The Innkeepers by Sanctuary Inn
By Steven Price
A podcast by Sanctuary Inn - We believe we are called to equip, refresh, and restore God's Global Workers. On this podcast we will be interviewing guests who have much to teach us about the many facets of Missionary Care. Let's learn together and be encouraged to press on in the work that God has given each one of us to do.
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Young Adult MK/TCK Care
Tammy Sharp gives her perspective as an adult TCK and as an MK care specialist into the needs of young adult missionary kids. ABOUT TAMMY SHARP: Tammy was born and raised in Brazil where her parents served as teachers and administrators at Amazon Valley Academy. She attended Wheaton College to become a history teacher at a MK school somewhere in the world. She ended up teaching back in Brazil after 5 years at a school in Alaska. Tammy then finished her Master's in Education and planned to head back overseas, but instead worked at a missions agency for 17 years as the MK Coordinator serving MKs ages 0-80. In January 2018 Tammy joined Barnabas International as a TCK Consultant and Director of MuKappa. Tammy is excited to serve on the Board of Sanctuary Inn to continue caring for Global Workers and their families. ADDITIONAL RESOURCE: • MuKappa • TCK Counseling Network • Compass Ministries MK Transition Seminars: • Interaction International Overview - https://interactionintl.org/transition-seminars/ - https://interactionintl.org/events/ • Barnabas MK Transition Seminar • Narramore Christian Foundation holds MK ReEntry Seminar • Classic ReBoot Canadian Re-entry Seminar • TCK Snow Camp (for college-aged TCKs) Books: • Third Culture Kids 3rd Edition: Growing up among worlds by by Ruth E. Van Reken, Michael V. Pollock, David C. Pollock • Raising Up a Generation of Healthy Third Culture Kids: A Practical Guide to Preventive Care by Lauren Wells • Third Culture Kids: A Gift to Care For by Ulrika Ernvik • With: Reimagining the Way You Relate to God by Skye Jethani • "I Have to Be Perfect": (And Other Parsonage Heresies) by Timothy L. Sanford M.A. • The Grief Tower: A Practical Guide to Processing Grief with Third Culture Kids by Lauren Well • Unstacking Your Grief Tower: A Guide to Processing Grief as an Adult Third Culture Kid by Lauren Wells
June 18, 2022
Scott Shaum from Barnabas International shares about God’s heart for Sabbath rest in our lives today. ABOUT SCOTT SHAUM: Scott Shaum, along with his wife Beth, have served with Barnabas International for 18 years, where he is currently Associate Director. They have lived in Asia and Scott has been a pastor at two local churches. They have 3 married sons and two granddaughters. Scott loves long conversations over well prepared meals, a stack of books, and long walks in the forests near their home in Colorado. ADDITIONAL RESOURCE: • Subversive Sabbath by A. J. Swobod • Rest of God by Mark Buchanan • Sabbath Keeping: Finding Freedom in the Rhythms of Rest by Lynne M. Baab • Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now by Walter Brueggemann
May 23, 2022
How to Have Crisis Conversations
Rob Lloyd shares from his expertise the impact a Crisis Debrief can make in the life of someone who has experienced a powerful event. ABOUT ROB LLOYD: Rob Lloyd is the founder and CEO of the Responders Resource Center, a senior chaplain and the Lead pastor of Freedom Community Church. He created the vast majority of the courses in our chaplaincy training program and is a certified instructor of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) through UMBC. He holds a certificate of specialized training in Schools & Children Crisis Response from ICISF and UMBC, is a member of the SMART team for public school incidents and leads the CISM ASSIST team for private school incidents. He is also the clinical director of the SW Washington CISM team and is trained in the FEMA Incident Command System and National Incident Management System. It is Rob’s passion to provide excellent training for those who have a desire to assist people who have experienced events that have the potential to overwhelm them. ADDITIONAL RESOURCE: • The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk M.D. • Hope for the Heart Series by June Hunt • ICISF online training - Psychological First Aid • Responders Resource Center (RRC)
May 09, 2022
Support Raising Through Building Relationships
Dan Abbott, Development Director at Sanctuary Inn, shares what God has taught him on the journey of support raising. ABOUT DAN ABBOTT: Dan Abbott comes from a YWAM ministry background, enjoys teaching and preaching, and graduated from Western Seminary with a Masters in Biblical Studies and Theology. He has been working at Sanctuary Inn for the last five years and currently is the Development Director. Dan and his wife Anna are the parents of three young sons. ADDITIONAL RESOURCE: • A Spirituality of Fundraising (Henri Nouwen Spirituality) by Henri J.M. Nouwen • The Treasure Principle Bible Study: Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving by Randy Alcorn • The Sower: Redefining the Ministry of Raising Kingdom Resources by R. Scott Rodin and Gary G. Hoag
