Category Archives: Thriving Through Retreat

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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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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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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Know a Harvest Worker Who Needs Professional Care?

There is a “Case for Missionary Care” and one of these days I hope to have my eBook done on that subject.  In the meantime, others are writing on the subject as well.  This post is from Minnesota Renewal, an … 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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Lessons on Slowing Down from a Downs-Syndrome Child

When I was in High School I was a member of the track team.  (Hey, that’s pretty far back there!)  My three events were the 220-yard dash, the low hurdles, and the 440-yard race.  The one I hated the most, … Continue reading

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Envisioning Life Impact’s Future

With a New Year comes my desire to look forward and envision what might happen and how the year might trend.  I find that an enriching exercise.  This year is a transition year for a couple reasons . . .

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