ToolsSome weeks are busier than others. Some weeks quieter. There are days of travel, marked with astonishing experiences and amazing sights. But, usually the days of travel are filled with quiet conversations and everyday life as we care for workers spread from Poland to Greece.

And, then, there are the days of “working from home”. Often we find ourselves answering the question, “What do you do when you aren’t traveling and caring for missionaries?”

Well, when we aren’t traveling, we bring out the tools. Practical tools. Useful tools. Calendar. Computer. Phone. Bible. Printouts. Files. Books. Research. And, a good pen.

Communication. Working from home means we continue communicating with workers in the States and those across the pond. Skype, Messenger, Zoom, E-mail, Yammer and even FaceBook are favorites, by computer or phone. Some of those same tools are good ways to keep in touch with supporters as well.

Meetings. We are part of the Member Care Team, a ReachGlobal team providing support and care for missionaries around the world. This past week a few of us on the team met together to begin a discussion of evaluation for the periodic debriefings we offer to missionaries when they are in the U.S.

Planning. The next trip. The next presentation. The next communication. The calendar is our friend!

Preparation. Sometimes in the form of training. Sometimes in the form of study. Presently we are involved in training with Terry Walling of Leader BreakThru. Sharpening our skills in coaching leaders.

Reading. Facing Danger: A Guide Through Risk, by Dr. Anna E. Hampton; Them: The Richer Life Found in Caring for Others, by John Certalic; Soul Keeping: Caring for the Most Important Part of You, by John Ortberg. Rich selections.

Bringing out the tools. Good for the heart, soul and mind of ministry – and life.