April 18, 2022
Singleness and Missions
Rebekah Strangarity shares with us some of the blessings and challenges of life as a single missionary. ABOUT REBEKAH STRANGARITY: Rebekah Strangarity grew up in Lancaster County, PA and attended Lancaster Bible College (B.S., in Bible and TESOL), Western Seminary (M.A. in Ministry Leadership-Pastoral Care to Women), and Tel Aviv University (M.A. in Trauma and Crisis Studies). She has been teaching at LBC since August 2020. Prior to that, she served for five years in Israel where she helped start and run a shelter for prostitutes, start a counseling center, and teach Bible studies. While living in Portland, Oregon, she helped direct a ministry for trafficked teenagers. Her passion is seeing women walk in wholeness, to find freedom and healing from abuse, and grow theologically strong. Rebekah has also been a champion of the ministry of Sanctuary Inn since it’s beginning; she now serves on the Sanctuary Inn Board. ADDITIONAL RESOURCE: https://www.azmera.net/retreats https://velvetashes.com/
March 21, 2022
Missionary Care On the Field
Karen DeGraaf shares from her life experience and perspective as a Counselor and Missionary Care provider in West Africa. ABOUT KAREN DEGRAAF: Karen (M.A., Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (NC), SIL Africa Area Counseling Coordinator) joined Wycliffe Bible Translators when she was 22, and met her husband David as they were both training to do translation and linguistic research in French-speaking West Africa. They spent 11 years in Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa, and had 3 children there. They were forced to leave in 2002 when a civil war tore the country apart, and Karen made the not-so-obvious shift from language work to counseling and member care. In 2006 she received her MA in Counseling from Western Seminary in Portland, OR. She served as a counselor at the Wycliffe JAARS Center in North Carolina for 8 years, then relocated to Cameroon, Africa to take the assignment of Africa Area Counseling Coordinator. Karen’s areas of specialization include depression, anxiety, trauma recovery, stress/burnout, relationships, transitions, grief and loss. She is a facilitator for Strengthening Your Interpersonal Skills workshops, Trauma Healing workshops, and has training as a Life Coach. She works with adults, couples and adolescents. Karen loves to help both individuals and teams discover how to live and work with grace and resilience.
March 07, 2022
Bearing God’s Name Among the Nations
Dr. Carmen Imes unpacks material from her book “Bearing God’s Name” and helps us understand how our view of God impacts our life in ministry. ABOUT DR. CARMEN IMES: Carmen is Associate Professor of Old Testament at Biola University. A graduate of Wheaton College (PhD), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (MABS), and Multnomah University (BA), Carmen has also taught at Prairie College in Alberta, Canada. She and her husband were missionaries with SIM for 15 years, having served in church planting in the Philippines and administration for a multi-country ministry called Sports Friends. Carmen is the author of Bearing God's Name: Why Sinai Still Matters and editor of Praying the Psalms with Augustine and Friends. She's passionate about equipping Christians to read the Old Testament well and embrace their identity and vocation as people who bear God's name. ADDITIONAL RESOURCE: Bearing God’s Name: Why Sinai Still Matters
February 21, 2022
Retirement Finances & Missions
This interview with seasoned missionaries Dennis Beck and Mark Downing explores how missionaries can prepare for their retirement years. About Dennis Beck: As an international missionary with Campus Crusade for Christ (branded as Cru in the USA) in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) for 38 years, Dennis was asked to move from student ministry to administrative roles as the 20 countries devolved in 1991. As Area Financial Manager his challenge was to bring order out of the post-communist chaos introducing financial systems, western style accounting and auditing skills across the 20 national ministries involving 800 staff. He introduced retirement savings plans for those same CEE staff, starting with Poland in 1994. He continues to teach retirement seminars and to facilitate individualized sessions with his missionary colleagues. About Mark Downing: He is currently enjoying