Entries by Interserve

Why we chose Tabor for On Track Together

On Track Together is a 22-month missional pathway for people in their 20s and early 30s seeking to be to globally minded Jesus-followers. In forming this new pathway we’ve stayed close to our roots, looking to partner with an Australian Bible college that is committed to building effectiveness, faithfulness and longevity in our cross-cultural workers. […]

Caring for Third Culture Kids

Maybe you’re wondering what a Third Culture Kid (TCK) is and why you should care for one? Are they a rare plant? An endangered species? A remote people group? If you or your church are responsible for supporting a family overseas, then you have the opportunity to care for and pray for a TCK.  The […]

Is mission still relevant?

The relevance of cross-cultural ministry is increasingly questioned by Christians today. Maybe not always voiced; but it’s a demonstrable sentiment nonetheless. The reasons for mission drift are rarely singular—but post-colonial cringe, post-Christendom insecurity, and postmodern relativism must number among them. Throw in global sex abuse scandals, toxic nationalism, refugee politics and compassion fatigue and Christians […]

Fruitful, not fearful

Fear is normal. Imagine life without fear. You’d walk into oncoming traffic. You’d swim outside the flags. You wouldn’t study for an exam and you’d spend your way to bankruptcy. While “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”, a healthy respect for the things that threaten, harm, or hinder us surely builds […]

Introducing Tangible Love

Intangible gifts that make a tangible difference to people who need it most. We believe that the most important things in life aren’t things. Being treated with dignity. Having support with mental health. Earning a livelihood. Growing up as part of a family. TangibleLove.org.au is a place where you can buy a gift or contribute to […]

Administry

Paperwork, spreadsheets, filing, correspondence, keeping records, compliance, logistics, making sure to order replacement toner for the photocopier… Administration. It’s all pretty ordinary stuff. It’s not exactly the same as being a doctor or a teacher or a theological lecturer, is it? It’s not the same at all. It’s an entirely different and valuable set of […]

Up to Him

Recently, as I started the last chapter of Romans in my quiet time it struck me that Paul sent greetings to three women who have worked hard in the Lord. What got me what that in this particular letter he didn’t say these women worked hard for the Lord or even with Him but in […]

And the nominees are…

And the nominees are … Interserve authors! SparkLit announced the shortlist for the Australian Christian Book of the Year. Congratulations to Dr Bernie Power on Challenging Islamic Traditions: Searching QuestionsAbout the Hadith from a Christian Perspective and to co-authors Andrew Schachtel, Choon-Hwa Lim and Michael K. Wilson on Changing Lanes, Crossing Cultures. The award recognises and encourages excellence in […]

The bigger picture

I held the piece in my hand, staying intently at its detail. It didn’t seem to fit. I couldn’t make sense of it. We were at breaking point in the puzzle-making process. Recently, Mason had received a puzzle from his grandparents that was too difficult for him to do alone, so I had happily agreed […]

Crossing cultures: 11 lessons learned

Crossing cultures isn’t easy. Getting to know your neighbour, making friends and building cross-cultural communities is something that definitely takes time and effort. But it doesn’t take a superhero! Here’s eleven lessons learned by an experienced cross-cultural practitioner.   Culture tends to follow the line of least resistance. So, unless we make a conscious effort, […]