When you think of a typical missionary, what goes through your mind? We’d like to introduce you to a key player in our main partner organisation, SIL, whose workday probably doesn’t look quite how you’d imagine. Michael Greed works from his home in Finland as Communications Director for SIL Eurasia. We asked him what a typical day for him looks like:
The alarm goes off at 7. After breakfast I do half an hour of back, shoulder and muscle exercises, knowing that I will be sitting at a desk for most of the day. My wife and I then share a Celtic morning prayer liturgy together, and I follow this with David Suchet reading a chapter of Jeremiah. I prefer the audio Bible for my personal devotions nowadays.
At around 9 I gravitate to my desk. First I check incoming emails. More than 20 new messages have come in overnight. I am copied on an exchange of emails between Global Communications and a team leader in the Caucasus about the website celebrating the language and culture of a particular people group. Sounds exciting! I make a note to follow up with an article in the SIL Eurasia website I am constructing.
As Communications Director for SIL Eurasia I send out a monthly bulletin to all Eurasia staff. I compiled it yesterday. Today I receive a note from the colleague who was reviewing it, giving me a green light… but first check the hyperlinks, some of them don’t work! I correct the links and send the bulletin out. I included in it a request for ‘Welcome!’ in the languages of Eurasia, and before the day is out a number of colleagues have responded with ‘Welcome!’ in the language they are working in. I add these to the home page of our upcoming website. I also add more resources (links to language maps) to the resources section of the website.
Over mid-morning coffee I browse the headlines from The Guardian (online) and read a couple of articles. It’s my turn to cook dinner today so around 12.15 I go and turn the oven on…
The afternoon is devoted to my dissertation. During the summer I interviewed 12 mission leaders, and MissionAssist have transcribed the interviews for me. Today I make mindmaps of these interviews. I am surprised at how helpful I find this, having someone’s thoughts all mapped out on one page. So I write a Facebook post to this effect.
Monday evening I’m at a Bible study (in either English or Finnish) and Thursday evening there’s choir practice. Tonight I realise I’ve not added a new post to my personal website for a while… but I’m too tired to think about that now, so watch Jeeves & Wooster instead.
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