retirement after serving 26 years in Brazil with the Baptist General Conference, now called Converge. After language school, he began teaching Greek and New Testament courses in a seminary in Campo Grande, near the middle of the country, training pastors and missionaries. After doing that for 10 years he did some retooling to help start a missions degree at the seminary. After directing the Missions Department and teaching missions for another five years, he then transferred to Rio de Janeiro to help launch the world missions training center of the Brazilian Baptist Convention where he served as one of the coordinators for another 10 years. He and his wife helped to train more than 350 Brazilian Baptist Convention world missionaries. Mark has been married to Helen for 54 years and they have three children and four grandchildren. ADDITIONAL RESOURCE: • Dave Ramsey • Ron Blue “Mastering Your Money” • Ron Blue “Raising Money Smart Kids” • Randy Alcorn “Money, Possessions, and Eternity”
February 07, 2022
A Year in Review
Steve Price & Kara Githens discuss the first year of podcasts and highlight some of the episodes that have stood out. We encourage you to go back to any episodes you may have missed. Our podcasts are here to equip you!
December 13, 2021
Training Global Missionaries
Dr. Mark Hedinger, the Director of Culture Bound, shares some tools and skills that help missionaries worldwide to be effective in bridging the cross-cultural gap in order to share the good news of Jesus. ABOUT MARK HEDINGER: Mark Hedinger has served in cross cultural ministry and ministry training for over 30 years, with mission experience in Mexico, in the home office of a US sending agency, through international training networks, and in leading CultureBound, a training organization headquartered in Portland OR. Mark and the CultureBound team offer training to mission agencies, schools, churches and businesses around the world. He holds a Doctorate in Intercultural Studies and serves as Adjunct faculty with Western Seminary. Mark is married to Karen Hedinger and they are blessed with four married children and 11 grandchildren. You can learn more about the CultureBound ministry at culturebound.org
November 29, 2021
The Value of Missionary Care
Dan Sered, COO of Jews for Jesus, and his lovely wife Dinah share about the value and necessity of good care from their own experience in ministry. They also share practical ways in which their organization is striving to grow in effective care for their workers. ABOUT DAN & DINAH SERED: Dan Sered was born in Israel to a secular Jewish family and later relocated to the United States while he was in his teens. Dan attended Stony Brook University in New York where he met Dinah, a Jewish believer in Jesus who showed him how Yeshua (Jesus) fulfilled the prophecies of the Messiah. Dan’s eyes were opened and he committed his life to the Lord. In 1999, Dan & Dinah were married and soon after began serving as missionaries, joining Jews for Jesus and later moving to Israel. In 2006, Dan became the Israel Director of Jews for Jesus, which quickly became the largest branch of the ministry worldwide. In 2019, Dan was appointed as a Chief Operating Officer for the organization and specifically supervises the day-to-day efforts of the branches in Europe, South Africa, Israel, and Australia. Dan received his M.A. in Ministry and Leadership from Western Seminary and his D. Min. in Leadership from Dallas Theological Seminary. He is the President of the Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism and serves as Co-Catalyst for Jewish Evangelism in the Lausanne Movement. Dan is also an adjunct professor at Israel College of the Bible in Netanya and helped to pastor All Nations Church in Petah Tikvah, Israel for 17 years. He & Dinah have 3 children; Yael, Eithan, and Yoav.
November 08, 2021
Best Practices for Short-Term Missions
Brian Heerwagen, executive director of Standards of Excellence gives us much to consider on how we can maximize the impact of Short Term Missions. ABOUT BRIAN HEERWAGEN: Brian’s first short-term mission (STM) was in 1980. He has been the CEO of Standards of Excellence - SOE (formerly Delta Ministries) since 1985 and has been on countless short-term ministries and partnered with nationals and long-term missionaries in 29 countries. He has a degree in Business and Organizational Leadership. He is the lead author on the collaborative work for “The Next Mile” with more than 30,000 books sold and was part of the national leadership movement that wrote and established the Standards of Excellence in short-term missions. He has been the Missions Pastor at Montavilla Church in Portland, Oregon since 1997. Brian and Lorraine were married in 1986 and they have three grown and married children and five grandkids.
