Casual German Friday

Apr 21, 2017 | Casual Friday, Missionary Care, Relational Issues, Thriving, Transition

This week I’m coming to you from Frankfurt, Germany. We added a couple of days to our return trip so we could decompress a bit on the way home. We have been so painfully reminded in these past three weeks of just how vital your role is in helping global workers thrive on the field. The task of caring for them is much too big for any one person or organization to do well. It requires the proper functioning of every member of the body. Thank you for doing your part.


Hurry up and wait. That’s what life on the field so often feels like. Some of the most profound frustrations that global workers face stem from constant waiting. M’Lynn Taylor describes it in a way that will focus your prayers.

Waiting is hard because after a while, I begin to believe that I’ve been forgotten.

This hilarious batch of video clips complied by Jennilee Goodwin will give you a glimpse of life on the field. How will you adjust your prayers after watching these?

The noise of doing–it can so easily become a way of life. A destructive way of life. Krista Tippert describes a day filled with a different sound. The sound of silence. Rest. Well-being. Who do you know that needs to read this?

One-another care is vital for those on the mission field, but much of the time self-care is all that is available. Tim Austin offers this great piece on effective self-care. Share this with your missionary friends, as part of your one-another care.

Amy Young shares some lessons from the last week of Jesus’s life that will be useful to your missionary friends.

There are many reasons why missionaries may feel like a failure. Sarita Hartz offers five ideas for coping with that feeling. Who do you know that has voiced such feelings? Send this to them.

How do you cope with the dark times in your life? How do you think your missionary friend copes?

Faith grants us a sight that no darkness can blind.

Scott Shaum offers these profoundly encouraging words.


Interpersonal conflict goes with the territory when it comes to global work. And it’s the number one reason workers leave the field. Holley Gerth reminds us of the power of our words. You would be blessing your friends on the mission field if you forwarded this to them.

Forgive and forget? Not quite. Elizabeth Trotter talks about the kind of forgiveness that is necessary when co-workers experience conflict.

Forgiving is not about forgetting, but it is crucial for healthy good-byes. That’s what Karen Huber talks about in this piece. This one is particularly good for those you know who are in transition.


Some parents may find themselves in a brief season when they must home school their children. Jennilee Goodwin has ten tips to help make that work.


What you need to understand about your friends who have just returned from the field.

It took less than 24 hours in America for me to feel like a complete idiot.

This post from Amy Medina will help you interact well with those in transition.

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.

Sometimes transition does not come with an apparent expiration date. Waiting for God’s clarification can be one of the hardest things a missionary ever does. Danielle Krouch explains it well in this piece.


You. Need. This. Seriously, Jerry Jones knows what he’s talking about, and you should know what he knows.

But knowing information doesn’t change anything.  It takes creativity to do that.

Read this, then sign up immediately to receive Jerry’s free e-book. Oh, and one more thing—share this link with everyone you know, on or off the field.

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.

At times people may ask you about what they feel might be a calling to the mission field. This article from SEND International dispels five myths that are common regarding mission work.


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 these 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