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Casual October Friday

Casual October Friday

We finally had our first frost around these parts. The trees have responded accordingly; their shuddering has resulted in far fewer vestiges of summer’s dense foliage. How is it where you are?Well, we’re done traveling for a while and we’ve got an extra-large...

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Casual Glorious Autumn Friday

Casual Glorious Autumn Friday

Blizzards in the Northwest; drought in our neck of the woods. Will autumn ever truly arrive? Seems we ask that question more years than not. Some of us are waiting eagerly for our favorite season to settle in. Others are dreading the harbinger of winter. The affect...

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Casual Autumn Friday

Casual Autumn Friday

It’s been a crazy week in the news for many in the U.S. Surprises, paradoxes, disasters and pending disasters—very similar to everyday life for many of the missionaries with whom you partner. Challenges are always easier to face when resources are available. That’s...

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Casual Officially Autumn Friday

Casual Officially Autumn Friday

If autumn begins when pumpkin spice makes its first appearance, then we been in it for weeks. Went into a hardware store this week and saw Christmas trees set up next to the Halloween decorations. So maybe autumn is almost over??? So confusing. You don’t need to be...

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Casual Early Autumn Friday

Casual Early Autumn Friday

Eighteen years ago we had just returned from the mission field. No longer of a single culture; no longer simply Americans. Eighteen years ago we were more focused on the the country we’d left than the one we’d re-entered. Until September 11. The entire world was...

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Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

Paradox. It’s all around us. Some of us are relishing delightfully cool nights; others are dealing with a hurricane. Missionary life is full of paradoxes, too. It is the best of all jobs, and it is the hardest/worst of all jobs—at the same time! You can help the...

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Casual PSL Friday

Casual PSL Friday

Brace yourself. Pumpkin spice is about to descend in mass quantities. (I’ve even seen pumpkin spice Cheerios on the market!) I enjoy a good PSL as much as anyone, but surely there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Except when it comes to missionary care....

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Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

Well, autumn is officially one month away. Around here leaves are already turning and dropping.  I for one always look forward to what is my favorite season (but I can hold out for another couple weeks before breaking out the candy corn and pumpkin spice everything)....

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Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

What a week it’s been. The world is in dire need of what missionaries have to offer. Let’s make sure they are adequately cared for, with resources like these. And make sure to take care of your own spiritual health, too. So much sad news has a way of pulling us...

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Casual Dog Days of Summer Friday

Casual Dog Days of Summer Friday

As the dog days of summer settle in, many of us are also scrambling to get ourselves or our kids back to school. It’s also high season for harvesting and storing many crops. It would be easy to forget about our friends in some other country who need our care and...

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Jumpstart: To save or to savor?

Jumpstart: To save or to savor?

"This makes it hard to plan the day.But if we forget to savor the world, what possible reason do we have for saving it?In a way savoring must come first."

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Casual Dog Days of Summer Friday

Casual Dog Days of Summer Friday

Ah, the dog days of summer. Life seems to slow way down, even as the days have already started getting shorter. Sorry if you came looking for fresh Casual Friday content last week. We lost our internet connection for nearly a week. That reminded me of what life was...

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Casual Scorching Hot Friday

Casual Scorching Hot Friday

If you are in the portion of the United States that is experiencing brutal heat this weekend, it would be a good time to stay inside and check out this latest batch of missionary care resources. And the heat might remind you to pray for the global workers you know who...

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Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

Well the Fourth is behind us. Summer is in full swing, and we have the bug bites and sunburn to prove it. But the need for missionary care knows no season; it is a constant that you can count on. And just in case you were wondering if you really are a strategic part...

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Super Casual Friday

Super Casual Friday

 No Casual Friday (as you know it) this week.Go do something fun...and then encourage your missionary friends to do the same.

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Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

Summertime…and the livin’ is easy. Or so says the song. Whether the season brings extra work for you, or extra opportunities for relaxation (or possibly both), I hope you’ll still take time to avail yourself of these missionary care resources. Some are quite meaty;...

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Casual First Friday of Summer

Casual First Friday of Summer

Summer officially begins today. I hope Indiana gets the memo. So far we’ve had nearly incessant rain; more like spring than summer. Many of you will have extra opportunities to interact with missionaries while they are on home assignment this summer. Be ready to bless...

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Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

Summer can be a very busy season. Vacations, sporting events, special times with the kids or grandkids. I appreciate you taking the time to check in and avail yourself of these missionary care resources. Please take special note of the article under Fundraising. Your...

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Casual First of June Friday

Casual First of June Friday

As I type this, people all over the world are remembering and commemorating what took place on this date (June 6) 75 years ago. Regardless of your perspective on war, there’s a reason why that generation is known as “the greatest.” People who lay down their lives for...

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Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

Well, another month has sped past. For many of us, the days were over-filled with end-of-the-year school events, including graduations and graduation parties. But it’s also the time of year when many cross-cultural workers will begin to show up for a time of home...

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Casual End of May Friday

Casual End of May Friday

Can you believe May is nearly gone? So many things on my get-around-to list that never came to pass. I hope that’s not the case for you when it comes to caring for missionaries. There are so many ways in which you can be a vital part of their lives and ministries...

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Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

Seems like Spring cannot make up its mind this year. One day it’s 80 degrees, the next day it’s snowing. Sorta like the unpredictable life of a global worker—like those with whom you partner. You can help them cope by learning more about their realities, and by...

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Casual Mental Health Friday

Casual Mental Health Friday

This should go without saying, but I’m going to say it anyway. Missionaries are just as prone (perhaps more so, due to the nature of their living situation) to mental illness as anyone else you love. Since May is mental health awareness month, you should take a little...

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Casual First of May Friday

Casual First of May Friday

Well, April sure went out with a bang. Snow for many of you; tornadoes and severe storms for many of the rest of us. But May flowers are out in profusion. A beautiful reminder that God is still in control, and he delights to give us beautiful things to enjoy. How...

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Casual Friday Care Resources

Casual Friday Care Resources

Hard to believe that April is almost over. What has been on your to-do list that you haven’t gotten around to yet? Whatever it is, I trust your desire to add to your missionary care skills hasn’t been buried. To borrow a line from the folks at Cracker Barrel, here’s...

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Casual Storm Season Friday

Casual Storm Season Friday

Tornadoes in the South. Severe thunderstorms in the Midwest. And (more) blizzards up north. Spring is anything but subtle, and every season has its good and bad. Just like life on the mission field. Storms can hit at any time: emotional, spiritual, relational… Help...

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Jumpstart: Don’t make excuses

Jumpstart: Don’t make excuses

The God who created the universe out of nothing has all of the resources you need for what you need to accomplish.Don't let the fact that you don't know yet where they will come from be an excuse for not stepping out.

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Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

Blizzards in April? For some, that may be outrageously abnormal. For those of us who have lived in the part of the U.S. susceptible to such weather, it’s par for the course. When it’s unexpected, it can be devastating; when it’s anticipated, it can be taken in stride....

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Casual Spring Friday

Casual Spring Friday

Looks like spring has arrived. You can tell because the weather forecast is only good for 15 minutes at a time. Unlike the needs that missionaries have for your involvement; that’s always required. Equip yourself with resources like these so you can be a strategic...

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Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

I’ve got to say that Florida in March is pretty nice. Even nicer when you get to attend the wedding of a grandson. We still had time to compile some resources for all you missionary advocates, so here you go. Put them to good use. EQUIP YOURSELFHere’s a new resource...

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