Why We Wrote Grit to Stay Grace to Go

In November 2020, fellow Christar worker and my friend, Sue Eenigenburg, approached me about collaborating on a new book about grit. Here's why I joined her in writing "Grit to Stay Grace to Go: Staying Well in Cross-Cultural Ministry" and how you can help us spread the word.

Advent 2022 Christmas: Grace, Love, and Fellowship With Us

My advent mediations are inspired by my recent study of 2 Corinthians which ended with a beautiful benediction—the only one that mentions all three persons of the Trinity. We have seen that the Trinity was with us in the Christmas story through grace, love, and fellowship. But how were grace, love, and fellowship also visible in the lives of the people in the Christmas events? And how do we demonstrate these traits in our own lives?

Advent 2022 First Sunday: Grace

Advent 2022 begins today, November 27. Advent, which means “arrival,” reminds us to remember Christ’s first coming and anticipate his second. My advent mediation this year will be inspired by my recent study of 2 Corinthians which ended with a beautiful benediction—the only one that mentions all three persons of the Trinity. First, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Six Responses When Others Go

After we have felt the feelings and admitted the reactions we experience when someone leaves our team, ministry, or church, we can then focus on how to respond well. I now offer six responses (from the upcoming book) we can implement to help us stay well when others go.

Six Reactions When Others Go

In our pre-departure orientation at Christar, I teach a workshop on change, specifically the changes one needs to expect when choosing the cross-cultural life. I begin the session by creating a timeline on a large white board. I add initials to the timeline as I recount the comings and goings of my overseas team. Over the span of ten years, our team experienced fifteen team changes, not including the normal ebb and flow of home assignment (which is difficult enough on its own). In our upcoming book, I have identified some common reactions felt by those who say goodbye to exiting teammates. I offer them here as a sneak peak. 

I’m Co-Writing a New Book

By now you probably know that my colleague, Sue Eenigenburg and I are co-authoring a book. Our working title is “Grit and Grace in Cross-Cultural Ministry” but that may change.

You Are the Last One Hired

Jesus tells a parable about a landowner who hires workers for his vineyard (Matthew 20:1–16). Who are you in the story?

Be Strengthened by Grace

I feel like I've done a bunch of things wrong lately. I feel like I’ve done something morally wrong. Like I’m a criminal, or a bad person. Like I’ve been caught with my hand in the cookie jar when I never actually put it in. Or accidentally put it in. The fact is I’m a rule follower and I don’t like looking bad.