Tag Archives: Growing Together

“What am I supposed to do now?”

On the morning of December 21, 2017, I got a phone call from my Mom. My younger brother Yonatan had taken his life at 25 years old.

It was a day off for me. I was home alone in our basement watching an episode of—of all things—The Great British Bake Off. As I received the news, the episode continued to run on mute in the background. As I hung up, I slumped on the couch. Numb. Continue reading “What am I supposed to do now?”

Risk and Sensitivity in International Work

An interview with a cross-cultural worker by Erica Fehr.

Thank you very much for joining us today to talk about one aspect of your workthat of risk.

Where would you place your country of service between the range of “slight caution” to “dangerous”?

Closer to “dangerous.” While it’s not an active warzone, and the streets are fine to use, there are pockets of places that are not safe to move through. Continue reading Risk and Sensitivity in International Work

Please Do Not Worry Too Much  

by Brother John

Myanmar has been in the news in a disturbing way since Feb 1, when the military responded to the declining voice of the party representing their views, and the growing voice of democracy among the people. Demonstrations this past weekend started with hundreds, and then thousands, peacefully walking the streets demanding return of elected officials. Continue reading Please Do Not Worry Too Much  

Does a Coup in Myanmar Matter in the EMC?

by Erica Fehr

Just over a week ago, Myanmar’s military took over the government it already largely controlled. It’s a puzzling move, and not welcome to Myanmar citizens, but what does it have to do with us? That’s a fair question—we have plenty to deal with here and little to offer there. Still, if a family member has a bad thing happen to them, we stop what we’re doing for a while to hear them—to find out what happened and how they’re coping. We find some way to express concern if we can, and spend a few moments in prayer on their behalf. Continue reading Does a Coup in Myanmar Matter in the EMC?

Processing Moral Failure from the Anabaptist Perspective

by Darren Plett

Why do strong Christian leaders fall into the trap of moral failure? How do I process this when it happens to someone I looked up to and respected? Is there anything I can do to avoid this trap in my own journey as a leader? Is there anything in our theology that can help us in this journey? And, how do I objectively process all this in a spirit of grace, without being critical and judgmental—because I certainly recognize that I am not without sin. Continue reading Processing Moral Failure from the Anabaptist Perspective

We Can and Should Learn from the Failure of Others

by Erica Fehr, GT Editor

Unless we’re already too jaded to care, news of sexual abuse by yet another respected Christian leader will be unsettling and discouraging. The final report into sexual misconduct by Ravi Zacharias is expected to be released in the next month, but preliminary reports from the law firm hired by Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) have largely confirmed allegations. Continue reading We Can and Should Learn from the Failure of Others