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Dear <<First Name>>,

I think we all agree that for us as missionaries, attention to our spiritual lives is key. Unless we are thriving spiritually, we will not be able to persevere in our ministry or bear fruit that lasts. As you may noticed, the Women's Ministry Team has been offering Soul Care retreats in various parts of the world, and have also been promoting a number of other resources for our women to help them thrive in their spiritual lives. But SEND has not taken the same initiative to provide such resources for our men. Should SEND U focus more attention on “soul care for men?” This is a question that the SEND U Leadership Team has been discussing and to which, we would like more feedback.  

We want to recognize that SEND men have been finding help for their spiritual lives, albeit not always from SEND-sponsored events. Below are two testimonials of resources that others have found helpful. Andy Spradley talks about going to Traction, an annual 6-day spiritual retreat/conference for men serving cross-culturally. A number of SEND men have found Traction to be very helpful to help them thrive spiritually. In addition, we have highlighted several resources on the wiki that are helpful for both men and women in their spiritual formation.

So what do you think? Do SEND men need additional help to thrive spiritually? Should SEND seek to develop additional resources or plan events for this purpose? Men, be looking out in the coming days for an email with a link to the survey.

October in the Swiss Alps. Five days of slow-paced immersion in God’s creation and God’s Word. Sharing and fellowship with other men in ministry. Opportunity to meet with a counselor and share whatever is on your heart. Mornings were spent worshipping the Lord together and hearing encouraging messages from the life of David. Afternoons were free for time alone with God in an awesomely picturesque location. One of the days was spent on a group hike to an amazing waterfall. It was a good day to get better acquainted with brothers in Christ as we savored His handiwork. All in all, this time away from ministry was time well spent, refreshing to my soul. I look forward to going again in a few years … hope to see you there!  -- Andy

Puritan Spiritual Vitality

Reading Puritan Literature has encouraged and equipped me to enjoy ‘glorious fellowship’ with the Triune God with my mind and heart in my service and lifestyle. This blessing has come both in reading on my own and together with small groups. J. I. Packer titled his book on the Puritans A Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life. That captures the heart and soul of Puritan spirituality. The Christian life, for the Puritans, encompassed all aspects of life. Life centers around enjoying that ‘glorious fellowship’ with the Triune God made possible by our union with Christ. Experiencing this fellowship or communion with God is the goal of theology, preaching, and all spiritual disciplines. Puritans believed that all theology should be spirituality and that all spirituality should accord with sound theology. William Ames wrote, “theology is the doctrine of living to God,” William Perkins defined theology as “the science of living blessedly forever” (quoted in Packer, 32). Puritan literature has been a great source for spiritual vitality that keeps head, heart, and action together.   -- Dr. Gary Ridley

We also want to point out that our SEND U wiki points to many valuable recommended resources on spiritual formation, helpful for both men and women. Here are a few examples:

ACT is now accepting applications for the January 2020 TESOL training classes. Check out their newly updated website with testimonials and videos. If you're teaching English do it WELL, so you will be respected by the community and have opportunities to share your faith. Study in either Thailand or Philippines! --Sam & Melody Kuka
Keep learning,

Ken
Ken Guenther
SEND U Director based in Kyiv, Ukraine

&
Beth

Beth Eckstein
SEND U Assistant Director based in Taichung, Taiwan






 

Some SEND U links:

* Wiki: https://senduwiki.org
* Blog: https://sendublog.com/
SEND U site on SharePoint
* Upcoming training events
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