Here & (T)here Podcast S03E15 - The Forgotten Children of Slovakia - May 26, 2017

May 30, 2017

Raising #kids is tough work. I know, because I'm currently co-raising two delightful teen-aged monsters. Raising kids across cultures is even tougher work. This too I know, because I've listened carefully to Global Worker families share openly about raising their third-culture kids and #teens for the past 8 years. Sitting at my kitchen table a few weeks ago, I had the privilege of interrogating the Forgotten Armitage Children of #Slovakia about Global Worker kid life and growing up between two worlds. Like all good pods with kids, you'll love the honesty, hilarity, maturity and calamity that ensues on the latest edition of the Here and (T)here Podcast. One thing you'll agree on is that Sheldon and Anna are doing a fantastic job as GW #parents and raising their kids in a beautiful culturally blended family destined to change the world. Grab a juice bar lady drink and have a listen! 🎙️🤦🤷💁🍹🇸🇰😂🙌 #TCK #HnTPodcast

Here & (T)here Podcast S03E14 - The Dark Side of Missions? - May 19, 2017

May 24, 2017

Recently we came across an interesting article about missionary burnout. It seems to be a theme on the past few podcasts but this article generated a lot of reaction and dialogue between global workers. So, being the relevant dudes that we are, we decided to chip in our two cents and examine hot topics like burnout, stress and the sacred cow itself...sabbaticals.

Are global workers soft? Does a Wall Street investment banker have the same levels of stress as a global worker in Timbuktu? Should sabbaticals be available to all or only those on the 76th level of the missional org chart?

Listen to Matt and Shel spare with each other, challenge each other and ultimately love each other on the latest episode.

#sabbaticals #hntpodcast #mattisawesome #stress

Here & (T)here Podcast S03E13 - Do Missionaries Care About Missionary Care? - May 12, 2017

May 17, 2017

Ah, Missionary Care. Probably the single most debated issue I have discussed with Global Workers over the years. Some GWs need a little, others, a lot. Many missionaries feel well supported by their regional leadership and/or the home team, and some wonder if anyone knows they're still out there! While Melissa Williams (- the Melissa + a Scott) was hanging out at the Missionary Guest House for a couple of days a few weeks ago, we chatted about this topic, and Scott shared some creative "care" ideas with me. The opinions expressed by Scott and myself in this podcast are those of a GW and former Missionary Care Guy and do not necessarily reflect your opinion or the official policy or position of any sending agency of the #PAOC. There, we disclaimed it, now you can safely listen to it! #missionarycare #membercare #haveyoursay #HnTpodcast

Here & (T)here Podcast S03E12 - On The Road! - May 4, 2017

May 4, 2017

Here & (T)here is getting out of the studio and taking this show on the ROAD! Join us (Anna and Sheldon) as we embark on the adventure that is ITINERATION. We start in Vancouver, head to Osoyoos, go up to Trail, stop in Banff, go to Edmonton and somewhere along the line end up with a $350 speeding ticket. Along the way we sample new cuisine, discover outdoor hot tubs, see the Rockies, lay some smack down on Alberta highways, talk to the newest member of the Eurasia Lead Team, Cal Anthony, and see so much more...

This podcast is as epic as the trip we went on...and we know it one that most Global Workers can identify with. Thankfully It's not as long as a Canadian highway but it might be just long enough for your next commute to where it is you are global working.

This podcast is 100% true and 100% Matt Janes free (sad emoji).

Here & (T)here Podcast S03E11 - Surviving a Continental Crisis - April 28, 2017

April 28, 2017

In Part II of the Mid·life Cri·sis Series I asked Patricia DeWit to reflect back on the #transition from 22 years in #Thailand to life as it is now for her and Peter DeWit in Paris, #France. Pat and good words are close friends, and you will surely enjoy the ones she's intentionally chosen to describe this time in her family's life on the latest edition of the HnT Podcast. Listen closely at the end when she talks to her 30 year old self! Interviewing my sister from another mister was a pleasant walk down Authentic Avenue, and I know her way of processing their "Continental Crisis" will encourage so many of you out there. 🌏🔜🌍✌🏼 #hntpodcast #midlifecrisis #twooffour

Here & (T)here Podcast S03E10 - Help! I’m Having A Mid-Ministry Crisis - April 21, 2017

