He twists the Word to create false expectations of self and others. He picks at the past wounds and fears of inadequacy and being “too . . . “ (fill in the blank). He mingles guilt and shame into her calling to the field. She believes the gospel, but it gets confused with self-doubt, the need to “help” others, and the difficulty of reconciling the hope of redemption with the pain, suffering, and evil surrounding her.
I recently had the privilege of sitting down with Lisa, a member of the GRC staff. Lisa has served overseas with her husband, Scott, for over twenty years. As we talked, we got on the topic of how we can show care for one another. Here is what Lisa shared from her years of experience ministering to her co-workers on the field:
Think back to how you first met and became friends with your best friend. Can you remember? Sometimes growing a friendship or a community of friends can happen effortlessly, but when we move to a new location, we may find ourselves at a loss when trying to form those same deep connections. Here are a few ideas Becky (GRC's Spiritual Director) gave when asked how to go about building a community after moving to a new place.
A remote village in a distant land, a strange tongue. One woman, seeking. Willing to do whatever it might take to find that which she seeks.
A compound for global workers, distant land, familiar tongue. One woman providing nursing care to more people in one day than she may have seen in a week in her “passport country”. She, too, is seeking. Also willing to do whatever it might take to find it.
Two women, separated by culture, language, and life experience, living only miles apart. But their stories will bring them much closer together…
When we are preparing to live in a new location, it can be tough to determine how to create a foundation for emotional and spiritual health while living overseas. Here are five tips to help set that healthy foundation in order to thrive while serving.
I recently sat down with with GRC’s Spiritual Director to talk about what making space for our spiritual life can look like and why this is important in our daily life. Becky stated that sometimes we “can get so busy with the doing that we neglect the being.” This is where creating Spiritual space can be vital to our spiritual well-being. While these steps are not exhaustive, Becky gave a few starting points to begin creating spiritual space:
When we’re serving, it can be easy to spread ourselves thin trying to do all that needs to be done. Here is part 2 with 5 additional tips can help you refocus and keep stress at a manageable level.
When we’re serving, it can be easy to spread ourselves thin trying to do all that needs to be done. Here is part 1 in a series on 5 tips that can help you refocus and keep stress at a manageable level.
The holiday season can be a tough time to be away from family. These five tips can help anyone spending the holidays away from family to thrive in the midst of the season.