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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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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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