Living in the Promise of Sabbath Rest

By Corinne Gnepf, LPCA

As the masses of tourists in our city are slowly decreasing it signals that the summer is over. For many cross-cultural workers summers offer a break from regular schedules, duties, programs, school, etc. They are looking for rest, renewal, relaxation, and vacation. For others the summer experience is quite the opposite, it is busy, hectic, and intense. They are receiving short-termers and teams, running summer programs, or are the ones who are holding down the fort while the majority of their teammates are participating in the annual exodus. Although it is nice and refreshing to get out of one’s host country and reconnect with loved ones, visiting family, partners, supporters and churches can easily lead to a busy and exhausting summer experience.

Cultivating a Resilient Child

by Lisa Green, LMFT
Resilience is a bit of a buzz word in the mental health community these days, and perhaps also in the worker community, but for good reason. Resilience is seen as the ability to recover from challenges, to bounce back in the face of stress and adversity- so it’s no wonder we’ve identified it as necessary to continue to function well in our high-stress and high-demand environments.

Take Time to be Healed

by Linda Parker, LMFT

It was just a deeper-than-normal step off the sidewalk curb, and I went down in a flash, hearing the “crack” that made my spirits plunge. A trip to the emergency room confirmed the unhappy results of a broken ankle with a cast and crutches my fate for perhaps the next 6 weeks. I was not a happy camper. It was Christmas and I had places to go and people to see!

Sexual Struggles on the Field

by Amber Goodloe, LPC

Many of us know or have heard that “pornography is a problem” and “people today struggle in sexual areas,” but I wonder how often these statements are applied to “them:” the non-believer, the younger generation, men, adults, weak people, those who were abused as children, gross people – and I’m sure the list could go on. The fact is, everyone is susceptible to struggling in the area of sexuality – including men, women, children, and workers!

Don’t Let Anxiety Control Your Life

by John Leverington LMFT, LPC, LMSW
Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time. One type of anxiety is a feeling of apprehension, fear, agitation, or uncertainty in response to a specific known or anticipated threat or danger.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

by John Leverington, LPC, LMFT, LMSW
Yes, chronic fatigue is a real, but the vast majority of people do not recognize it and do not take the steps needed to deal with it before it becomes even more difficult to recover.

If it’s LOVE You Want…

by Linda Parker, LMFT
It was a few days before New Years and my Turkish friends, a group of lively retirees, invited me to speak in their English class. When I asked the question, “What would you like 2018 to bring to your life?” it was no surprise, that here, as in most of the world, the word LOVE came up more than any other.

The Expose of Suffering

by Linda Parker, LMFT
The experience of suffering, either our own or that of someone we love, exposes us. We suddenly see and are sometimes shocked by the attitudes and beliefs that we didn’t know we had until that experience.

Helping Children Heal

by Corrine Gnepf, LPCA, NCC
One of the deepest desires of parents, teachers, caretakers, and anyone who loves children is to protect them from the dangers and hardships of this world. We want children to enjoy just being children, worry free, and to feel safe and taken care of.

Women – Thriving, Not Just Surviving

by Rebecca Leverington LPC, LMFT, LMSW
Living on the field has unique spiritual, emotional, physical, and safety challenges that most of us as women have not experienced previously in our home cultures. Understanding and actively building in key aspects that help us thrive, rather than just survive, these challenges also decrease the likelihood of premature departure, depression, and other effects of stress.