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Journalling

by Shawna Levet
Posted on 1st March 2019
Even if you don’t consider yourself a prolific writer, the practice of putting your thoughts down with pen and paper is powerful and transformative — especially during a trip abroad. It forces you to probe the deepest places of your heart and mind and ask tough questions. It gives you...

Missionaries are People Too

by Fiona Mearns
Posted on 1st February 2019
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.  1 Thessalonians 5: 11   If someone came to your home and cheerfully presented you with a bag of used tea bags as a gift, I suspect – like me – you’d be taken aback.  Whatever your...

OSCAR in Numbers

by Mike Frith
Posted on 1st January 2019
Here's a little snapshot of OSCAR at the end of 2018: Number of visits to the website in 2018 = 180,000 Number of pages viewed in 2018 = 1,200,000 Number of jobs/opportunities advertised in 2018 = 2,500 Number of events advertised in 2018 = 252   Number of pages on website = 1300+ Number of articles =...

Reverse Culture Shock

by Joanne Elsworth
Posted on 1st December 2018
Cowering by the radiator in my mother’s home, wrapped in my large pink fluffy dressing gown, was my first experience of reverse culture shock. In my early twenties I had spent time living and working in a South East Asian Orphanage for children with disabilities. Being immersed daily into poverty,...

Taking a Sabbath

by Nicky Brand
Posted on 1st November 2018
Practice of taking a Sabbath? In my life prior to being a full -time missionary I had not ever considered the principle of taking a Sabbath , but quickly became aware of what it can be like to be a full -time Christian worker. The demands are great, we set our...

Recognising Trauma Symptoms

by Fiona Dunkley
Posted on 1st October 2018
  I’m so tired and I cannot sleep, As my fears all surface and drag me in deep. The darkness and anguish hit me between the eyes. All those memories I desperately try to deny. The dark shadows follow me around every day. Those thoughts of despair I can’t shake away. (One verse from a poem the...

Cross-Cultural Church Planting

by Alex Hawke
Posted on 1st September 2018
It has been exciting to see a surge in church planting happening around the world. I believe that planting churches, or should I say, planting churches well, is probably the most effective strategy for reaching those without Christ that there has ever been. Now that you know I’m pro-church planting,...

RESPECT: A Resilience Toolkit for Mission Workers

by Fiona Dunkley
Posted on 1st August 2018
Building resilience is the ability to bounce back after difficult events. How do we increase our ability to remain resilient when facing adversity. Mission workers are often under great pressure, there is little time to switch off, and maintaining healthy boundaries can become challenging. The nature of working within mission...

Handling Criticism

by Jonathan Roberts
Posted on 1st July 2018
If we are any kind of leader someone is going to be unhappy with something we have or haven’t done, something we’ve said or a decision we’ve made. It can leave us feeling discouraged and angry. How do we handle it? WHAT TO DO The first thing to do is consider whether...

Millennials and Mission

by Sarita Hartz
Posted on 1st June 2018
Every day I see beautiful, passionate, world changers torn to bits by the machine that is missions, limping home disillusioned, cynical, and shipwrecked from their faith. It makes me wonder if this churning beast we’ve created has gone awry and our youth are just collateral damage, expendable because there’s always...
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