4 Tips on Fundraising Over the Holidays

For missionary families, going “home” for Christmas can be a wonderful blessing or an exhausting ordeal. Over the years Lynn and I have struggled to find the balance between spending time with family and visiting our ministry partners, and we’ve put enormous pressure on ourselves to make everyone happy.  That approach left us feeling tired and frustrated, and wondering if we had disappointed every person … Continue reading 4 Tips on Fundraising Over the Holidays

Keeping Christ in a Navigator Family Christmas

Our first few years of marriage, Christmas Eve and Day looked so different from how I grew up and even year to year they were different.  I grew up with a small extended family, and my husband typically saw 100+ people every year at Christmas, so that was a big adjustment!  Add on our job with The Navigators, and now we were “on”, relating with … Continue reading Keeping Christ in a Navigator Family Christmas

Ready or Not, Staff Conference is Coming

Somewhere in the mid-seventies, Bill and I attended our first staff conference. It was a big deal. We lived in Illinois, the conference at Glen Eyrie. I assume we drove (I can’t imagine having money for plane tickets back then). I was young and a new mom. I remember where she and I were standing in the Castle. I remember the conversation as if it … Continue reading Ready or Not, Staff Conference is Coming

Life as a Mommy Missionary…When There is a Conference

In our first years of marriage and on staff, Dave and I experienced regular conflict during conferences.  We would go, go, go all day all week and rarely connect or pace ourselves.  As we entered parenthood, new challenges arose—Do I go?  Do we bring kids?  And if our whole family is there, who is “on” as the parent?  We’d begin conferences tired, after packing and … Continue reading Life as a Mommy Missionary…When There is a Conference

Truths and Lies About Disciple-Making

I hit a wall after we returned from Indonesia twenty years ago. I was relationally tired. I found myself paralyzed when I considered discipling yet one more woman! How would I ever maintain the many relationships I had left behind and even before Indonesia? We were ‘beginning again’ connecting with donors, other staff, church, neighbors, family, and new friends. My personal expectations on top of … Continue reading Truths and Lies About Disciple-Making