Cindy Gray

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Doing Missions When Living Is Gain

<i>Doing missions when dying is gain is the greatest life in the world.</i><p>I agree. As a staff member at Desiring God fifteen years ago, I was thrilled to …

I like you, just don't touch me.

<b>I really don’t like to be touched.</b> It’s not that it’s a particularly bad thing, it’s just that when you touch me, it makes me want to punch you in …

Living Between Worlds – A Post on TCKs

<b>For as long as I can remember I have lived between worlds.</b><p>My first memories of life are from a rooftop in the southern area of Pakistan. The high, …

Voluntary Simplicity: The Poetic Alternative to Consumer Culture

Is consumer culture the ultimate fulfillment of human destiny? Or are we entitled to hope for something more? Our current use of language, it must be …

Fight Poverty by Giving Poor People Money

Because of the way poverty is defined in the United States, it's obvious that poverty can be effectively combated by giving money to people who are …

Stop Chasing Success. Seek Significance.

<i>“I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It</i> …

The Secret Life of the Cross-Cultural Missionary

<i>Adam Gabriel Cavalier currently serves as cross-cultural worker in southeast Asia. He holds a Masters of Theology (ThM) in pastoral ministries from</i> …

Furlough, Interrupted

Culture shock/stress – intro & definitions

As noted by the last post of Patrick Nabwera’s thesis (Why missionaries quit 4), culture shock is one of the biggest challenges for someone working …

Reverse Culture Shock

Earlier this year, I had to get my passport renewed, and I found that handing over that little book containing a rainbow of stamps and visas was more …

14 Worst Types of Missionary Newsletters

I read a lot of missionary newsletters—about 100 every month.<p>As part of my job writing for SEND International, newsletters are some of my main …

The Risks and Rewards of Parenting Third Culture Kids

<i>Written by Judy Severns, TCK Education Consultant</i><p><i>Should we really consider cross-cultural ministry since it means taking our kids to a new place?</i> …

10 Tips to Make Culture Shock Fun

Has the pendulum swung too far? Are we obsessed with tips on culture shock? While it would be unwise to send missionaries into another culture …

NEHEMIAH THE SUPPORT RAISER: FIVE PRINCIPLES BEYOND “THE GOD ASK”

Imagine being charged with leading a group of people who are spread far and wide geographically, each is focused on diverse aspects of work and …

THREE THINGS YOUR DONORS WON'T TELL YOU

<b>1. I wish you were a better writer (i.e. I don’t read your letters much).</b><p>When I see your newsletter in the pile on the kitchen counter I cringe. As …

The Most Incredible Use Of 425 Square Feet You've Ever Seen

It’s really hard to make 425 square feet look spacious but Specht Harpman Architects managed to do just that in this once awkward New York City …

9 Things You Do NOT Need to Be Happy

<i>“You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never truly live if you are forever looking for the</i> …

Rethink the Bottom Line. Rethink Business.

<i>There is more joy found in owning less than can be found in pursuing more.</i><p>This is a mantra I have learned to be true over the past number of years. …

The Psychology Of Materialism, And Why It's Making You Unhappy

More money, more problems? It might just be true. Americans today, compared to 55 years ago, own twice as many cars and eat out twice as much per person, but we don't seem to be any happier because of it. Rather than rising levels of well-being, we've seen mounting credit card debt and increasing …

Consumerism In America: How Your Stuff Is Killing You - This Way To Paradise-Beaches, Islands, And Travel

<b>“Armaments, universal debt, and planned obsolescence – those are the three pillars of Western prosperity. If war, waste, and moneylenders were</b> …

There are Better Things to be than Rich

<i>“Money often costs too much.” ―Ralph Waldo Emerson</i><p>Today, in most societies, the pursuit of wealth has become inevitable— almost as if the desire to …

Materialism, Minimalism, and Immortality Symbols

<i>“Modern man is drinking and drugging himself out of awareness, or he spends his time shopping, which is the same thing.”</i> —Ernest Becker<p>The …