A lot more preparation required

My wife loves to host people.  She is a great cook, and will often spend most of the day preparing a meal for our dinner guests. My participation in the preparations is decidedly less.  Maybe all the guests are thankful for that.  Admittedly, I don't know much about how to prepare a great meal for guests. …

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Not a victim, but a learner

In two previous blog posts, I have been talking about crucible experiences that God often uses to perfect us. But as I have noted, difficult life experiences in themselves do not refine us. Our response to the crucible experiences of life and ministry is what allows the crucible to become transformative. Crucibles are used in …

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Sharpening the Saw or the Axe

One of my key responsibilities as the head of SEND U (SEND International's training department) is to champion lifelong learning within our organization.   One of the things we have been promoting, first of all with our team leaders, and now with the entire membership is the importance of every missionary drawing up their own …

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Learning and Servanthood

This past month, I read Duane Elmer's book, Cross-Cultural Servanthood: Serving the World in Christlike Humility.   Elmer, a former faculty member at Missionary Internship (now MTI) has written a number of helpful books about the process of transitioning into another culture and working effectively as a cross-cultural missionary.   Cross-cultural Servanthood addresses the question of what we …

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