After four weeks in East Asia, dashed expectations turn into character-changing lessons.
Christmas is about the most glorious season in the year, but it can be the least glorious and the most painful if we are far from all that has made it wonderful for us in the past. One missionary shares what she has learned about celebrating Christmas, wherever in the world God has put her.
“I don’t want you to leave,” he sobbed. I held him tightly and let him cry. Goodbyes are hard on little boys … and their grandmothers. Is this what God wants?
Hank developed a close relationship with an English student, but all they talked about was engineering. How to get past that into genuine spiritual conversations?
If you are a global worker (or any ministry worker), it may seem that it is not OK to spend money on vacation. Vacation is something ministry people don’t take very often, and when they do, they worry about what people will think. Vacationing in a place like this with a gorgeous beach is a dirty little secret that you can only indulge in if someone else is paying the bill. If global workers don’t take vacations, though, it’s disastrous. The pressure of living cross-culturally, thinking and working in another language, living with constant ambiguity, often working in circumstances where they have to somewhat “hide” their Kingdom goals, is highly stressful.