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Reverse Culture Shock

Having been back in Australia for a few months now, we have well and truly entered the stage of transition that follows the initial happy honeymoon phase—and have plunged down on the reverse culture shock curve.

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Recovering Missions for Our Churches

Church leaders first need to learn to see missions as organic to their fellowship’s identity in this world…. Cross-cultural workers need to recognize and embrace their role as messengers to their home churches…committing more time and energy to communicating well with their supporters back home.

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A Positive Legacy in China

While insensitive cross-cultural work has often resulted in closed doors or deportation, sensitive and authentic cross-cultural work has time and again won over the hearts of the Chinese people.

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An Invitation to Lament

Lament is bringing our loss, our complaints to God, and as a result experiencing sweet communion with him in the midst of pain.

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Three Little Pandas in a Pandemic

A Book for Families

Imagine the confusion for young children who left their toys at home when they went on vacation, and then never returned. Instead, they found themselves back in the land of their grandparents, often bouncing from one temporary home to another.

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3 Questions: The Transitions Workbook

[W]e give ourselves (and others) many gifts when we intentionally attend to our inner processes and emotions in the presence of the Lord.

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More Questions than Answers

. . . we choose to stay for now because of our firm belief that God will use these circumstances according to his will and for our good. We also stay because of a strong sense of call to China and our love for China.

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The Seed of the Church and the Modern Missions Movement

The Lord is building this eternal dwelling and the stones he is using to construct this beautiful “holy temple” include dedicated young men and women from various parts of China like the two martyrs in Pakistan and like the Bernheims.

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Drawing Boundaries amidst Ambiguity

What is the most important thing I would want someone going to China to know?

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Expatriate Ministry in China during the Age of COVID

The experience of ministering as an expatriate in China is quite different today, as those who remain struggle to carve out meaningful roles in an increasingly challenging environment.