Casual Friday Resources

Apr 14, 2017 | Casual Friday, Missionary Care, Thriving, Transition

Greetings from the ancient silk road—a fascinating region with a long history of Christian activity. The more I interact with global workers the more convinced I am that we need to rally every member of the body of Christ we can to get involved in caring for them. Would you do me a favor this week? Would you forward this link to your friends via email or social media? In the meantime, here is the latest batch of resources to equip you for caring effectively.


Ignoring what restores you can be a major contributor to burnout. Bill Tell elaborates in this post.

Sarita Hartz has put together an e-book entitled A Self-Care Plan for Global Workers. It is free for all who sign up for her blog—a double bonus! So what are you waiting for? Make sure all your friends on the field know about this. And get a copy for yourself, while you’re at it.

Relationships are essential to resiliency. That’s Scott Shaum’s latest nugget in Tending Scattered Wool. Share this particularly with those who are just arriving on a new field of service.

Co-worker conflict is still the number one reason listed for missionary attrition. This article by Lauren Pinkston is about the best way to avoid interpersonal melt-downs.

Have you ever thought of laughter as an important tool for staying spiritually healthy? Jonathan Trotter talks about laughter as an act of defiance against the forces of darkness. I’ll bet you know someone who could use this right about now.

Rejection hurts, and Sarita Hartz knows it well. It comes in many forms: from co-workers, leadership, supporters, the people with whom we are sharing the gospel. Here is some down-to-earth advice for dealing with the inevitable.


Marilyn Gardner shares her experiences as an MK and how they have affected her as an adult. This post will help you understand MKs better and how to relate to them more effectively.

Where are you local? That’s the question TCK expert Michael Pollock thinks is better than Where are you from? This could be really helpful for you who deal with MKs.

Rootless or rootfulness? Jerry Jones suggests that the latter may be a better way to think about MKs.

There is so much more to having roots than staying in one place.

This may challenge some of your preconceptions.


Marilyn Gardner offers this useful checklist for those of your friends who will be moving in the next few months.

Am I less of a person because I don’t happen to live overseas right now?

Ruthie talks honestly about losing one’s celebrity status after leaving the field. Good stuff for you to understand.

Debriefing should be part of every returning missionary’s plans. Recalibrate! is one event to consider. We have room for 20 adults for the October session; early registration is advised.


Perhaps the most potent way you can contribute to the well-being of a global worker is to listen attentively to their story. Sharpen your listening skills with this piece from Amanda Zantal-Wiener.

Though Miriam wrote this article for women, it applies equally to men who want to help bear the burdens of their friends on the field.

Whatever the burden, if a woman we know is allowed to remain “down,” she risks rotting away in depression and loneliness.


Reboot 2017, a re-entry program for MKs, is accepting registrations for the July 22-29 event in Ontario, Canada.

They also have an event scheduled for August 4-12 in Alberta, Canada.

And here’s a unique opportunity for “MKs seeking a deep encounter with God amidst the beauty of the Canadian back country wilderness.”

Debriefing should be part of every returning missionary’s plans. Recalibrate! is one event to consider. We have room for 20 adults for the October session; early registration is advised.

Thanks for checking in this week. Don’t forget to spread it around.

What I’m reading this week:

  • Winston Churchill: Young Statesman, 1901-1914, by Randolph S. Churchill
  • Psalm 116, by Kyle Burkholder
  • Songs from the Heart: Meeting with God in the Psalms, by Tim Riordan

Just finished:

  • Winston S. Churchill: Youth, 1874-1900, by Randolph S. Churchill
  • Running on Empty, by Fil Anderson
  • Life of the Beloved, by Henri Nouwen
  • You Are What You Love, by James Smith

Up next:

  • Breaking the Rules, by Fil Anderson
  • Th!nk, by Michael LeGault