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On Being a Missionary (Abridged)

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Preface from Thomas Hale 

Preface to the Abridged Version 

1 Introduction 

2 The Call of Missions 

3 How to Prepare

4 Funding Your Calling

5 Entry into a New World 

6 Connecting across Cultures

7 Contextualization

8 Dealing with Stress of All Kinds

9 Learning the Language and Bonding with People 

10 Relating to Nationals 

11 Lifestyle Choices

12 The Lord’s Discipline 

13 Sin, Interpersonal Conflict, and Resolution 

14 Teaming 

15 Meeting Physical and Spiritual Needs 

16 The Major Mission Ministries 

17 Prayer and the Holy Spirit 

18 Single or Married? 

19 Missionary Children

20 Home Assignment and Leaving



On Being a Missionary (Abridged)
An Introduction to Cross-Cultural Life and Ministry
 Thomas Hale & Gene Daniels 

Adjusting to a New World

Missionaries must adjust to new cultures, learn languages, work as a team, maintain healthy relationships, and discern best ministry practices. Nothing can fully prepare a person for life as a missionary. However, for almost thirty years, Thomas Hale’s On Being a Missionary has helped to equip cross-cultural workers to not only survive but thrive in their calling.

This abridged version of On Being a Missionary remains practical and accessible. It addresses the new realities of the changing missionary force. It also looks at the challenges of bonding with a new culture in an increasingly globalized and technologically connected world. The book is written for everyone with an interest in missions, whether the missionary on the field or the supporter at home. It is written by learners for learners.

Drawing from years of experience, the authors provide down-to-earth advice and perspective concerning the problems, struggles, and failures that missionaries often face. At the same time, this book exposes various myths related to missionary life. Find out why a generation of mission workers has benefited from On Being a Missionary.

Additional Details

  • Pages: 210
  • Publisher: William Carey Publishing
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publish Year: 2023
  • ISBN: 9781645085003
  • Vendor: William Carey Publishing