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Learn more about our workshops, our online courses and our books on stress management, relationship skills, conflict management, fundraising, finding joy in life and more. We also have devotionals, journals and Bible studies to help you grow in your relationship with God. You can also see more information below about some of these books.
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Materials for Missionaries
The following are some of our resources to help missionaries handle stress. They are available as books, workshops and online courses.
You Can Transform Donors into Lifelong Partners
Raising support is a major cause of stress for many missionaries. Our #1 best seller is Never Do Fundraising Again: A Paradigm Shift from Donors to Lifelong Partners. Learn how to change the drudgery of fundraising into a joyful ministry. In this workshop, online course or book, discover practical tips on how to relate to your ministry partners so you don’t have to continue to raise support. Learn more. The foreword was by Bob Creson, President of Wycliffe Bible Translators.
Stress Busters for Missionaries
Tools to Balance Your Life and Reclaim Your Peace
Proven stress management skills. In this workshop, online class and book, learn about stress and how it affects your life. You will practical skills, training and exercises that will help de-stress your life and find balance. Learn more about our trainings and book on managing stress.
This book and online training can be used by anyone on their own, working with a counselor or some other leader, or in a group setting.
Foreword by Jerry Bridges, Staff Development with the Navigators and Author of over 15 books, including The Pursuit of Holiness, which has sold over one 1,000,000 copies.
See some of what others are saying about Stress Busters for Missionaries book and training.
We live in a variety of communities, including family, church, ministry, life group, business and more. How we relate to one another will demonstrate whether we are living in ways that glorify God. One of our goals should be to interact with the people in our lives so they will be drawn to God, us and our communities. Learn more about this online course, workshop or book.
See what people are saying about Boost Your Relationship IQ and Never Fear Conflict Again.
How to Leverage Conflict into Intimacy
Conflict is common in any relationship, including in the body of Christ. But it doesn’t have to be debilitating. In this course you will discover simple yet powerful ways to handle conflict in the most effective ways in your communities–with family, church, business, ministry and more. You will learn practical skills to grow in all your relationships.
Learn more about our book, workshops and online course to help you effectively manage conflict. See what people are saying about Boost Your Relationship IQ and Never Fear Conflict Again.
We also have devotionals, journals and training to help you grow in your relationship with the Lord, Bible studies, a book on spiritual warfare and more. Learn More.
To learn more about how we can serve you or your group, or to request additional information, please use the contact form below or email me directly at Gaylyn at Gaylyn.net. I look forward to hearing from you!
December 2018 Newsletter for GMCN
According to IMB.org, Missionary life is filled with stress and pressure, and much of it is subconscious.
This past year has been one of the most stressful times in my entire life, from very difficult relationships to stressful living situations overseas—most that I can’t share in a newsletter. Despite applying the many spiritual resources we have, at times stress and fear have threatened to overwhelm me.
Many people today are very stressed and overwhelmed by life. On top of the normal issues people encounter, cross-cultural missionaries also face a myriad of other stresses including: living situations and language challenges; being away from family, friends and their own cultures; relationship issues and conflicts on teams, on bases and in families; low support and not knowing how to increase it or keep it and much more. How much can you relate to? What are some things that cause you and others in your mission the most stress? How are you or others handling it now?
The Holmes-Rahe Scale is one way to measure people’s stress. The premise is that the number of life events can increase the level of stress until it becomes dangerous. They found that people who reached level 200 on the scale within one year, would have consequences for time to come; and those who reached level 300, would probably end up hospitalized within two years. Dr. Lois Dodds, President and Director of Heartstream Resources, found that the typical missionary had sustained levels of stress over 300—year after year. The typical missionary, actually had double that level—600 on the scale; and that missionaries’ stress in their first term often peaked at 900.
Having been a missionary in various capacities for most of the past forty years, I understand many of the stresses missionaries face. I’ve also trained many counselors, pastors and missionaries in how to effectively handle stress and conflict. When I remember to apply the principles that I’ve used in writing and training, I find great help. However, honestly, at times I get so caught up in the stress that I forget to apply some of them. Recently, out of desperation, I applied the principles in the book my Dad, Ken Williams, PhD, and I wrote on stress, All Stressed Up and Everywhere to Go! It was amazing how it helped. These are the same principles in the Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills workbook. Before Dad went to his reward in 2013 (as he used to say), we began adapting the principles, making them available in books and online courses to anyone, including those who hadn’t gone through a workshop.
How can we help ourselves, as well as the missionaries we serve, to more effectively manage stress? God has given many tools and practical skills that can help us and others work through stress. What helps you manage your stress? I’d love to hear your thoughts. You can respond in the form above, or email me directly at gaylyn at gaylyn.net.
Blessings on you as you serve our King!
Gaylyn Williams, co-author of All Stressed Up and Everywhere to Go! and director of Relationship Resources