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Casual End of an Era Friday

Casual End of an Era Friday

This week I received an email that gave me pause. (Given the fact the I typically wade through several hundred emails a day, one that stops me in my tracks is remarkable.) This organization had just complete a national survey of how churches are responding to the...

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Jumpstart: Be still my soul

Jumpstart: Be still my soul

 At a time when everything seems to be out of control,a time when nothing seems to escape change,focus on what can not and never will change.

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Casual Corona Friday

Casual Corona Friday

I am becoming more and more aware of the tidal wave of podcasts, blog posts, webinars, and live events cascading through the internet these days on the subject of coping with our current crisis. I am also becoming more and more aware of the effect it is having on me...

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Casual Shelter-in-Place Friday

Casual Shelter-in-Place Friday

Coming up on a month of “lock-down” for many of us. How are you holding up? Don’t forget that many on the mission field have been restricted as well, or have had plans radically altered. Most of our resources this week are focused on sender care (and there is SO MUCH...

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Casual Friday Missionary Care

Casual Friday Missionary Care

Seems like the only thing that comes close to keeping up with COVID-19-related news is the mass of articles, podcasts, webinars, and other suggestions about how to deal with it. (My inbox is blowing up. Yours?) I have tried to restrict my selections here to those that...

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Casual Unusual Friday

Casual Unusual Friday

A lot of you may be stuck at home. Great! Use the time to connect with global workers, many of whom are also on lock-down. Use whatever mode of communication they prefer (Skype, Zoom, Whatsapp, phone text…) and let them know you are thinking of them and praying for...

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Not So Casual Friday

Not So Casual Friday

Seems like everything is about COVID-19, and most of that is not encouraging. Nothing casual about that. I am convinced that, if we really knew the forces arrayed against us spiritually, we would take spiritual health even more seriously than we take physical health...

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Casual Friday Resources

Casual Friday Resources

I have definitive proof that Spring has arrived: ladybugs. Or Asian lady beetles, to be more accurate. Our windows are covered in them as they seek to get back outdoors from where they have been overwintering. Hopefully you don't have such distractions to deter you...

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Casual In Like a Lamb Friday

Casual In Like a Lamb Friday

March may have come in like a lamb in these parts, but my body did not get the memo. I managed to contract the flu (though not, as far as I know, the one that has everyone in a tizzy). Two days after returning from our most recent trip I was down for the count. Two...

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Casual Leap Year Friday

Casual Leap Year Friday

Leap year. Does it seem like this month is lasting forever? There’s something about turning the calendar page to March that says Spring is near. Meanwhile… There are a lot of resources this week focused on self-care. Be sure and share these with your friends on the...

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Casual Midwinter Friday

Casual Midwinter Friday

Another week, already gone. Does anyone else think this year is just evaporating? Well, at least that means there is another week’s worth of missionary care resources for you to peruse. As always, thank you for caring in such a vital way for the sent ones God has...

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Casual February Friday

Casual February Friday

We were traveling last week and decided to practice what we preach. Rather than try to cram in another activity (last week’s post) I chose to skip it. (Did you miss us?) While living in a somewhat artificial world for 10 days (visiting supporters) it was easy to lose...

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Casual Fresh Friday

Casual Fresh Friday

What a week we’ve had! Earthquakes, deadly viruses, political drama… Whether or not your friends overseas have been affected by current events, they certainly could use your ongoing encouragement. Share these resources with them, and with anyone you know who wants to...

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Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

Well, here you go—the freshly redesigned format I promised. I trust this will help you navigate this list of resources more efficiently. The point of sharing these with you is so you can use them yourself and/or forward them to a missionary you care for. So have at...

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Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

Already behind on your New Year’s goals? Yeah…me too. These first two weeks have evaporated! Meanwhile, there are global workers out there who need our encouragement. Here are some resources to help you provide effective care.   SELF-CARE One invaluable service you...

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Casual New Year Friday

Casual New Year Friday

Welcome to 2020! Let’s make it the best year ever in terms of missionary care. With resources like these, you can play a vital role in keeping global workers healthy and growing. Be sure and spread these around.   SELF-CARE Even if you don’t believe in New Year’s...

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Casual Friday Christmas Edition

Casual Friday Christmas Edition

I know everyone is busy this time of year (I certainly am), so I’ll keep it a little shorter this week. Then we’ll take a break until January 10, to give everyone a chance to relax and enjoy relationships. Don’t forget to pray for global workers who will be...

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Merry Casual Friday

Merry Casual Friday

It’s that time of year again – the season of gifting. Have you ever considered giving a missionary something special for Christmas (rather than money)? You could, for instance, buy a book or enroll in a class about missionary care; your gift would be the increased...

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Casual Friday

Casual Friday

Happy Thanksgiving!   We realize you have better things to do this next week or so than check the latest missionary care resources. So we'll take a brief time out. Thank you for caring, for making yourself available to be used of God as a representative of his heart...

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Casual Autumn Friday

Casual Autumn Friday

In the spring we have several little sayings to aid us in describing the season. (In like a lion, out like a lamb, for instance.) We ought to have some for autumn, don’t you think. This season is so mercurial. Unpredictable in every way except its unpredictability....

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Casual Cold Friday

Casual Cold Friday

We had some record-breaking cold this past week—and our first measurable snow of the season (a bit earlier than usual). We are approaching a time of year when we traditionally slow down a bit and think about what all we are thankful for. I am thankful for you, for...

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Jumpstart: Keeping up

Jumpstart: Keeping up

As a result, we lack a margin of power that lets us meet our responsibilities with something left over. When is the last time your soul had a good meal?  

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Casual Glorious November Friday

Casual Glorious November Friday

It had to happen sooner or later: snow is a possibility in our forecast this next week. How is it where you are? How is it where your friends serve as missionaries? The more you know about their living conditions, their environment, their responsibilities, the better...

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Casual November Friday

Casual November Friday

First day of November, and already we are made to we realize how close winter is! Snow in many parts of the U.S., blustery winds and freeze warnings where we are in southeast Indiana. It’s a paradoxical season—just like life on the mission field. You are a vital part...

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Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

We are enjoying glorious autumnal weather in these parts (sorry for those of you who aren’t). The transition of seasons parallels in so many ways the transitions that global workers go through. And as the old saying goes, the more things change, the more they stay the...

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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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