Missions Misunderstood » Reflections

Posted July 18th, 2008 by E. Goodman

So here I am- a continent, three cultures, and two months since my last post. A lot has changed. For starters, I’m still working with the IMB. Our regional leadership has been a tremendous support as we’ve begun the “About Europe” meetings and worked to launch the Upstream Collective. My new job is to connect […]

Filed under:Incarnation, Personal, Planting, Reflections 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 12th, 2008 by E. Goodman

In the comments section of my last post Now Tell Us How You Really Feel, a reader asked about some of the details of my transition from the field back to the United States. In the past, I haven’t written as much about these sorts of details; partly to protect my anonymity, and partly out […]

Tags: continuing the work, leaving, moving, Team

Filed under:Ministry, Reflections, Relationships, Team 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 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 November 24th, 2007 by E. Goodman

We’re always looking for opportunities to interact with people here. I think one of the neatest things is how God continues to bring us to people who are willing to interact with us on a deeper level despite the fact that we are foreigners. One weekend not long ago, we were invited by a friend […]

Filed under:Ministry, Reflections, friends Posted June 2nd, 2007 by E. Goodman

The longer I’m on the field, the more out-of-touch I become with my home culture. I suppose this is natural, but it can make communication with people back home difficult, to say the least. Take my blog, for example. The misunderstanding seems to get worse the harder I try to clarify my thoughts and opinions. […]

Filed under:Reflections, Uncategorized Posted November 21st, 2006 by E. Goodman

I may not know you, but I can pretty safely say that you do not speak ancient Greek. Maybe you’ve studied it, I’m sure you can define a noun, parse a verb, or analyze the grammar. You might even be clever enough to make a witty joke in the biblical language. But you don’t speak […]

Filed under:Bible, Reflections