Casual Officially Autumn Friday

Sep 20, 2019 | Blog, Casual 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 confused, however, about how to help missionaries thrive in their personal lives and ministries. Just equip yourself with resources like these.



What does it mean to ‘steal the floor’? How does it affect our interaction with missionaries? Scott Shaum challenges us with this piece on a rare grace that we can offer others.


How is mental health related to spiritual and physical health? What are the warning signs that a person’s mental health may need professional care? If we are to care for the holistic health of global workers, we would do well to understand the type of information found in this post from Mental Health America.



What is minimal confusion, and how is it related to the wellbeing of a missionary? Amy Young has some thoughts on the subject. How might you be able to contribute toward minimal confusion in the life of your missionary friend? Start a dialogue with them based on this article; you’ll both be blessed.


There are seasons on the mission field, too—just not always weather-related. While everyone in the States is talking about PSL, Ellen Bragdon talks about PCS (permanent change of station).

If you count the cost, the cost will often be too high.

Read this to know what it feels like to live in a revolving door of relationships. Then share it with those you know who live there.


Rootlessness is the term that Sarah Hilkemann has chosen to describe one of her prevalent feelings as a cross-cultural worker.

It’s the way of this life—coming and going. Hello and goodbye. Investing and letting go.

There is a grief associated with so much turnover. Sarah’s post will help you pray from a compassionate perspective. Sharing it with your friends overseas will help them maintain a healthy perspective.


Part of the grind of daily living in another culture is being different. As much as they may try to fit in, every missionary knows (as do the people among whom the live) that they will never be “local.” Rather than let those differences become a point of frustration, Julie Francis suggests some ways in which they can attract others to the gospel. Your friends on the mission field would probably appreciate this post.


Binary thinking can be a problem at times. It is a way of categorizing everything into one of two groups. You know, like the old saws that start out with, ‘There are two kinds of people in the world…’ Binary thinking accentuates differences and promotes separation—not exactly the goal of most global workers. What if missionaries, instead of focusing on all the differences between themselves and their host culture, learned to think in terms of commonality? Jenilee Goodwin’s post will prime your pump.



Here is a resource for middle school MKs that is a bit out of the ordinary. Keep Calm and Carry On, Children is a novel set in England during WWII. In this post, MaDonna shares why she thinks the book is appropriate for MKs. And she interviews the author, Sharon K. Mayhew, who is a TCK herself. Might make a great gift for some young people you know.



Well, it’s too late to register for PTM. But maybe you’d be interested in this alternative: CareGivers Forum, to be held October 27-30 at Ridgecrest Conference Center in North Carolina. Join a wide spectrum of practitioners to interact, network, encourage each other, and develop your skills.


Are you concerned about friends who will be working in high-risk areas of the world? This security training may help you be more at peace. November 18-20, in San Diego, CA. Could you maybe sponsor someone to attend?


Want to sharpen your interpersonal skills? Well, there’s a workshop by that very name, and the folks at Alongside will be hosting one October 27-November 1, in Richland, Michigan. More information is available through this link.


Who do you know working in Europe or South America? Who would you like to bless beyond belief with the gift of retreat? The folks at Thrive know how to provide spiritual, motional, and physical care to field workers, and there are three upcoming retreats you should know about: one in Estonia, in October one in Croatia, in February of 2020; and one in Brazil, in April of 2020. You could pay someone’s way. Or—check this out: You could be a volunteer at one of these retreats and bless many people! Get the details here.


Coming up October 20-25: ABIDE, from Train International. “ABIDE is a six-day debriefing retreat that provides time and space to process your experiences, be refreshed and renewed, connect with other cross-cultural workers, and prepare for a healthy transition.”


This week’s list is a bit late going out because we have been hosting a group of 13 volunteers from Faith Community Bible Church. They have come to work on the lodge – and work they have. In exchange, we have been sharing with them how they can be effectively engaged in caring for the missionaries they support and send. And yes, using resources like these. Interested in having us talk to your church/missions committee? Give a holler; we’d love to talk.


New on my bookshelf:

  • Love Well: Living Life Unrehearsed and Unstuck, by Jamie George
  • Innovation in Mission, by Jim Reapsome and Jon Hirst


What I’m reading this week:

  • Serving Well, by Elizabeth & Jonathan Trotter
  • Desiring the Kingdom, by James K.A. Smith


Recently finished reading:

  • Getting Started: Making the most of your first year in cross-cultural service, by Amy Young
  • Formed for the Glory of God, by Kyle Strobel


Up next:

  • Searching for God Knows What, by Donald Miller

1 Comment

  1. Lloyd Spence

    Cool. I haven’t been able to read any of your blogs before. Nice work.