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, […]

Member Care

Preparing for home assignment

“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

What Is missionary success?

As we missionaries come to the end of a term and reflect on its ups and downs, we often wonder whether it has been a good term and if we have been successful. My wife […]

Member Care

Short or long?

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

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 […]