Author Interview: Sue Eenigenburg and Eva Burkholder 

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Author Interview

Grit to Stay, Grace to Go: Staying Well in Cross-Cultural Ministry*

By Sue Eenigenburg and Eva Burkholder 

William Carey Publishing, 2023 

230 ebook pages

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This book presents in practical ways that “going, staying, and being left to carry on (cross-cultural ministry) are all hard and each one requires grit and grace” (page xv).  It argues for not leaving too soon in mission (when grit is needed) and for not staying too long either (when grace is needed). In part 1 of their workbook or handbook (as the co-authors call their book), major challenges in staying (e.g., continual adjusting, juggling roles, rootlessness, different expectations; loneliness) are addressed. In Part 2, the workbook raises concerns in staying well (or saying goodbye to colleagues who leave), like betrayal, anger, disappointment, and overwork. In Part 3, key questions are asked regarding whether gospel messengers are to decide to stay or go (when both grit and grace are needed). 

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