Posted by Tim on 20th May 2013
- the cumulative effects of living in a foreign culture
- long-term workplace stress
- toxic relationships with colleagues
- sense of isolation and lack of support
- the physical demands of living in a different climate
- spiritual stagnation resulting from years of giving out while not receiving.
These issues, like the proverbial frog in a pan of boiling water, can sneak up on us unawares and drain our vitality, our joy and our ability to serve God. We soldier on, not realising there’s a problem until one day we wake up and realise we just can’t go on any more. The result can be physical illness, long-term fatigue or burnout.
Sadly, Syzygy meets with too many people in this situation. If these issues remain untreated, they can even lead to psychological damage and loss of faith. The resulting attrition is toxic to individual servants of God and prejudicial to effective mission. We aim to prevent this happening.
Syzygy exists to help mission workers maintain themselves in peak condition to serve, and as part of this we have developed a one-day workshop designed to be delivered in-field to mission workers as a routine checkup. Staying Healthy for the Long Haul will look at core issues like our identity in Christ, and help us to understand what makes us tick. We will examine our motivations – which may in fact not be the ones we think they are! Equipped with a better understanding of ourselves, we will then consider the steps we can take to help us cope with stress more effectively, learn how to take care of ourselves better and make suitable changes to our lifestyle so that we become more resilient and able to continue serving effectively.
The first of these workshops will be delivered in central Mozambique on 8th June 2013 and is available free of charge to anyone working in overseas missions, whether they are serving as an independent mission worker or with an agency. If you would like to attend, and are able to get to Centro Tariro, which is 13km east of Gondola on the Beira Corridor, you are welcome to participate. It will run from 10:00 till 16:00 and a light lunch will be provided. We only ask that you register so that we know how many people to prepare for. To register, just click here and complete a simple form.
We hope to make this workshop available in other countries in the coming years. If you would like to host one, please get in touch with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The workshop is also suitable for delivery in the UK as part of home assignment retreats or briefings for new mission workers.