Have you ever wondered what keeps some missionaries on the field for ages? Is it stubbornness or is there more? Researchers are discovering that certain clusters of qualities together make some people more resilient than others. “Resiliency” is a Member Care podcast that takes a dive into the world of grit and stretch-ability to help us better understand and grow in our ability to go through difficulties and come out on the other side better and stronger. Join co-hosts Silas West and Steve Findley in their conversations about resiliency with experts, field workers and those who support them.
Today's guests, Tim and Kristi, share with us about how they stay grounded, maintain routines, and build traditions so that they and their family of teenagers can have fun, stay connected and live resiliently in one of the least stable regions of the world.
We don't have anything new to share with you about COVID19. But we know you are facing it and wanted to share a word of encouragement to all of our listeners. We are in this together and we will get through it by the grace of God.
We finish up our interview with Chris and Rebekah where they share how choosing intimacy with Jesus can even make you thankful for prison. Join us in part 2 as we talk with Chris and Rebekah about their journey of becoming stronger in the face of serving God faithfully through military invasions, intifadas, and even imprisonment.
"Gutting it out is not the same as thriving. Learning to meet God in pain instead of feeling I have to gut it out for God is how we honor God, not the other way around (Chris). Join us in part 1 of 2 as we talk with Chris and Rebekah about their journey of becoming stronger in the face of serving God faithfully through military invasions, intifadas, and even imprisonment.
Jim Marsh is the Dean of Student Health and Wellness, and Executive Director for Counseling Services at Baylor University. We asked Jim to share with us about some of his observations on the decrease in resiliency among incoming college students over the years. Though his work is not with Global Workers, he gives us some language to address areas of lack in Global Worker resiliency as well as helpful interventions that are just as poignant to us as they are to the students at Baylor.
Sometimes we have technical issues and sometimes its straight-up user error (its a fool who blames his tools...). The last episode had some recording problems that are fixed now so go ahead and listen again!
"C" and "C" have lived for years with their family in one of the most difficult countries for global workers. Listen as they share about their trust in God, their love of their country, and how they have made it for all these years by including their children in ministry, connecting intentionally with others including local friends, and finding things they love where they live.
LMFT Geoff Whiteman (linktr.ee/geoffwhiteman) takes us into his research on what makes global workers resilient. He briefly shares about "Kintsugi" a Japanese method of repairing broken pottery with gold and shares conclusive evidence that resiliency comes from Jesus Himself, the Resilient One, and makes us more precious for having been broken.
In this two-part interview, we return with Cindy, a veteran of over 20 years in Jakarta, Indonesia, who shares how finding belonging in her host culture was the foundation of her resilient cross-cultural life. In this episode, Cindy offers practical ways that we can develop our own sense of belonging wherever we are.
"Tim and Amy" (their real names have been edited out of the podcast for their security and the security of those they labor among) and their children served in one of the most repressive cities under very difficult circumstances. Yet they chose to press on. Why? Listen to this amazing couple share their keys to resiliency; simply how their passion for Jesus kept them and continues to keep them pressing forward.
We all know that exercise is good for us. But did you know that it actually slows down aging, reverses depression and restructures our brains? Listen as Rachel Keener shares valuable research and personal passion for exercise as she encourages us to "run for our lives".
Secondary trauma depletes your energy, keeps you awake, numbs your heart and fragments your thoughts. If you are caring for or exposed to people who have been traumatized or are in crisis then you are suffering with them vicariously. Empathy takes a toll. Join us in our conversation with Kimberly West who served for a decade among the most vulnerable of the poor in Nepal and Susan Peters who serves alongside victims of human trafficking as they talk about how they face secondary trauma without loosing hope.
Every family has their how-to secrets; secret recipes, secret fishing holes, secret short-cuts to the gym. In this episode, Steve and Silas are launching a periodically re-occuring series called "Keys to Resiliency" where long term field workers share with us their best kept secrets to making it for the long haul. In this episode, Stephanie shares how a posture of life-long learning has enabled her and her family to thrive on the field.
Guest Scott Shaum, author of "The Uninvited Companion" takes us on a journey into his own suffering through chronic pain and fatigue which he developed following a serious illness overseas and explores with us how his weakness has become his greatest strength.
Silas interviews Mike and Stephanie, long-term field workers who help us understand how the more you commit to language learning and adjusting to your host culture, the lower your stress will be and the greater your resilience will be on the field.