Thursday, 23 July 2009

Dear Naomi...

Over at Equip Book Club this month Naomi Reed and I have been discussing some of the joys and difficulties that come with working in a cross-cultural context, particularly as the issues arise from her book, My Seventh Monsoon.

You might like to read them.

We'd love you to ask questions or to make your own comments and observations!


Meredith said...

Hi Rachael,

Thank you for all the work you and Naomi put into these posts. I have really enjoyed reading them through the Equip site.

From almost the first month after I became a Christian God placed in my heart a passion to encourage those in full time ministry, and especially those working in cross cultural situations. Mine has been a ministry of letter writing, emailing, prayer and encouraging others to do the same.

But even after doing this for over two decades and having asked lots of questions, written and read much correspondence and had many cups of tea with folk on home leave, there are still things to learn. I was especially interested (concerned even) to read about the tension of doing or saying stuff to please or impress supporters at home. That this might even be a tension never even occurred to me. So for that and for other gems, I am most grateful for your time, effort and honesty.

Thank you so much. May God bless you richly in your endeavours. And (having read on in your blog) I hope the school materials arrived safely! If you are still in contact with Naomi please pass on my heartfelt thanks to her too.

~ Meredith

Rachael said...

Thanks Meredith. You do a truly great work in supporting those in full time ministry. We couldn't do it without people like you. I think especially women need letters and emails... people keeping in touch. There are some very lonely times when you are living in a different culture.