Cross-cultural ministry adds quite a few more.
And, when you put into that mix marriage issues, things can get really interesting!
To help make sense of that, Ron has written a series of brochures that explore "Missionary Marriage Issues." You may also be interested in downloading the entire series as an e-book.
Dorothy was the wife of an early cross-cultural worker. When she married William, he was a shoemaker, then he became a pastor. However, he soon became burdened for people in other cultures and felt called to serve them. Their marriage faced increasing problems.
How do you handle the situation where one spouse feels called to go, but the other is simply unwilling to go. How do you deal with children who won't go.
In this brochure, Ron explores the interesting issues in marriage when one spouse is called, while the other does not share that call but it willing to be supportive.
In a cross cultural setting, getting enough time together to nurture a relationship can be difficult. But, as Ron points out in this brochure, it is essential, and with some creativity, it can be done.
Cyberporn is accessable and anonymous, and is an issue even in missionary marriages. Ron explores this, and points the way to freedom.
Every deep relationship bring with it the potential for deep hurt. This brochure explores this issue, and helps provide a framework for understanding.
The discipline of children (and the varying opinions on the best way to do it) is a hot topic everywhere, and the complication of cross-cultural living adds to the complexity. Here are some ideas to jumpstart your thinking.
Serving cross-culturally is difficult on any marriage at any time. However, it is especially difficult during the first term of service and during the early years of marriage. Here are some tips to help.
Opposites may attract, but living with someone with different basic values can be difficult. Here are some problems to watch for and some suggestions to help solve them.
Parents often have a difficult time when their children “leave” them, especially if their grandchildren go too. Here are some tips to help.
There are so many electronic things to distract us! The internet, blackberrys, Facebook, chat, satellite radio and tv. Here are some tips to keep them from distracting you from the more important things.
Sometimes it seems that you be married, or be in ministry. But not both! This brochure give some handles to find a manageable balance that will allow you thrive in both.
Money management in marriage is a big challenge to many. Here are some ideas to help you have some productive and effective conversations with your spouse on these key issues.
A trailing spouse is one that follows their spouse as the partner takes a job in another place. It's a unique challenge, but one that can have great rewards.
Most couples do not have to raise their salaries as do many cross-cultural workers. This fund raising may become a serious issue between spouses, so here are some suggestions to help resolve problems that may occur.
After Dorothy Carey died, William remarried. His second wife Charlotte was quite different than Dorothy. Here Ron explores the implications of this.
Download The Entire Series of Missionary Marriage Issues as an E-Book
The brochures of the "Missionary Marriage Issues" series are available in a collection as an e-book containing 18 chapters. This is a great way to have the entire series on your computer to refer to as you have need and opportunity.
New chapters will be added as Ron writes additional brochures.
About the Author
Ron and Bonnie Koteskey are Member Care Consultants with Go International.
They have provided member care for missionaries since 1997.