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MISH: Make important stuff happen (without screwing up too badly)

A missionary survival guide

(with a new section on langauge and culture exploration)

By David Ker

Copyright David Ker

Smashwords Edition

Version 06.Dec.11


November is usually the month in which I fail in my attempt to write some sort of book. In 2010 I wrote a strange collection of blogging inspired murder mysteries in which no one actually died. In 2009, I wrote a memoir of a decade living in Mozambique. In 2008, I worked feverishly on an idea for a novel based on the death of Mary Livingstone and in the end completely froze up and wasn’t able to write a single sentence.

So here we are in 2011. What shall I write? I already decided that because of the fact that I’m supposed to be writing a research proposal for a Master’s degree that I wouldn’t be able to write anything. But here I am with an extra day on my hands. And what a day it is: November 11, 2011. In other words: 11/11/11. Since I need to prepare some notes for a couple of presentations I’m making next week to some new YWAM students, I thought I’d collect together old posts from my blog that deal with being a missionary and some of the contradictions of doing aid when you don’t have the foggiest idea what you’re doing. The result is this book.

All of these essays have appeared previously on my blog. You can read the originals and see comments and refutations by fellow bloggers by visiting here: This isn’t meant to be a comprehensive guide to survival on the field, or the source of every answer you might have about what it means to be a missionary. But I hope there’s enough interesting stuff here based on our experiences in Africa that will justify the price of a free book.

Questions, comments and suggestions for topics that should be included in this book are welcome: email me here:

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