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Casual Valentine’s Week Friday

Seems like everyone is talking about love this week. Is there some holiday going on? Anyway, it’s a good week to be loving on missionaries, as is every week. You don’t need candy or flowers (but hey, no one said you can’t), but these resources will enable you to show...

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Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

Well, we missed the recent polar vortex by being in southern California when it hit Indiana. Looks like we’ll make up for that today. Wherever you are as you read this, I hope you are comfortable and healthy. Take some time to peruse this newest batch of missionary...

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Casual Frozen Friday

I am writing this week from the enviable location of southern California—blissfully unaffected by the polar vortex that is currently affecting so much of the U.S., including our home in SE Indiana. It is interesting to watch the precautions, the preparations, and the...

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Casual Dead of Winter Friday

So I think this article deserves to take precedence over everything else in this week’s edition of Casual Friday. Not every missionary works in a dangerous place. Not every missionary comes back broken beyond repair. But most do encounter danger and hardships of a...

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Jumpstart: What are you waiting for?

You made the decision, but you wonder about the tenacity it will take to carry through on it.It is God who is at work in you, to will and to do of his good pleasure.He's got this. It's time to launch.

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Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

Snow, ice, more snow, more ice…it’s been an interesting week in our neck of the woods. Great opportunity to scour the internet for resources like these that will enhance your missionary care efforts. LIFE ON THE FIELDThere are two primary paradigms within which we can...

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Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

I can’t believe myself. Here we are, not even two weeks into January, and I already feel like the year is slipping away from me. Every feel that way? When we are on the mission field, we often felt like there was never enough time to accomplish all the urgent things...

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Jumpstart: What do you see?

What do you see on the horizon?In the coming year, what will you do with the abundance that God desires to lavish on you?You are limited only by your willingness to appropriate the limitless love of the Father.

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First Casual Friday of 2019

Hard to believe, isn’t it? Another new year. We are almost two decades into this century already. Doubtless there will be many surprises in the days ahead—some good, many not so much. But one thing will remain the same: the need that missionaries have for your...

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Jumpstart: Ridiculous goals

As you start thinking ahead to the new year, as you begin planning what you'd like to attempt, don't settle for anything ridiculously low.

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Jumpstart: Pay attention

What could be more delightful than the Christmas season? What could be more healing than the delightful gift we have received?

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Casual End of the Year Friday

Here we are at the end of 2018—already! Hard to believe, isn’t it? I suspect that your calendar looks about as full as mine these days, so I won’t overload this final edition of Casual Friday for the year. As you celebrate the Incarnation, as you enjoy the Advent...

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Jumpstart: Immanuel

Of course this is the time of year to read the Christmas story. Of course the essence of the Christmas story is Immanuel - God with us. We are not alone, after all.

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Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

It’s that time of year! So much to enjoy, to savor, to celebrate. Memories to be made and memories to be created. Whatever will be filling your calendar these next few weeks, don’t forget your friends on the mission field. They need your care now more than ever. These...

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Jumpstart: Time to slow down

Advent Season is all about waiting. But we are not very good at waiting. We're in too much of a hurry to wait. What would happen if you slowed down?

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Casual December Friday

The year is rapidly running out on us.  But your opportunities to care for global workers will never diminish. In fact, this is the perfect time of year to step it up a bit. These resources will help you do that.   LIFE ON THE FIELD Performance fatigue—a common...

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Casual Advent Season Friday

Well, Advent is upon us. I think every year it becomes more meaningful to me. I still have bittersweet memories of our first Christmas on the mission field. During this season, when we are susceptible to being caught up in the frantic activities (and many of them are...

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Casual Thanksgiving Friday

There are so many things I am thankful for at this time of year. I am thankful for you - that you care for God's sent-ones. I am thankful that you care enough to stop by here to access these resources that will enhance your effectiveness. And I am thankful for the...

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Casual November Friday

We’ve had our first dusting of snow. Many of you may groan, but I look forward to the beauty of our woods being transformed by a pristine blanket of white. Meanwhile, the holidays are speeding toward us. It’s the perfect time to reach out to those you know living on...

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Casual Autumnal Friday

Thanksgiving day is not far away. I am thankful for everyone who cares enough about the wellbeing of missionaries to avail themselves of resources like these each week. And I’m quite certain there are many, many missionaries out there who are thankful for them as...

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Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

Aaannd we’re back. Had a delightful time on South Padre Island sharing with a group of WGM missionaries during their retreat. Also was totally reminded of the ongoing needs of cross-cultural workers, and how very important you are in the process of caring for them....

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Casual Short and Sweet Friday

Short and sweet this week, since we’re in Texas to speak at a missionary retreat conference.  I know you’ll put these to good use.   LIFE ON THE FIELD Lingering? Who’s got time for lingering…especially on the mission field?! Well, perhaps we should make time....

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Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

Autumn finally decided to show up this week. We’ve had a couple nights of 32 degrees, and beautiful clear blue skies. But we know that we could have blustery, rainy days at any time; that’s the nature of this season. Kinda like the nature of missionary care. Sometimes...

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Casual Mid-October Friday

Well here we are half way through October already. Here in our corner of the world we just saw the weather take a turn toward autumnal overnight (with patchy frost predicted). I hope you are in some way able to enjoy whatever special joys accompany this season where...

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First Casual Friday of October

Greetings from the beautiful Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. We have been at the PTM conference all week (Pastoral Training in Member-care) and benefitting immensely, as usual. It’s hard to forget the need for good missionary care when you’re surrounded by 230...

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First Casual Friday of Autumn

Well, we are officially now in autumn in North America. This time of year for us is characterized by unpredictability and erratic swings. Not totally unlike life on the mission field. Thankfully some things remain constant—like the love and grace of God. And hopefully...

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Jumpstart: The greatest treasure

We've all done it--started digging for treasure and gave up when it didn't appear in the first few shovels. What if we took another scoop? Or two, or three...until we actually found what we were looking for. That would require another type of treasure:...

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Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

The change of seasons that we enjoy in the United States is something many missionaries miss when they’re on the field. Among many other things, for sure, including access to close friends. You can demonstrate your love for the cross-cultural workers you support by...

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Casual Pumpkin Spice Friday

Pumpkin Spice. We are in the season of pumpkin spice everything. Even those of us who enjoy the flavor can feel like the food industry has gone way too far in putting it in anything and everything edible. There can indeed be too much of a good thing. Except when...

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Casual End of Summer Friday

Sorry I missed posting last week. The recent death of a friend and travels made for more work than I was willing to muster. I think this week’s links will more than make up for it. It may be the end of summer, but the need for encouraging missionaries knows no end....

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Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

If you’ve stopped by here very often, you know that I consider you a vital part of God’s strategy for keeping his global workers healthy on the field. Equipped with resources like these, you will be able to come alongside your missionary friends in vital ways.  ...

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Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

Short and sweet this week; been a very full seven days with lots of guests. Plus it’s been a bit quiet on the internet, so fewer items of interest crossed my screen. In any case, the following resources should prove to be useful to all of you who continue to improve...

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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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