Lessons from a Doctor on Missionary Stress

This is a post from Mark Bright, Medical Doctor in Madagascar on his journey from excitement to be working in a field hospital into the deep depression of a burn-out existence.  His journey and encouragements are instructive for any of us in a cross-cultural, or high-stress job today.

Bright FamilyJourney Into Burn-Out

It was the beginning of a long and stressful night. I was a first year resident and still nervous each call shift. I glanced at the roster of doctors on call with me at the hospital that night and my heart sank. He was on call. I worked with many amazing doctors.   Fantastic mentors who were smart, compassionate and who had wonderful bedside manners. He was not one of them. Last time I was on call, he cursed me out for disturbing him in the middle of the night because someone was really sick and I didn’t know enough to help them.  (Read more . . .)


About Dave Grissen

David & Sheri Grissen spent 44 years in mission and humanitarian aid work. In 2003 they established Life Impact, a ministry of strengthening Christian workers in hosted centers, called Oases. Presently 12 Oases are functioning. www.LifeImpactMinistries.net. In 2016 they started Fund The Ministry to help missionaries create new funding for their ministries. www.FundTheMinistry.com. They have five married children and fifteen grandchildren.
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