October 25, 2021
Dr. Karen Fancher, a professor at Multnomah University, with graduate degrees in counseling and missions brings a unique perspective on how we engage cross-culturally. Join us for a discussion on how our heart attitude affects our impact. ABOUT KAREN FANCHER: From a young age, Dr. Karen Fancher was fascinated by other cultures and contexts. She has served as a bilingual teacher, professional counselor, Dean of Students, and Professor. She also had the privilege to engage with churches in South Sudan, seeking to partner with them in providing community-based support for those impacted by the trauma of war. Dr. Karen Fancher is currently an Assistant Professor in the Global Studies and Master of Arts in Global Development and Justice programs at Multnomah University. She integrates the disciplines of biblical studies, professional counseling, and intercultural studies, as she seeks to help students use their gifts and passions to invest in God’s redemptive purposes in this world. She is currently researching community-based approaches to promote support and healing for those impacted by the trauma of war. She desires to support church and community leaders to be catalysts of hope and healing at the grassroots level. BOOK RESOURCE: • Be the Bridge by LaTasha Morrison
October 11, 2021
Millennials & Missions
Dr. Jolene Erlacher is an author and trainer in mobilizing millennials in missions and ministry. You don’t want to miss out on her wisdom and insights on how to engage and empower the next generation for the Kingdom. ABOUT JOLENE ERLACHER: Jolene worked for eight years at North Central University, specializing in leadership training, student development and personnel management. During that time, she identified the need for building awareness of generational differences as young leaders entered the workplace, especially in ministry contexts. This began an extended journey of researching the experiences and needs of Millennials in ministry positions. Her book, Millennials in Ministry (Judson Press) documents her findings. Jolene's new book, Daniel Generation: Godly Leadership in an Ungodly Culture, was released in August 2018. Jolene specializes in providing training and consulting on team effectiveness and inter-generational leadership. She works with community organizations, government agencies, churches, missions agencies, and small businesses. Jolene teaches continuing education courses for Eduspire. She is also an adjunct faculty member and teaches graduate courses on Organizational Leadership at North Central University, and serves on the Boards of Directors for GoCorps and The Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission. Jolene's education background includes degrees in Education and English, and a graduate certificate in International Leadership. Her doctorate is in Leadership from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. She has also completed training on the StrengthsFinder assessment through Gallup Consulting and is a certified IPSAT (Identity Profile Self Awareness Tool) leadership coach. Jolene is also a Certified Church Consultant through CC.U (ChurchConsultation.University). Jolene is fluent in Spanish and has volunteered and studied in various countries including Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Kenya, and South Africa. She is actively involved in her local church and community. Jolene lives in central NC with her husband, twin daughters and their dog Rex. She enjoys reading, writing and drinking coffee.
September 28, 2021
Global Missions Training
Dr. Steve Hardy, a global missions trainer and consultant, talks with us about the challenges, needs, and realities of training missionaries around the world. You may be surprised to hear some of his stories from missions movements around the world. ABOUT DR. STEVE HARDY: Steve has served as SIM International's Advocate for Theological Education as well as a senior advisor to the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education (ICETE). He worked as a missionary educator primarily in Brazil, Mozambique and South Africa, although has traveled extensively as an educational consultant. He developed an Institute for Excellence in Theological Education for Overseas Council and directed the international scholar program for Langham Partnership (John Stott Ministries). His writings have focused on issues of quality in training and educational administration. He has been married for 48 years to LeAnne and has two grown daughters (Katie and Erika) and three grandkids.
September 13, 2021
Meet a Sanctuary Inn Guest
We’re excited about Season 3 beginning on September 13. Listen to hear what is in store for our next season. Also, in this brief bonus episode Tiana shares with us a little of her story and how Sanctuary Inn has been a part of her journey.
