Humble yourselves, under God’s might hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith. The God of all grace, who called you, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast (I Peter 5:8-10).

Our desire is that Twana, Mindy and Karen’s experience be one of connection, comfort and encouragement while at the retreat. The mission community can begin to to feel small, the culture may be subtly “anti-American, and anti-American missionary.” Most teams are comprised of various nationalities, backgrounds, giftedness, with a variety of ministry focuses. This can give rise to comparison, competition, and perceived differing values. How fast one learns the language, sees conversions, how one’s kids adapt to national schools/churches, the furnishing of one’s home (or size of it). Having limited funds. Singles and married couples, with and without kids. Adventurous or needing to be “hand held” during an orientation period. Little visible fruit for the sacrifice and effort of living overseas. First termers, mid termers and soon to be retirees often are on the same team. All equate to ample opportunity for Satan to cause disunity, discontent, and hurt. We pray for confession of wrongs, healing of hurts and rebuilding of trust to unify teams and clearly reflect Jesus. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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