In April, 2017, the Kingdom population was increased by two. This couple lives in a country that we can’t name and for the safety and anonymity of all parties, names will be fictitious although the people are real. The couple had a friend that was a housekeeper for Mr. and Mrs. George, global workers living in their city. They heard their friend talk about how the Georges were different than other people she had worked for. So they began to observe the Georges and notice the same thing.
I am sure you can imagine that spiritual warfare looks different in animistic tribal villages around the world than it does in the U.S. In America, when someone “curses you” it usually means that they yell profanity at you. In tribal villages, when someone “curses you,” it takes on a much more literal meaning, especially when the person doing the cursing is a witch doctor.
Global Worker families are not immune to this spiritual warfare. On the contrary, at times they are targeted for their very presence in these villages,…
Grieving a loss can be an overwhelming process. When people talk about grief they often use the term in reference to losing a person, but in actuality grief can occur anytime a change occurs. We can grieve the temporary loss of friendships or changes in a friendship when a friend gets married, the loss of a place after moving, the loss of familiarity, or the loss of a loved one. Grief is an emotional process most people can relate to because grief is something we all experience at one time or another. In spite of how common the grieving process is, many are not familiar with certain “side effects” that can occur when we are in the middle of grieving a loss.
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!