September 01, 2021
Self-Care in Missions
Amy Young of Global Trellis shares from her life as a cross-cultural worker and her experience on how missionaries can take steps to pursue care for themselves to be healthy and thriving despite the challenges of the missionary life. ABOUT AMY YOUNG: Amy Young, MA, LPC served in China for nearly 20 years, holding various leadership roles, including Member Care Director for 10 years. She co-founded Velvet Ashes, an online community for women working cross-culturally. She founded Global Trellis which develops the spiritual life of cross-cultural workers. You can find out more about it at globaltrellis.com. Amy is also the author of five books for cross-cultural workers. She lives in Colorado and is delighted not to have to get up in the middle of the night to cheer for the Denver Broncos and Kansas Jayhawks. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: • GlobalTrellis • Velvet Ashes • Thrive Retreats • Azmera • A Life Overseas
July 27, 2021
What is Cross Cultural Stress?
The Innkeepers hosts, Steve Price & Kara Githens, discuss the reality of cross-cultural stress in the lives of missionaries and some tools to identify it and cope in healthy ways. ADDITIONAL RESOURCE: • Stress Can Be Managed • Transition Curve by Marion Dicke from Mobile Member Care Team
July 13, 2021
Sending Church Care
Brian Heerwagen, the Missions Pastor of Montavilla Baptist Church for over two decades, shares his passion and practical tools for growing your church’s heart and connection to Global Missions and the missionaries your church supports. ABOUT BRIAN HEERWAGEN: Brian’s first short-term mission (STM) was in 1980. He has been the CEO of Standards of Excellence - SOE (formerly Delta Ministries) since 1985 and has been on countless short-term ministries and partnered with nationals and long-term missionaries in 29 countries. He has a degree in Business and Organizational Leadership. He is the lead author on the collaborative work for “The Next Mile” with more than 30,000 books sold and was part of the national leadership movement that wrote and established the Standards of Excellence in short-term missions. He has been the Missions Pastor at Montavilla Church in Portland, Oregon since 1997. Brian and Lorraine were married in 1986 and they have three grown and married children and five grandkids. ADDITIONAL RESOURCE: • Unoffendable: How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better by Brant Hansen • SOE Equips the Short-Term Mission World By empowering churches, organizations and schools to implement the 7 Standards of Excellence
June 21, 2021
Perry Bradford, Director of Barnabas International, shares about his life and the work of Barnabas providing pastoral care for missionaries all across the globe. ABOUT PERRY BRADFORD: Perry and Sandi Bradford began their missionary journey in 1980 with Wycliffe Bible Translators. In 1994, they returned to the United States after 10 years of service in Papua New Guinea to join Barnabas International. Perry currently serves as the Executive Director of Barnabas. For 17 years Sandi served as the Director of Women’s Ministries for Calvary Community Church in Williams Bay, WI. Together, Perry and Sandi have a heart to shepherd missionaries and national church leaders around the globe. They are the proud parents of 3 adult children and 7 grandchildren! ADDITIONAL RESOURCE: • Barnabas International - barnabas.org Providing pastoral care, missionary and MK care, and encouragement. Their focus is traveling to the missionary on the field. They also provide excellent conferences and retreats. Pastors to Missionaries; Equipping Women International, Debriefing Retreats etc. • MuKappa International - mukappa.org Is a collegiate organization for students who have grown up in a cross-cultural setting (campus based and online for MK’s to meet other MK’s and share their experiences.)
