Christine Paterson

Who or what is a PACTeam?

PACT is an acrostic, standing for Personal Accountability and Care Team. There is also a hidden meaning which carries the sense of such a team’s purpose. A PACT is a “formal agreement between individuals or parties”, usually written down and has the weight of a serious promise.  The idea behind the concept is that a […]

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What is a RAFT and Why Do I Need One?

RAFT is a helpful and important acrostic, commonly used in cross-cultural circles. It stands for:  Reconcile Affirm say Farewell Think destination    It is a tool to help with navigating transition in a healthy way. Fundamentally, it is about what it takes to have healthy closure in the place you are leaving so that you […]

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An ‘Ordinary’ Person, Who Made a Big Difference

Do you think your life could never make a difference? Let us show you how you are wrong! Especially right now, how we choose to invest our lives can make a huge impact on others… Since losing a very special friend and precious team member very suddenly about two weeks ago, Ross and I have […]

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The World on Our Doorstep

Covid has upturned us, the world is changing around our ears, and the thought of going out on missions is probably far from anyone’s mind. But here is some food for thought for 2021. Two recent interviewees Jen Bishop and Pete Askew) have given a perspective that God has already brought the nations to us! […]

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Issues to ponder when preparing to send someone out to front-line missions

Imagine… You are a new missionary recruit about to depart for your assignment abroad. You are theologically trained, you have experience of ministry and you are very, very clear about your ‘call’ to go where you are now headed. BUT – and it’s a big ‘but’, though don’t realise it yet – you have not […]

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Who or What is a Third Culture Kid?

Who or what is a TCK? A while ago, I met with a missionary family from a large Asian country working in the Middle East. They are a culture-blended family to begin with (both parents are from a Korean-Chinese background, and they speak both languages at home). On top of those cultures, they and their […]

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Announcing New Course: Crossing Cultures 101

We have just launched our most recent course Crossing Cultures 101! It’s free to complete and consists of 3 online modules with several lessons in each, to be completed in your own time. This is the course we wish we could have done before starting our missionary journeys - and, after learning a lot of […]

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Five things I wish I had known

A while ago my husband and I were talking with a friend about the huge task that faces us in setting up an online training school. In the course of about an hour’s conversation, Eric asked a telling question. He said, “Ross, Christine – looking back over your several decades of experience in international living […]

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Who or what is a PACTeam?

September 10, 2021
PACT is an acrostic, standing for Personal Accountability and Care Team. There is also a hidden meaning which carries the sense of such a team’s purpose. A PACT is a “formal agreement between individuals or parties”, usually written down and has the weight of a serious promise.  The idea behind the concept is that a […]
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What is a RAFT and Why Do I Need One?

August 8, 2021
RAFT is a helpful and important acrostic, commonly used in cross-cultural circles. It stands for:  Reconcile Affirm say Farewell Think destination    It is a tool to help with navigating transition in a healthy way. Fundamentally, it is about what it takes to have healthy closure in the place you are leaving so that you […]
Read More

An ‘Ordinary’ Person, Who Made a Big Difference

February 10, 2021
Do you think your life could never make a difference? Let us show you how you are wrong! Especially right now, how we choose to invest our lives can make a huge impact on others… Since losing a very special friend and precious team member very suddenly about two weeks ago, Ross and I have […]
Read More

The World on Our Doorstep

January 11, 2021
Covid has upturned us, the world is changing around our ears, and the thought of going out on missions is probably far from anyone’s mind. But here is some food for thought for 2021. Two recent interviewees Jen Bishop and Pete Askew) have given a perspective that God has already brought the nations to us! […]
Read More

Issues to ponder when preparing to send someone out to front-line missions

December 3, 2020
Imagine… You are a new missionary recruit about to depart for your assignment abroad. You are theologically trained, you have experience of ministry and you are very, very clear about your ‘call’ to go where you are now headed. BUT – and it’s a big ‘but’, though don’t realise it yet – you have not […]
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Who or What is a Third Culture Kid?

November 18, 2020
Who or what is a TCK? A while ago, I met with a missionary family from a large Asian country working in the Middle East. They are a culture-blended family to begin with (both parents are from a Korean-Chinese background, and they speak both languages at home). On top of those cultures, they and their […]
Read More

Announcing New Course: Crossing Cultures 101

September 13, 2019
We have just launched our most recent course Crossing Cultures 101! It’s free to complete and consists of 3 online modules with several lessons in each, to be completed in your own time. This is the course we wish we could have done before starting our missionary journeys - and, after learning a lot of […]
Read More

Five things I wish I had known

August 22, 2019
A while ago my husband and I were talking with a friend about the huge task that faces us in setting up an online training school. In the course of about an hour’s conversation, Eric asked a telling question. He said, “Ross, Christine – looking back over your several decades of experience in international living […]
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