Category Archives: Thriving Through Rest

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 … Continue reading

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Missionary, Are You Suffering from Compassion Fatigue?

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 … Continue reading

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What Do You Do If You Burn Out?

Bill Tell, and his wife, Sue, are friends of ours going back to College days! Hey, that’s a long time back, I guess we are almost life-long friends.

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Whatever You Do, Don’t Burn Out!

Going down in flames on the Mission Field at one time was a sign of total commitment to Christ and His cause.  Today most of us consider it a loss to the Great Commission enterprise.  T. J. Addington would agree … Continue reading

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Burn Out, Rust Out or Last Out?

In our early days of being challenged for missions through The Navigators, the idea of going all out 100% for Christ’s cause was the challenge.  Of course, that’s what we want to do — only one life, ’twill soon be … Continue reading

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Sabbath Rest or Not? 7 Principles

Gaining rest is a necessity for Christian workers, even though many of us are on the work-a-holic side, and we love our job.  But in our hectic day, the concept of biblical Sabbath is having a renewal.  Here Gavin Ortlund … Continue reading

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Personal Trials Create Deeper Ministry

Our Life Impact Staff are missionaries too.  They go out to establish an Oasis to care for Christian Workers.  But they also have the same needs the missionaries do.  They wrestle with the same issues.  There’s a value in that, … Continue reading

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New Studies on Burnout

Burnout has been part of our missionary culture for quite some time.  In this blog post from Gary Collins, there is a new perspective on that reality — the extent of it is greater than we thought.  And the remedies … Continue reading

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Staying Strong in the Midst of Mammoth Challenges?

Keeping up our “inner strength” in the midst of the mammoth challenges cross-cultural workers face is a major issue for most of us.  The work is always in our face, early morning until late at night.  How do we keep … Continue reading

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How One Missionary Mother Handled Transition

A few years after we started the 1st Life Impact Oasis in Sunriver, Oregon, a missionary wife and mother, Denele Ivins, came to our Oasis for a personal Retreat.  She was in a major transition from mission field back into … Continue reading

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