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Casual Dog Days of Summer Friday

Ah, the dog days of summer. Hard to believe the season is soon to be over. Soon we will be inundated with pumpkin spice everything. Kids are already back in school in these parts. Trees are already beginning to shift toward chartreuse, and the sun rises later each...

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Casual First of August Friday

It was great to be in the granite state last week, though I was hoping for weather a bit cooler than it was in southeast Indiana. It is always encouraging to find a church where people want to grow in their understanding of missionary needs and in their capacity to...

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Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

Tornadoes in Iowa. Riots in Haiti. Insurgencies in several African countries. Crackdowns in China. The things you hear about every day in your news feeds affect your friends who are serving cross-culturally. On top of the stresses of living and working in another...

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Jumpstart: What did you expect?

Not satisfied with where you are? Afraid you'll never escape your past to embrace your future? It might be good to remember how your future is fashioned. What are you expecting God to do?

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Casual Midsummer Friday

Summer is in full swing. Many churches experience a temporary down-turn in attendance because of vacations and outdoor activities. You may allocate less time to reading during this season yourself. But the needs of missionaries never take a vacation. With those two...

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Casual Friday Resources

By now the summer exodus from mission fields all around the world is in full swing. Many global workers are back in their sending country for a period of home assignment. That means you, as a missionary advocate, are likely to have the opportunity to enjoy their...

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Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

The lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer have arrived. How will you be spending them? Hopefully some of your time will be used to add to your missionary care skills. These resources will give you a good place to start.   LIFE ON THE FIELD Elizabeth Spencer kicks off a...

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Casual early summer Friday

Well, we’re back. Our trip out west was enjoyable and fruitful. In particular we were blessed to spend a few days with our coworkers in Colorado as they went through a trying time. (It ended well, by the way.) So now you have to deal with an extra-large batch of...

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Casual Summer Friday

Did you happen to see the report on the actual number of lives lost in Puerto Rico during last year’s hurricane?  (In case you didn’t, it was more than 7 times higher than originally reported.) Shocking news, to be sure. Would you be shocked to learn that, every year,...

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Casual Friday Resources

It’s that time of year again. This week’s edition could easily be dedicated to transition. Whenever you hear of someone graduating in this country, keep in mind that MKs who have just graduated are likely to be returning to their passport country soon. Equip yourself...

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Casual First of Summer Friday

Well…we did it again. Several times since we’ve moved to Indiana we have pretty much skipped Spring and gone right to summer. A little disorienting, but heh – at least winter is over. The need for care among sent-ones remains the same in any case. They still depend on...

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Jumpstart: Live in the Future

Find a gap and stand in it. Discover what's missing and be the provision. Look for the holes and plug them. Do anything but accept the status quo.

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Jumpstart: All Things Are Possible

Now abide faith, HOPE, and love--these three. Without hope, faith is inactive. Without hope, love is dormant. Hope is the fuel that feeds our flame. Nothing is impossible.

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Casual Friday Double Dose

I am packing this week’s page with as much as I can find because next there will be no Casual Friday. We will be in Florida visiting our daughter and some dear friends. One couple is in their 90s, and we are painfully aware that this may be our last time to see them...

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Jumpstart: Saddle Up!

You may be more familiar with John Wayne's version of this: "Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway." Being scared is nothing to be afraid of. Saddle up!

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Casual Spring Fever Friday

Spring fever – can you feel it? Even when winter weather seemingly refuses to die, it is hard to resist the tug toward new projects this time of year. Perhaps one of your goals has been to expand your understanding and skill in the realm of missionary care. Resources...

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Jumpstart: Where will you go?

The average American stops reading once they've graduated. Who wants to be average? Read to discover where God wants to take you, and what he dreams of doing once you get there.

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Casual Friday Resources

It’s been a rough week for me. Our most recent guests left us with the gift of amoebic dysentery. That has been draining in more ways than one. But I wouldn’t trade the week we spent together for anything. People like them must live with the threat of malaria,...

