Why I Can’t Care About Every Crisis {A Life Overseas}

Elizabeth is over at A Life Overseas today. . . .

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“What are people there saying about Syria?”

This question was posed to me during a Skype conversation with a friend back in the States. My answer? “I’m not talking to anyone about Syria. I’ve got things to deal with in my own personal ministry, and I’ve got things to deal with in my team ministry. I’ve got the daily work of homeschooling – a career unto itself – and your basic ‘how do I get food on the table?’ questions. I’m also living in a culture that has its own political and safety issues. So finding out what other people in my life think about Syria is pretty much not going to happen.”

I ended my rather lengthy explanation by saying, “I just can’t care about everything.”

While my statement might sound a bit cruel, I think it also sums up the struggle of overseas missionaries and expatriate Christians in general. How can we stay connected to our world back home while also embedding ourselves in our lives here? How can we tend to relationships in our host culture and relationships in our sending culture? How can we care about global politics and local politics and politics in our passport country? (And just to be clear here, that actually makes three worlds we’re expected to live in, not two.)

Here’s how I deal with these challenges, but I also hope to hear how you balance the many relational and cultural needs you face.

Finish reading here.

2 thoughts on “Why I Can’t Care About Every Crisis {A Life Overseas}

  1. I THINK YOU EXPLAINED IT VERY WELL. I DON’T LIVE IN A DIFFERENT COUNTRY OR ANY OF THOSE THINGS THAT YOU DEAL WITH, BUT I’M ONLY ONE PERSON. I CAN LEAVE IT IN THE LORD’S HANDS OF THINGS I CAN’T DO ANYTHING ABOUT. GOD HAS A SPECIAL WORK FOR EACH OF US TO DO, AND WE NEED TO DO IT WELL, BUT WE CAN’T BE EVERYTHING TO EVERYBODY.. JUST DRAW ON THE STRENGTH HE GIVES YOU TODAY.

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