April 21, 2017

Mid·life cri·sis: (noun) "an emotional crisis of identity and self-confidence that can occur in early middle age." Nice working definition, but who gets to define #crisis of identity and self-confidence? What's the exact number for "early middle age"? In an effort to bite off more that I can chew, I'm recording a series of podcasts with Global Workers who are or who have worked through some sort of transitional period in their adult lives. Ryan Salomons was the first to take a ride down Honesty Highway with me on the #HnTPodcast and talk about the difficult years while leading his family to #Ukraine and through the first 2 years. Did he have a mid-life crisis? Did it move him into mission? Was it an actual crisis? How did he handle the transition? Our discussion answers these questions and others. Thanks for listening here and (t)here! #midlifecrisis #oneoffour #hereandthere 🚨🔜

Here & (T)here Podcast S03E09 - Making (Curry) Chicken Salad Out of Global Volunteers - April 7, 2017

April 10, 2017

You know how many Indian food jokes I know? Naan! On the other hand, I could tell you a few hundred stories about the awesome work of Global #Volunteers over the past 8 years. I am a huge fan of our GVs...remember, Noah's Ark was built by volunteers; the Titanic was built by professionals! 😜 In this week's edition of the Here & (T)here Podcast, I chatted with #GloVol Alex Lopez who's curry-ently assisting a mystery GW family in Kolkata, #India. (Their identity is being withheld for their own protection!) Listen in while Alex gushes about global #volunteering and shares the inside scoop on The Real GlobalWorkerLives of #Kolkata. 🇮🇳🍗🍛🙋🏻‍♂️ #HnTpodcast

Here & (T)here Podcast S03E08 - Caring For Aging Parents From Over There - March 31, 2017

March 31, 2017

Many people have observed that, the second you're born, you start dying. Of course, dying is not an acceptable reality these days until you've got a good 80-90 years behind you! I'm at the age and stage where my parents are now mid-70s and their health is relatively good, considering their age. That being said, I know at any moment that could change - but I'm over HERE and can immediately step in to help with a health crisis. You're over THERE, and you've left your aging parents back HERE - so what do you do when you get "the call" from your mom or dad with the news of their recent diagnosis? In the latest edition of the Here & (T)here podcast, I was able to ask Wendy Laird Skinner that question and a few more about this issue. Special grace and peace upon her for opening up about the challenges of caring for aging parents from overseas. Trust you will enjoy her honesty and advice! 🙋🏼🔜👵🏼🏥🚨 #prayforbetty #lairdforlife #agingparents #hntpodcast

Here & (T)here Podcast S03E07 - Der Matthäus ist in Deutschland - March 24, 2017

March 24, 2017

Steve Martin once famously said, "Before you criticize a man, walk a mile in his shoes. That way when you do criticize him, you'll be a mile away and have his shoes." Well last week I traded in my Chuck Taylor Converse and walked a few thousand KMs in Sheldon Armitage's #German clogs, and now I'm ready to tell him what I really think of the GW life in #Europa. For the first time since the birth of the Here & There Podcast, we've fully switched places with me being "over there" in Germany et la France, and Sheldon doing time "over here" in Canada. Pardon Sheldon's Canadian Internet signal and poor audio...just one of the many crosses to bear living in Canada. Kein Bier wurde bei der Herstellung dieses Podcast verbraucht! 🇩🇪🔜🇨🇦 #mattoverthere #sheldonoverhere #tradingplaces #hntpodcast

Here & (T)here Podcast S03E06 - Roaming Around At District Conference - March 13, 2017

March 13, 2017

The audio quality of this podcast gets much better after a few minutes. I promise.

Have you ever attended a District Conference? What's the point beyond voting on amendments to the amendments of the resolution on whether or not we should raise one hand or two during worship? Is there any reason for global workers to go to their district conference?

This week on the podcast, Sheldon and his awesome co-host Anna attend the BC and Yukon District Conference. Along the way they attend a banquet (free food!) bump into a few familiar faces and make some new friends as well. If you've ever wondered what the director of GlobalEd is up to or how the author of the Wellness Plan and Sheldon are connected or even who Rebecca Strafforelli is, then pour yourself a cup of coffee and give this episode a listen.

BTW...This episode is 100% Matt Janes free as he's over THERE on family vacation somewhere in Europe.