Member Care

Cultural Intelligence

“Culture is a set of shared assumptions and values that distinguishes one group from another.”1 Knowing how to adapt to another culture is essential for successful cross-cultural living, but the training that most missionaries receive […]

Member Care

Community is vital

“I want so much to belong. Sometimes I think I kind of belong and then I realize that I really don’t belong. The scary thing for me is that I don’t belong in America. I […]

Member Care

Make memorable vacations

The smell of blueberry muffins wafted through cabin 33 at Takayama.1 The girls were called from their beds, “And don’t forget your bathing suits!” Café au lait was in the thermos, while there was hot […]

Member Care

Expectations: attempting great things

After a term of service on the field, most missionary debriefs are about hurts and disappointments. In almost every case these are the result of unmet or unfulfilled expectations. One definition of “expectation” in the […]

Member Care

JEMA Women In Ministry retreats – 2017

It’s special for women in ministry to take a break from family and ministry responsibilities and gather for a time of teaching, fellowship, fun and rest. Space and freedom to share our stories, joys, pains, […]

Member Care

Comparison is good and bad

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

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 […]

Daily Life

The advantages and drawbacks of independence

Whether we’re independent missionaries or missionaries connected with a missionary organization, we’re all called to trust and depend on Jesus, who said in the Great Commission, “Lo, I am with you always” (Matt. 28:20 KJV). […]

Member Care

Launch of new JEMA member care initiative

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 […]


Independent, not self reliant

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, […]