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    • What I'm Seeing... On Burnt Out Missionaries

      October 27, 2018

      What I'm Seeing... On Burnt Out Missionaries
      by Dermot Westcott

      Missionary Attrition, as I discover from my various readings taken from two surveys conducted by the World Evangelical Alliance Missions Commission (WEA), effects many parts of a missionaries life. Early on in my readings of WEA's Remap 1 report, I found myself looking up the word “attrition”. Here is the definition according to dictionary.com.

      Attrition is:

      • a reduction or decrease in numbers, size, or strength.
      • a wearing down or weakening of resistance, esp. as a result of continuous pressure or harassment.
      • a gradual reduction in work force without firing of personnel, as when workers resign or retire and are not replaced.

      Sorry, I don't mean to beat the definition to death but we just need to get that point. The way I figure it, nutrition is the opposite of attrition. One nurtures and provides sustenance and growth; the other slowly starves one to death. ReMap 1, from my point of view, successfully addresses the reasons this is such a serious problem in the world of missionaries worldwide.

      The issues that contribute to attrition are complex. Too complex to identify a simple solution that will fix all those affected by it's sting. For my purposes, I hope to discover the reasons for attrition that was identified in the report, and hopefully during the course, shed some light on what you and I can pray about.

      Seven Areas of Attrition:

      • a clear call from God
      • poor relationships
      • supportive family
      • spiritual health
      • cultural adaptation
      • pastoral care
      • financial provision