Member Care

Comparison is good and bad

May 29, 2017 JAPAN HARVEST 0

Many of my younger clients lament that they are not as thin, smart, or popular as others. In spite of the fact that comparing themselves with others makes them miserable, they find it hard to […]

Member Care

God’s strength in our weakness

May 25, 2017 JAPAN HARVEST 0

On first arriving in Japan in February 2015, I was expecting to do many things—learn Japanese, eat okonomiyaki, join a church, build a snowman, and make friends with very patient Japanese people. While I have […]

Member Care

Launch of new JEMA member care initiative

February 22, 2017 JAPAN HARVEST 0

Alan and Judy Steier of Barnabas International (a JEMA-endorsed ministry) were our primary presenters February 21 and 22 at JEMA Connect 2017.  Barnabas International is dedicated to “Shepherding the Hearts of Global Workers” in over 100 […]

Culture

Independent, not self reliant

February 18, 2017 Elena Kua 0

Two missionaries had high blood pressure,” I reported, “because they ate instant noodles every day.” My husband nodded gravely. “What else did you learn?” I recited the alliteration of doom that befalls some missionaries: “depression, […]

Member Care

Preparing for home assignment

May 31, 2015 Gary Bauman 0

“Home assignment,” “home service,” “furlough,” or some other name: for most missionaries, periodic visits to their support base for face-to-face contact are a reality of life. Do we approach this portion of our missionary ministry […]

Member Care

Short or long?

May 30, 2015 Wendy Marshall 0

Animated, even heated, discussions can erupt when missionaries talk about why they take long or short home assignments. How long you go on home assignment depends on why you take one. Other important factors include […]

Member Care

No man is an island

May 30, 2015 Susan Driscoll 0

No man is an island.” You may think of the poem, song or film when you hear this phrase, but have you ever stopped to consider it? Do you think it is true? In my […]