Archives For Deputation/Furlough

Due to the flood of information through technology, I am afraid that we have lost an important art and function in our society: mentoring. Throughout my years preparing for ministry, I have had a yearning to be mentored. While there are men who purposely invest their time in mentoring others, this is more rare than it is common. Many times, it is simply because the person in ministry seems too busy to truly fulfill the role of mentor so we never take steps to create it. While I have been blessed by other people in ministry taking the time to tutor and train me, I doubt that I am alone in wishing I had more of this important aspect of ministry.

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I received an email from an individual who has a home that will be available for a missionary to rent, starting June 24, 2013.  The home is located in Creston, Iowa, about 70 to 80 miles SW of Des Moines and Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary in Ankeny.  It is a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom fully-furnished ranch home.  You would need to cover the $475 per month for rent and 80% of utilities.  For further information, please send me an email.

Okay, so if you have a furlough coming up or have to do any flying over a couple or more time zones, you have probably experienced the classic jet lag. Your body is trying to keep the old time zone even though you are no longer in it. Changing your watch is easy, but changing the body clock takes a bit more time. Using some science, a website called jetlagrooster.com claims to be able to help you avoid the jet lag experience and actually prevent it.

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Generally speaking, the more informed you are about something, the more likely you are to make it through it. For example, if a pregnant woman expects pain, is aware of the cause, and keeps in the end result of it, she will more than likely go through the process easier than a woman who had no clue what was going on. Being informed does not dull the pain, but helps to keep one’s sanity through the difficulty. Culture shock is no exception. The more a missionary knows about it, the more likely they will be to come out on the right side in the end. The goal here is not to eliminate culture shock but to “reduce the voltage” of the shock.

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The Missionary Questionnaire

December 12, 2012 — 2 Comments

Every missionary on deputation has heard the secretary or pastor say, “We will send you a questionnaire first.” Those words often strike a chord of wonder. Will it be short or long? Will it make sense or be confusing? Will it be agreeable or offensive? Once the questionnaire is mailed or emailed, all questions in mind are answered by the questions asked. Hopefully the information below will help you as a pastor to decide whether or not to have a questionnaire, and if so, what kind of one to have.

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