Casual Mid-Summer Friday

Jul 14, 2017 | Blog, Casual Friday, Fundraising, Missionary Care, MKs/TCKs

What is the greatest need in the realm of missionary care? More people like you! The body of Christ is the most potent and least developed resource for keeping global workers healthy. As you equip yourself with this week’s resources, consider who you might share them with. You may just be the catalyst someone is waiting for.


Living in the moment takes practice. These thoughts from Jenilee Goodwin are just equally applicable to life on the field, life in transition, and life in one’s sending culture.

Renee Aupperlee would agree with Jenilee. Savoring life is important – and difficult. Life on the mission field can be very hectic, but that’s no excuse for not taking the time to appreciate God’s presence. Your missionary friends might need to read this.

A theology of play. It may be that what Mark Galli has to say in this article is just what your friends on the field need to hear.

The truth about resilience. Shawn Achor and Michelle Gielan reveal how true resilience is achieved. This could have a profound impact on your missionary friends.


Marilyn Gardner, an adult TCK, shares 10 insights that will benefit you as a care provider as well as any MKs in your life.

Want to understand MKs/TCKs better? Want to learn how better to care for them? Contact the folks at Interaction International. They offer a seminar you might want to book.


Paul’s theology of fundraising. Thoughts from Bryon Mondok at Shepherd’s Staff Mission Facilitators.

David Flynn, over at Support Raising Solutions, offers this semi-unique idea for spending time with donors. This could help solve a lot of scheduling headaches.

The hardest part of raising support—and what can be done about it. The folks at Tailored Fundraising Solutions might be just what your friend who is staring out in missions needs.

My friend David Grissen started Fund the Ministry to help missionaries raise the support they need. Maybe you know someone who would benefit from his service?


Here is a batch of missionary care tips compiled by the folks at Missions Interlink. (You’ll need to scroll down to the article on missionary care. Be sure and check the next bit, too, on listening well.


Don’t miss this free webinar from sixteen:fifteen – all about the first 30 days on the field, and how missionaries can keep their sanity. You can register here.

“When a person tells his story and is truly heard and understood, he undergoes actual changes in his brain circuitry…” (Curt Thompson, M.D.) Debriefing is the chance for field workers to tell their story in a way that benefits them. Recalibrate! is an excellent opportunity for that. Registration for the October event in now open.

Thank you for caring, and for sharing. May your tribe increase!

What I’m reading this week:

  • Th!nk, by Michael LeGault
  • Winston S. Churchill: Youth, 1874-1900, by Randolph S. Churchill
  • Consider Your Calling, by Gordon Smith

Just finished reading:

  • Summer: A Spiritual Biography of the Season, Schmidt & Felch, eds.
  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, by Patrick Lencioni
  • How Is Your Soul?, by Judah Smith
  • The Blue Parakeet, by Scot McKnight

Up next:

  • Emotionally Healthy Leaders, by Peter Scazzero
  • Living Far Away, by Esther Abbott
  • Moving Far Away, by Esther Abbott