February 26, 2024
Training

You Pay for Excess Baggage

Another post from Philip Jackson, a colleague and friend of mine from Macedonia. Phil serves as the field leader and church planting team leader in the city of Skopje.   Phil also runs marathons, and his first full marathon was the Athens Classic Marathon.   Those who travel internationally know that you can’t even count on two free pieces of luggage anymore. After 50 pounds, every pound will cost you. Those extra pounds actually cost you when you’re running a marathon as well. If you’re 10 pounds overweight, it’s just like putting a bowling ball in a backpack and hauling it for 26 miles. No thanks! Even the weight of an extra sweatshirt, especially when drenched with sweat, will slow and weigh you down. When I ran my first marathon, I was surprised to see how many people were throwing off outer layers of clothing in the first 10 km. They were… Read the whole post
Stress Management

Questioning the Validity of “The 4 Stages of Cultural Adjustment”

Cultural adjustment is a topic of great interest among missionaries, especially those who are preparing for ministry in another culture, or are already in the throes of the stress that comes with living and working in a culture previously unfamiliar to them. It is a topic that most missions, including SEND, address in pre-field training to help prepare our new missionaries for transition into effective ministry in a different culture.… Read the whole post
Training

It’s a Marathon After All

Another post from Philip Jackson, a colleague and friend of mine from Macedonia. Phil serves as the field leader and church planting team leader in the city of Skopje.   Phil also runs marathons, and his first full marathon was the Athens Classic Marathon.   His inspiration for running came about 15 years ago from a conversation with a veteran missionary couple who explained their reason for regular exercise was so that they would be able to serve the Lord into their nineties.… Read the whole post
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