There is a great deal of turnover among global workers particularly in the first four years on the field. Another significant portion return between four and seven years. If a global worker remains on the field for eight years, then we see much more stability of the field, as well as, fruitfulness in church planting.
Turnover is not a problem in and of itself. It is the implication that church planting typically takes longer than seven year….
The first two articles in this series have focused on recognizing and treating burnout, but what if you are not burned out and just want to take healthy steps to prevent reaching a state of burnout? Here are a few ideas on how to start consciously making choices that will help prevent burnout in the long run.
If you read and resonated with the description of burnout in part one of our series on burnout, you may be asking yourself “What should I do if I’m already burned out?” As mentioned previously, burnout symptoms can be very similar to the symptoms of depression - meaning ‘doing’ anything can be an uphill battle. So what can you do (or not do) in order to start on the path towards becoming balanced instead of burned out?
What Causes Burnout? For those under the continual stress of living in a new location, adjusting to a new job, and juggling their own and other people's expectations - burnout is a real and looming risk. With all the new stressors to adjust to, prioritizing or even determining what your new self-care system needs to look like can be extremely difficult. So, what is “burnout” and how can we catch signs of burnout early?
One of the struggles that most global workers face is sending their young adult child “back” to the U.S. for college or another path into adulthood. For many of these students, America is a foreign country since they spent most of their lives overseas. Let us share a story of how GRC enabled one family to thrive through this challenge.
If you are a country or gospel music fan, you are most likely familiar with the song “Wings of a Dove” written in 1958 by Bob Ferguson. It was first recorded by Ferlin Husky and hit Number One on the country music charts in 1960. Because of it’s popularity, many other country artists through out the years have also recorded it. The first verse reads, “On the wings of a snow white dove. He sends His pure sweet love. A sign from above. On the wings of a dove.“ Harkening back to this song, this story comes from one of our skilled care providers who is also an avid aviator.
That we at GRC spend many hours in airplanes trying to get to global workers is just a fact of member care life…
As summer begins, many of us may be going on some long car or airplane rides. For those trying to entertain little ones, these long trips can be daunting. In the hope of helping, I thought I would share a list of activities and toys my parents used with my siblings and I as I was growing up overseas. Feel free to comment below and share more of your own tips and tricks for those going on long car/airplane trips in the coming months!
Technology has allowed us to be able to connect and communicate with more people, yet loneliness continues to be an issue for many people. There are many theories out there as to why this continues to be such a prevalent issue, but this article will focus more on a few small changes we can make towards connecting on a deeper level in order to help combat those times we begin to feel lonely.
“Most people don’t sign up to be overwhelmed,” said GRC counselor Erik in a conversation I had with him, but many people accidentally set themselves up to become overwhelmed by saying ‘yes’ to tasks that they should say ‘no’ to. So, how can we determine which tasks we should say ‘no’ to? How can we determine what to place on our “Not To Do” list?
Hamed is a refugee from a Muslim country where there has been much internal strife; he is one of a people group of less than 300,000; there are no known believers. He is living in a nearby country and has found part time work as a “language coach” for a small group of westerners who want to learn his language.
Joel is a western “worker”, living in a difficult country with his wife and three others in their small team, in the midst of language learning so they might at some point reach out to a people group with no known believers. He is in year two of the planned three year language learning phase and has struggled to acquire this strange tongue. Only recently has Joel obtained a new “language coach”, a native speaker, but who himself has very little English skill.