An Experience of Reverse Culture Shock

An Experience of Reverse Culture Shock

Reverse Culture Shock (RCS) is often experienced by people who spend large amounts of time outside of their home culture (the culture of their passport country) but now find themselves back in their home culture. RCS is an experience that calls into question values, attitudes or actions held firmly in the home culture, but contrary to values, attitudes or actions held in the host culture (the […]

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Lines

Lines

Lines. Being a fan of amusement parks, I’ve been in some long lines. Once, I waited three hours for a 45 second ride. The 3,200 inmates/refugees we served last night waited longer than that just for dinner, and it was my job to keep the peace by making sure no one cut in line. My wife, Carrie, chuckled when she found out what this meant […]

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Servants of Moria

Servants of Moria

The room is dark. The only light is filtering in through shuttered windows, shielding against the harsh afternoon sun. By some standards, you would consider it a large room at about 450 sq feet (42 sq meters). However, about 10 families – 45 people – live here. Men, women (a few pregnant), teens, children, and infants are all crammed into a very small living space. This is only […]

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Refugee For A Day

Refugee For A Day

It is a bit eerie looking out and seeing Turkey so close. I’ve heard second-hand stories about what is happening over there and they’re simply heart-breaking. What can be so bad that a mother would take her 5-day-old infant on such a risky journey? I just returned from a 24 hour shift at Skala Base Camp on the island of Lesvos, Greece, just about 4 […]

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My First Hour in Moria

My First Hour in Moria

I was assigned to Family Services: Level 1, in the center of Moria Prison on the Greek Island of Lesvos, about two miles from Turkey. At least it was a bright and sunny day. We arrived about an hour before breakfast, and there wasn’t a lot to do until then. I was encouraged to mingle if I was bold enough. Instead, I decided to prayer […]

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Frontline Missions – Methodology vs. Geography

Frontline Missions – Methodology vs. Geography

I’m often asked how eDOT fits into the greater structure of Greater Europe Mission. Are we an IT department supporting our headquarters? Are we some sort of rogue group operating independently? The confusion stems from the fact that traditional missionaries are often called to a specific people group in a specific area. Together, missionaries in that area are then defined in the organizational term of […]

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12 Tips for the New Missionary

12 Tips for the New Missionary

The mission field is full of experiences — new sights, sounds, tastes and stories. But as anyone in ministry knows, it’s not all mountain top experiences. There is excitement, nervousness, disappointment, and every feeling in-between. So how do you prepare for this? How do you prepare to serve Jesus in a culture you know so little about? Here are some practical tips to ready yourself for […]

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Language School

Language School

I have 7 days, or 28 hours, of language school left. But who’s counting? I’m even tempted to make a paper chain. I’m really glad I’ve pressed through and completed all six months. I’m also glad… Ich kann jetzt ein bisschen Deutsch sprechen. (Translation: Now I can speak a little German.) In fact, I was able speak enough German to teach someone a board game […]

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The Growing Trend of the Gaming Table

The Growing Trend of the Gaming Table

We just finished ICCM-Eu 2016, an annual gathering of tech-professionals that are using their skills, training, passions, and experiences to further the cause of Christ in Europe. So what do such people do for fun? You might imagine that we have cables running in every direction for some massive LAN party (extra points to you for knowing about LAN parties). However, the pendulum has swung […]

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You Have a Place

You Have a Place

All good things must come to an end. That includes great things like this year’s ICCM-Europe! Thad Hoskins – AKA “Keynote” – closed the week with several good reminders: We should remember who we are. We’re not tech-professionals first, but instead children of the Living God. We have been called to the work we’re doing. Tech in missions is good, honorable, and worthy of being […]

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