Why Are Transitions So Difficult?
What Happens When You Try To Give Too Much Out Of Stores That Just Aren’t There?
“I’ve been through this so many times before; why is it still so hard?”
Angie* has served overseas for 11 years. She has lived in three different countries and changed roles and cities more times than that. Friends and teammates have come and gone. But this latest move, prompted by unexpected visa issues, has left her floundering.
“I should be used to starting over by now, but I’m just tired.
Was This a Mistake?
How often do you find yourself reaching a breaking point? How often do you try to give more than you have and need to stop and refuel? And when you do try to stop and take a breather, how often are you filled with guilt? Who am I to sit down and take a break? Do I really deserve this when there are people who need me? But at the same time, you may start feeling dread when someone comes to your door because you know you have nothing left to give. We become resentful. We become short-tempered. We become tired. We start to burn out.
What If You Allowed Yourself to Just Breathe?
“Should I be here? Was this a mistake?” Since middle school, Kelly dreamed of serving overseas. After a year of service on a university outreach team, she began wrestling more and more with doubts. The culture where she serves values directness, and a lot of “direct” comments about her abilities have stirred up her insecurities. Everyone comments on how my teammates picked up the language more quickly. They have more skills to bring to the table. Am I even doing enough? Am I enough?
Anxiety starts to play a more prominent role in Kelly’s life. It gets harder to sleep at night. Others’ laughter at a language blunder triggers waves of panic. She starts to get sick to her stomach any time she is asked to lead a small group or initiate a conversation with a national.
One of These Is Not Like the Others.
"Why don't you slow down and take a breather?" Susan asked as Dave walked in the door, his sweat-soaked shirt sticking to his body.
"I can't really afford to sit down right now.” As Dave shut the door behind him, the hot desert air seemed to recede as the atmosphere of the house returned to a comfortable temperature. “I just came from Abdullah's house to help patch his roof and now I have to prepare for the men's Bible study tonight and finish my sermon for tomorrow.”
"I just feel like you’re driving yourself into the ground," said Susan. "You look exhausted!"
Insight Into a "Typical Trip."
The president of an Eastern European country; a village in the mountains of Peru; university students in China; a people group along the Mediterranean Sea; a people group in Northern India; and those with medical needs in Kenya. What do these all have in common?
5 Unexpected Side Effects Of Grief And Loss
GRC regularly sends teams of care providers to a distant country regularly to provide care to the large number of global workers living there. This country is particularly strategic because of the concentration of global workers and the large number of unreached people groups concentrated there. GRC is committed to these recurring trips to assure a continuity of care to these clients and to see that every worker has access to care. While each trip finds our team encountering “typical” stress issues, each trip also carries its own unique challenges and problems. We hope the following post from one of our long-time care providers will give you more insight into a “typical trip” and the challenges faced by global workers around the world.
Who Has Failed Our Global Workers?
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.
Burnout Part 3: How Can I Protect Myself From Burnout?
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….
Burnout Part 2: Do's And Don'ts On The Path Of Burnout Recovery
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?