June 07, 2021
The Significance of Forgiveness
Calvin & Julie Tadema of “Master’s Mind Ministry” share with us the power and significance of forgiveness in our lives. They share concrete steps we can take with God’s help to be set free. ABOUT CALVIN & JULIE TADEMA: Calvin & Julie Tadema are a full-time ministry team offering healing prayer for the spiritual, emotional and physical needs through Master’s Mind Ministry. Individual healing prayer sessions encourage insight and growth, particularly for overcoming trauma and abuse. In addition, they teach the principles of mind renewal and listening prayer in classes, workshops and retreats. The Tademas have been married for 43 years, love teaching together, and sharing their enthusiasm for the transforming work of the Lord in people’s lives. Additional resources: mastersmindministry.org
May 17, 2021
Marriage and Cross-Cultural Stress
John Leverington, a counselor with decades of experience working with Global Workers, helps us to understand the joys and challenges of marriage and life outside your home culture. ABOUT JOHN LEVERINGTON: John Leverington has over 25 years of experience working as a therapist, consultant, trainer and supervisor. John was the founding director of Olive Tree Counseling Center in Antalya, Turkey and served as an SIL counselor in Papua New Guinea and Dallas, Texas. He has worked with numerous organizations responding to individual and group crisis situations in Eurasia, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. He has been married to Becky for 48 years and enjoys running, snow shoeing, hiking and photography. RESOURCES: Marriage Resources mentioned in this Podcast with John Leverington: The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman Getting the Love You Want by Harville Hendrix & Helen LaKelly Hunt Created for Connection: The “Hold Me Tight” Guide for Christian Couples by Sue Johnson & Kenneth Sanderfer Cross-Cultural Marriage: Love Across Latitudes: A Workbook on Cross-Cultural Marriage by Janet Fraser Smith In Love But Worlds Apart: Insights, questions, and tips for the intercultural couple by Grete Shelling Marriage Betrayal: Aftershock: Overcoming His Secret Life with Pornography: A Plan for Recovery by Joann Condie Gottman Institute: Card Decks App for your phone or device to help guide you through meaningful conversations with your spouse. Counseling Centers around the world for global workers: Olive Tree Counseling Center - Antalya, Turkey Cornerstone Counseling Foundation - Chiang Mai, Thailand Tumaini Counseling Center - Nairobi, Kenya Places to get away as a couple: Life Impact Oasis - Retreat homes around the world.
May 03, 2021
Thriving in the First Missionary Term
Connie Befus shares from her lifelong cross-cultural experience, her research, and training as a Psychologist how missionaries can survive and thrive beyond the first-term of service. ABOUT CONNIE BEFUS, PH.D.: Connie Befus is a psychologist with 35 years of experience in providing for the mental and spiritual health needs of international cross-cultural workers. She grew up in Africa, the daughter of career international workers and served with her husband in Latin America for 17 years. She has also worked in private practice, as a psychological consultant for six sending organizations, and as a Director of Member Care for sending organizations for 17 years. She has two adult Third Culture Kids. Her doctoral research explored effective helps for people in the midst of cross cultural adjustment. She is the author of Sojourner’s Workbook: A Guide to Thriving Cross-Culturally.
April 19, 2021
TCK Training - Preventative Care for our Missionary Kids
Lauren Wells specializes in practical, preventative care for Third Culture Kids and their families. Lauren herself is a Missionary Kid who spent much of her developmental years in Tanzania, East Africa. In this podcast we hear some of her story and how God is using her experience and wisdom to help Third Culture Kids thrive. ABOUT LAUREN WELLS: Lauren Wells is the Founder and Director of TCK Training and author of Raising Up a Generation of Healthy Third Culture Kids: A Practical Guide to Preventive Care and The Grief Tower. She specializes in practical, preventive care for Third Culture Kids and their families. She has worked with over 1,000 parents and TCK caregivers and has trained staff from over 60 organizations. Lauren spent her developmental years in Tanzania, East Africa and now lives in South Carolina with her husband and two children.
April 05, 2021
Continuum of Care
Hosts Steve Price and Kara Githens discuss the different levels of missionary care that are needed in missions today. They share many resources for Missionary Care around the world. Please visit sanctuaryinn.org/podcasts/continuum-of-care/ for the list of related resources.
March 08, 2021
Caring for Your Missionary Through Prayer
Doug Hazen gives practical tools and amazing insight into how we can effectively pray for missionaries around the world. ABOUT DOUG HAZEN: Doug Hazen is a devoted husband, and a proud parent of four adult children, and in addition to their four, later in life he and his wife Ruth adopted two more wonderful kids. Doug and Ruth are also doting and grandparents to 17 grandchildren. Doug was born to missionary parents and then as an adult he and his wife and four young children served in Congo with WorldVenture. Doug served for 30 years with WorldVenture and the last role that he held was as the National Director of Mobilization Prayer for WorldVenture. He is now retired from WorldVenture and is faithfully serving in a pastoral capacity in a small church in Southern Oregon.
