Seeking balance or seeking the kingdom

“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? - Luke 14:28 I am quick to "count the cost" when I am asked to do something on top of what is expected of me in my …

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Stress: too much and too little – Part One

Is stress, even cross-cultural stress, always a bad thing? Too much stress is not good.   More than 4 years ago on this blog, I mentioned a book by Dr. Richard Swenson on the topic of "Margin" - Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives.   I had read the book …

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

This post is contributed by Darlene Jovellanos, a former missionary colleague of mine in the Philippines.  After leaving the Philippines, Darlene led SEND's Member Orientation Program in Michigan for many years.  Currently she works in a part-time capacity with SEND U, and in a full-time capacity as wife, mother and home-schooler. Cultural adjustment is a …

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Joyful acceptance of hardships

Part 5 of a series on defining success for a missionary. Part 1 demonstrated that we, like Paul, can be confident in our ministry, despite all our detractors and critics. In Part 2, we saw in 2 Corinthians that Paul repeats the phrase “commend ourselves,” to identify key criteria that he uses to demonstrate that …

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