There are two types of people in the world: Givers and Takers. Missionaries are Givers! We give and give and give some more.
However staying on that side of the equation in life can lead to strain and stress and sometimes break down. Are you in a healthy place today, or are you suffering from ‘compassion fatigue?”
In this blog post, Sarita Hartz deals with that issue. Test yourself.
“I remember after a long, hot day in Uganda, sweat seeping through my shirt, after spending hours in the hospital with another one of the women in my community who was diagnosed with HIV, I would collapse on my bed, face tear stained, so exhausted I couldn’t think about making dinner.
The reality was, those days were more typical than non typical.
Over time, the suffering of others can seep into your bones and drain you.
Missionaries and aid workers have countless trauma inputs every day from the threat of violence, to listening to traumatic stories, dealing the problems of others, to illness, domestic violence, child abuse, and even grieving the loss of someone in their community.” (Read more . . .)