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Recovering the Dignity and Mission of Work

“What do you do?” This is a common question asked whenever meeting someone new. It's one we all answer differently based on our day- to-day activities. One might answer, “I’m a student," “I work in such- and-such industry,” or “I’m the mother of four children.” (She might rightly respond that she does four full-time j...

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SCATTER STORIES: Living a Life of Radical Generosity

Paige's Story – Financial Planner “It’s just an industry of incredible opportunity,” Paige shares. “The minute you start talking about money with people, everything else comes out with it.” Paige is a Financial Planner, an entrepreneur, and business owner. “Especially when trust and respect are built with clients, it gives an organic plat...

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Living an Adventure Led by God – Part 2

By Sarah Galloway, Nurse Practitioner in the Middle East. There we were, practically boarding our international flight, when we got word that our COVID-19 PCR tests had not been accepted by the authorities in our new country. The PCR tests that we had paid hundreds of dollars to get at just the right time so this wouldn’t happen — yes, those. This was not the way we wa...

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Living an Adventure Led by God – Part 1

By Sarah Galloway, Nurse Practitioner in the Middle East It’s been almost two years now, but it seems like last week: the 2019 Global Missions Health Conference, my fifth in six years. Southeast Christian Church, Louisville, Kentucky. About 200 mission organizations, thousands of people, all talking about health care and Christian ministry — two of my deepest passions. ...

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A Kingdom Principle in a Childhood Fairytale

Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, The Ugly Duckling, illustrates the meaning of an academic term called reflected appraisals. This important term, used by social scientists in identity research, refers to the notion that our self-identity is in part, shaped and misshaped by the appraisal/opinion of those in our social network. As you may remember, the ugly duckling was actually...

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SCATTER STORIES: Welding, Creating, and Kingdom Building

Mike's Story – Welder and Technical College Instructor “I can literally weld with my eyes closed,” says Mike. “I almost feel like it's a prayer when I'm welding because I'm using the gifts that God’s given me.” Mike is an accredited and certified welder and auto mechanic – now shaping the next generation of welders as an ...

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Let Your S.H.A.P.E. Guide Your Role Within God’s Kingdom - Part 2

We reflect God’s glory through what we do and how we do it. In fact, we are the most brilliant reflection of God when we are who He S.H.A.P.E.’d us to be (see Part 1 for more details). Too many people are trying to be something they’re not. Unfortunately, many traditional missions organizations have been complicit in that by trying to press people into certain roles rather...

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Let Your S.H.A.P.E. Guide Your Role Within God’s Kingdom - Part 1

If you’re looking to participate in God’s kingdom story, forget about job openings that someone is trying to fill. Focus instead on the God-given shape that defines your role in life. When you do that, you will find the freedom to live your life (and career) within the grand purpose that God instituted for all of humanity at Creation. But more on that later. Let’s start wi...

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Discovering God's Kingdom Purpose in Recruiting

I am a recruiter. That means I have the privilege of walking with people as they connect to the world of work. One interesting observation I’ve seen time and time again is that no matter who you are – from fresh-faced university graduate to seasoned executive – everyone wants their work to matter. There is a deep, intrinsic human need to be a part of something greater...

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5 Mistakes People Make When Looking for a Job Overseas

Finding the right job may take some time but, by avoiding these common mistakes, you will be well on your way.

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