intent on leaving happy that they refuse to leave well. Know anyone who could use this little wake-up call?

EQUIP YOURSELF

Loving well long-distance

Do you have children working overseas? Parents? Other family members? How do you maintain a close relationship over great distances? Christie Chu has some great ideas for you.

Be a permission-granter

The concept of thriving on the mission field includes the necessity for ongoing personal development. Scott Shaum fleshes that out. Because they are usually concerned about the way supporters view the way they use time and money, missionaries may not give themselves permission for personal development and care. What if you granted it to them?

A missionary’s greatest need

Ask any global what they need more than anything else and most of them will say the same thing Pastor Jeff Jackson says in this article. How will you respond?

Emotionally healthy spirituality

Pete Scazzero’s book by this name is must reading for everyone, missionary and advocate alike. (Keep an eye out for the updated edition due out next month.) At his web site you’ll find resources that you’ll want for yourself and that you’ll want to share with your friends on the field.

Seasons of missionary life

Rachel Pieh Jones draws parallels between the unfolding of marriage over time and the blossoming of missionary life. What stage are your friends in? How might that affect they way you pray for them?

FOR YOUR LIBRARY

Mission Smart: 15 critical questions to ask before launching overseas

Lauren Pinkston refers to this book in the article above about the importance of being sent. The author—David Frazier—bases his book on the concept of stewardship of people.

Praying Our Goodbyes

This is the book recommended in the above article on healthy good-byes. Joyce Rupp’s insights are practical for every form of transition—and transition is the constant companion of global workers.

Expectations and Burnout: Women Surviving the Great Commission

Sue Eenigenburg teams up with Robynn Bliss to talk about the way the expectations missionaries place upon themselves (and the ones we place upon them!) lead to unhealthy results.

As you personally revel in the goodness of our Father, may your joy overflow onto those you love who are serving on foreign soil.

What I’m reading this week:

  • Winston S. Churchill: Youth, 1874-1900, by Randolph S. Churchill
  • The Golden Sayings of Epictetus
  • The Prophetic Imagination, by Walter Brueggemann

Just finished reading:

  • Running on Empty, by Fil Anderson
  • Life of the Beloved, by Henri Nouwen
  • You Are What You Love, by James Smith
  • Rejoicing in Jesus, by Michael Reeves

Up next:

  • Breaking the Rules, by Fil Anderson
  • Th!nk, by Michael LeGault

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