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Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

Plenty of practical ways to enhance your missionary care skills packed into this week’s roundup. Whatever else you do this weekend, take time to snag these new resources. Then put them to use at your earliest opportunity.   LIFE ON THE FIELD Paradox is part and parcel...

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Casual Friday Resources

Ah, the Spring doldrums. Weather that can’t make up its mind. Daydreams blossoming like dandelions, waiting for slightly warmer temps to bear fruit. March Madness is behind us (unless you apply that term to Mother Nature; then all bets are off.) One thing is for sure:...

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Casual Good Friday

He is risen indeed! It is good to remind ourselves often of that reality. Everything else of value in our lives revolves around that fact. It is also the ultimate motivation for everything of value that we do. As you utilize these resources and trust God to use you in...

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Casual Friday Resources

Ah, Spring—that unpredictable season when shirt-sleeve days are followed by parkas and snow boots. We received 5 inches of snow on Wednesday, and we are predicted to get 5-8 inches tomorrow. I try to let the beauty override the inconvenience. And, believe it or not,...

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Casual Mid-March Friday

I have been reminded of the powerful effect of a personal visit this week. Friends who come to you—just because they are friends—make a powerful statement. As a missionary advocate, your initiative in caring for global workers is more valuable than you probably...

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Casual Friday Resources

What is it they say? March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb? Well, our local lion seems a bit confused. Blustery winds with a tinge of Spring one day, then back to below freezing temperatures and light snow. The weather can sure keep us on our toes! Just...

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Casual Post-Flood Friday

Last night we were able to leave our property for the first time in five days. The Ohio River, and all the rivers and creeks feeding into it, was flooding in our region. For us that meant four feet of water where our driveway meets the paved road. We had plenty of...

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Jumpstart: Reputation

If our reputation is built only on what we have talked about doing, then our only valid reputation is that we are a dreamer. It is much better to be a doer, with a solid reputation of accomplishment.

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Casual Friday Practical Resources

Hardly a week goes by without the news reminding us of the desperate need of lost people for the gospel. We send missionaries precisely because there are still so many who have not had an adequate opportunity to be exposed to and respond to the gospel. But those...

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Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

We’ve had a couple of exceptionally warm days this week. Not complaining, except the warmth draws out the bugs. Thousands of bugs. Flies are the main scourge this year, and false ladybugs. They remind me of the pesky problems that accompany life on the mission field....

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Casual February Friday

Ah, fickle February. One day we bask in pre-spring sunshine, the next day we are encased in ice and a wintry mix. You never know around these parts. One thing I do know, however, is that the need for your involvement in encouraging missionaries never diminishes. So...

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Jumpstart: Useful Suffering

No one really looks forward to suffering. But who doesn't long for greater wisdom, deeper strength, and more intimacy with the Father? Accept the invitation.

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Casual First of February Friday

Happy groundhog day – if you’re into that. Believe it or not, some people are not eager for winter to be over. What if, at the end of this day, you had a chance to do it again? Would you do the same things?  When it comes to caring for the missionaries you know and...

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Jumpstart: Auspicious Occasions

God built a lot of promise into your life. That's what makes your birth auspicious. The reason God built so much promise into your life is that he has a specific role for you in his grand story. That's what makes your life auspicious.

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Casual Friday Care Resources

The flu visited our house recently, just like quite a few others, evidently. The onset was dramatic, and the recovery abysmally slow. So many parallels to “diseases” on the mission field. When you’re sick, you want someone at your side. Someone who will dote on you a...

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Jumpstart: Be yourself

As they say: Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken. There's a reason God created you to be who you are. There is no understudy for your part in his story.

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Casual Friday Compendium of Care Resources

Can you believe we are already three weeks into the new year? In that amount of time we have had temperatures all the way from 60 above to 10 below, with a few snow storms thrown in for good measure. A reminder for those of us engaged in caring for missionaries that...

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