February 22, 2021
A Missionary Care Pioneer
Dr. Barney Davis shares a bit of his journey and lifework as a Psychiatrist and Missionary Care Provider for the last 30 years. He shares his insight on missions, mental illness, and how we can strive for health. ABOUT DR. BARNEY DAVIS: Dr. Barney Davis is a psychiatrist, who along with his wife, Karen, a registered nurse (deceased), served as founders of the Godspeed Resources team. Their passion for providing medical and counseling consultations on the field for intercultural workers took them to many locations around the world. A graduate of Texas-based undergraduate, medical, and postgraduate institutions, he practiced general psychiatry in Texas and Maryland before taking on the directorship of Godspeed from 1998 through 2009. Currently, Barney serves as a Clinical Associate at Godspeed Resources. Click this link to learn more about Godspeed Resources [https://www.godspeedresources.org/]
February 08, 2021
A Conversation with a Counselor to Missionaries
Lynn Paulsen from CarePort Counseling shares some of her story and her passion for caring for missionaries through CarePort Counseling, an online counseling service. About Lynn Paulsen Lynn is the founder and service provider for Care Port. She has spent over 20 years working overseas in a variety of contexts – living in large cities as well as a small village, and being a traveling counselor. Though much of her work was in Asia, she has also traveled to Europe, Africa and the South Pacific. Having worked in a large organization for many years, she is now following a dream to broaden her services to those who have little access to counseling. “I’ve lived in a village where tours of ‘white skins’ came through to see the ‘primitive’ people. And I’ve watched tanks roll down the street during a coup. My own journey included a time of crawling out of the pit of depression. I’ve learned so much by living in another culture and by walking with others on their personal journeys of growth. They’ve both contributed to who I am today.” - Lynn Personal Background – Lynn went to the University of California at San Diego as an engineering major. But after several variations on the engineering theme, ended up with a Psychology degree. After spending many years overseas as a linguist, she finally returned to her first career love – Psychology. Wheaton College provided both excellent academic training as well as exceptional mentoring in the field. She’s been a licensed counselor since 2002.
January 25, 2021
The Five Things Your Missionary Won’t Tell You
The Innkeepers hosts Steve Price and Kara Githens share some of what they’ve learned about missionaries and their unspoken needs and realities. Click this link to view the article: Five Things your Missionary Won’t Tell You
January 11, 2021
Clinging to the Sovereignty of God
Meet Dennis and Kasia Beck and hear their incredible story. They are missionaries with a story full of loss, grief, and a beautiful picture of God’s faithfulness and goodness. Click this link to view the PDF of the story mentioned in this podcast. About Dennis and Kasia Beck Dennis and Kasia Beck have served in Eastern Europe, with Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru in the US), for more than 40 years. They are currently overseeing the FamilyLife Ministry in Eastern Europe and Russia. Currently they live in Ohio and and split their time between developing FamilyLife ministry in Eastern Europe and reaching and discipling University professors in Ohio.
December 14, 2020
A Third Culture Kid (TCK) Story
Learn along with us from Tim Boettcher on what it has meant to grow up overseas as a missionary kid/third culture kid and then have the opportunity to raise his own kids cross-culturally. He has much wisdom and insight on the challenges and beauty of living life among worlds.
November 30, 2020
Do Missionaries Experience Trauma?
In this podcast we are privileged to speak with Dr. Steve Tracy, author of “Mending the Soul” and learn from him about the realities of trauma and missions. Do you ever wonder if you or a missionary you care about has experienced trauma and you're not quite sure what to do? We hope this podcast will help answer your questions and give you direction and hope.
November 16, 2020
The Innkeepers: Introducing Ourselves
In this brief introductory episode you will get a chance to meet "The Innkeepers" hosts Steve Price and Kara Githens. They share a bit of their life stories and how God brought each of them to serve and work at Sanctuary Inn and gave them a passion for Missionary Care.
September 28, 2020