Sorry I’ve been a bit M.I.A. this summer. If you follow me on Instagram (@hayleyacatt), you know by the sheer amount of photos I’ve posted the past two months that I’ve been spending time with family and friends before I head back to Africa. [Sidenote: I leave to go back ONE WEEK from today!]
I hope to update you all on my crazy life soon enough, but in the meantime, I’ve come across some really great articles that are so poignant and thought-proviking that I wish I had written them myself. I’d love for you to check them out when you get some free time.
* Deciphering Missions by Jamie the Very Worst Missionary (Part 1 of 2)
“If you support a mission or missionaries, you have a right and a responsibility to know if they’re actually engaging with the community in ways that make sense and reflect a heart for God’s mission.”
* The Sexiest Missionary Wins by Jamie the Very Worst Missionary (Part 2 of 2)
“A good missionary needs more than your money. They need your sincere interest in what they are doing and how they are doing it. They need you to cheer them on through the rare exciting moments in missions, and also, the dragging, boring, everyday, “why the hell am I here?!” times. They need your f-r-i-e-n-d-ship.
* How to Make Missions Trips More Effective by Michael Simmelink
“Carrying out God’s mission is not about bringing our plans to the corners of the world; it requires defining the assets of a person and partnering with them so their gifts may be tapped for God’s glory.”
* Why You Should Consider Canceling Your Short-Term Mission Trips by Darren Carlson
“We want to get things done quickly. We prefer microwave ministry to the slow cooker. Ministry that can be done quickly is not messy and does not cost much.”
* Why I Don’t Drink by Kelly King
“It does make me sad when I scroll through my Facebook and Twitter feeds and see that so many young Christians are constantly posting pictures of their alcoholic drinks they’ve consumed. What are they trying to prove? If they really believe drinking isn’t an issue, then why the show and tell?”
“I’m not an expert on parenting. I never claimed to be. But you don’t need to be an expert to know that one of the fundamental tasks of a parent is to teach your child how to navigate the physical, moral, spiritual and intellectual dangers of life. If you have no interest in doing this, then I would suggest that you never really wanted a child — you wanted a friend. Now you have one. Living at home with you. Forever. Congratulations.”