Tips for Supporting your Cross-cultural Workers

Many churches throughout the world support cross-cultural workers in some way or another. Some pay, some pray, some visit. But what are key ways that your church can support your ministers serving in other countries or among other cultures?

My wonderful wife, Sharon, has written on this topic for the blog at New Wineskins. I have encouraged her to share about it at her blog, though she’s not one for blogging much. So I’m sharing it!

Here is one idea, but read the whole thing for other ideas too:

  1. Write Us Back. We send out an update email once every 1-2 months, and it means something to us when people write us back. Everything from “great insights, we’ll be praying for you” to in-depth responses – we love it all. It communicates to us that people are reading about what we’re doing, and they care. One of the things that I’ve learned in our time in ministry is that people want to know that they matter… to God and to others. Missionaries, as it turns out, are no exception.

Read the rest here.

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The Role of History in Pastoral Care for Christians from a Muslim background

A paragraph from my latest article:

It is common for apostates from Islam, and especially for converts to Christianity, to be construed as betraying their people. This reality comes across quite clearly in the many autobiographical books written by CMBs, that there was a genuine struggle for them in formulating and explaining that while they had left Islam, they were still loyal citizens of their nation. The intention of the two pastors in selecting Church history was, I suspect, to provide the CMBs with the historical resources whereby an intelligent and informed answer could be given to the question, “Why have you betrayed your people by leaving Islam.”

Get the PDF at academia or read it in two parts at the New Wineskins blog (part 1, part 2).

Christmas Greetings: Mi Burrito Sabanero

One of the cute songs they sing here is “Mi Burrito Sabanero” (my little burro from the savannah). It is a Venezuelan Christmas song and the chorus says, “If you see me, I’m on my way to Bethlehem.” Of course, riding the little burro. Here is a completely non-professional version of this from my daughter.

Watch and enjoy. Do drop by the Youtube page and give it your thumbs up. And Christmas blessings on this tenth day of Christmas.

The kids in Spain

Or kids attend a school that Sharon and I really appreciate–Colegio el Porvenir. This school was founded by a German Protestant some 120 years ago when Protestant children in Spain had a very, very difficult time finding decent education. This is a recent class picture of our youngest daughter’s 2nd grade class going on a field trip here in Madrid.

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All of this to say we’re thankful for this trilingual school, the fruit of German missionary work here over a century ago.

PS: Our daughter is the blond one on the right leaning against her teacher.

Anglican Cathedral Church of the Redeemer, Madrid

So we’re settling down nicely in Madrid. Got a bank account and will hopefully have a flat some time next week. My work here is related to ministry and education, which is pretty much what I’ve been doing since we moved to Nazareth back in 2008.

I’m pleased to be serving as deacon at the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (Iglesia Catedral del Redentor). This is the only cathedral church of the Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain (Iglesia Española Reformada Episcopal). This is the oldest Protestant church in the country. What privilege to serve at such a historical church. Here are a couple pictures, and then a couple family pictures too.