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Posted May 19th, 2008 by E. Goodman

Several people have asked about what’s next for me. The truth is, I don’t know. I still don’t know what I’m going to do for a living after we arrive in the U.S. Sure it sounds irresponsible and immature to up and leave a perfectly good job and regular paycheck for, well, nothing, but I […]

Tags: book, future plans, UpStream

Filed under:Reflections, Training, Uncategorized Posted May 15th, 2008 by E. Goodman

I’m not the sensitive emotional type. I never cry at weddings. I hate romantic comedies. I think that pictures of babies in flower pots should be considered cruelty. I don’t save souvenirs, birthday cards, or mementos. As I pack up to leave the field, I’m experiencing this strange sensation- emotion. Everything I do is taking […]

Tags: leaving, saying goodbye

Filed under:Personal, Reflections, Uncategorized Posted May 6th, 2008 by E. Goodman

I’d like to thank everyone who’s sent emails and comments in support of our move. I’m not sure what it means when people seem to be glad you’re leaving, but I’m going to take it as an encouragement. One thing that many people are asking is whether I’m going to really let someone have it […]

Tags: IMB, My conscience is clear

Filed under:Uncategorized Posted May 4th, 2008 by E. Goodman

If you read my last post, you know that after six years, I am moving back to the United States. I’m filled with mixed emotions as I try to sort through what this means for my life and retirement plan. I’ve moved into that pensive, reflective mode; everything I do here may be “the last […]

Tags: , Practice makes better, reflecting, transition

Filed under:Christianity, Personal, Reflections, Uncategorized Posted April 23rd, 2008 by E. Goodman

It is comforting and empowering to know for sure that you’re doing what you need to be doing. The big decisions are a lot simpler when you’re sure of the parameters. You rest easier in the face of troubles because there are some things you just won’t question no matter what. So there’s something disquieting […]

Tags: Moving on, resigning, returning to the states

Filed under:Personal, Reflections, Uncategorized Posted April 21st, 2008 by E. Goodman

Nearly anyone can live abroad. But incarnation is about more than just location. Successfully entering a culture that is different from yours requires that you learn the rules. If you’re trying to influence across cultures, the rules are crucial. Society is made up of rules. There are rules for how a person should act in […]

Tags: access, breaking the rules, cultural rules, entering culture, Rules

Posted April 17th, 2008 by E. Goodman

I’ve spent the last couple of days reading through my blog. I’m amazed at how much I’ve written about pretty much the same thing. There were times when thoughts and questions flowed and I posted frequently. There were other times where everything dried up and I hardly wrote anything at all. There were seasons where […]

Tags: , change, Evolution, learning, worldview

Filed under:Misunderstood, Personal, Reflections, Uncategorized Posted March 26th, 2008 by E. Goodman

You may not be aware of this, but even the “working class” in the United States is richer than most of the people in the world. This economic discrepancy is known in even the most isolated of places, and certainly everywhere missionaries go. The image on the upper right is a cartogram (a map deliberately […]

Filed under:Finances, Politics, Social Action, Trends, Uncategorized Posted March 24th, 2008 by E. Goodman

Fear is a powerful thing. It can cause us to do some very irrational things. Of all the threats that we face on a daily basis, we put more time, money, and effort into protecting ourselves from things that we find very scary, whether they are likely to happen to us or not. In Chapter […]

Tags: attrition, Fear, threat, Training

Filed under:Ministry, People, SBC, Team, Training, Uncategorized Posted January 26th, 2008 by E. Goodman

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