The Rock and the Hard Place Blog

Dr. Lindquist continues the dialogue with Theresa in how to best care for children on the mission field. 

Dr. Lindquist introduces an approach to ensuring the optimal experience for children in the missions field, in anticipation of an upcoming fall seminar on the topic!

Theresa's response to Dr. Lindquist, including details on how missions organizations and families can work together to ensure the safest environment for children traveling into the mission field. 

In a guest post by Scott Brawner, he lists several signs to look for when gauging whether to stay or to go when things get heated in another country– particularly as it relates to recent events in Nicaragua. 

If an employee has a mental health-related disability, when and how can an employer require medical examinations and how should the employer approach this problem? A recent case gives some insight.

If an employee has a mental health-related disability, when and how can an employer require medical examinations and how should the employer approach this problem? A recent case gives some insight.

Now that we’ve considered the theological implications, let’s turn to some of the questions you raised, Brent.

You raise several questions. The only one I’m going to get to today relates to how to prepare missionaries to go overseas—what kind of vision statement or consent to danger and difficulty would we recommend? Perhaps the most practical approach would be to have a waiver more like the legal documents that we’re familiar with, but have a paragraph in the waiver refer to the missionary’s own vision statement and acceptance of risk as part of that vision statement. Then each missionary could explain what he or she hopes to accomplish, why he or she is called, and why (or whether) such a calling is worth encountering disease, violence, or other disasters.

Hi Theresa. Thanks for this post, and thanks for reminder and link to the article. That was one of the earlier things we discussed, and it is nice to revisit it because it is so useful here.

I really like the idea of the missionary writing the consent in their own language, or at least having the missionary’s position incorporated into the documents.

Hi Brent,

The very nature of missions is that we have to be willing to take up our cross and die for Christ. Most of the great missions biographies show us people living very difficult lives and even being martyred. Our brothers and sister in many countries are being martyred right now.