The Many Faces of Stress

The Many Faces of Stress

Is your missionary friend overly stressed? How would you know? There are many types of stress, and they aren’t all bad. When a missionary is dealing with detrimental stress, you won’t always know it. Cross-cultural workers learn to blend into their...
The Promise of Paradox

The Promise of Paradox

The essence of paradox is that two seemingly contradictory things are actually both true. When recalling the good and the not-so-good aspects of any given experience, our tendency is to minimize one side of the equation: The rain caused us to cancel our picnic, but we...
The Problem of Paradox

The Problem of Paradox

Paradox. Or as we tell young children when trying to explain the concept, a “pair of ducks.” There is a “yeah duck” and a “yuck duck” – both of which could be used to represent the same event. And there you have the essence of...
Emotionally Healthy Missionaries, Part Six

Emotionally Healthy Missionaries, Part Six

Unhealthy scenario #6: Logical Fallacies* Bigger is better. If a little is good, a lot would be even more so. Time is of the essence… There are so many variations of American culture’s idolization of productivity, and most are far from healthy. When they...
Emotionally Healthy Missionaries, Part Five

Emotionally Healthy Missionaries, Part Five

Unhealthy scenario #5: Tendencies* Binary thinking. Compartmentalization. Artificial constructs. These are tendencies that inhibit spiritual, emotional, and relational health. An example? How about when we divide things into sacred and secular categories. Separating...

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