Caring for Ourselves so We Can Care for Others

We have learned that in order to give ourselves fully to the work of the LORD, it is necessary to take care of ourselves well. As Parker Palmer puts it, “Self-care is never a selfish act – it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others. Anytime we can listen to our true self and give the care it requires, we do it not only for ourselves, but for the many others whose lives we touch.”

In 2021, many of the WMF SL experienced overwork and burnout, and learned how difficult it is to recover from burnout. Many of us worked on Sabbath and felt tired and weary throughout the week. Though there will always be overwhelming needs around us, as we work with our neighbors in Kroo Bay, we need to prioritize self-care. During the tactical plan meeting this past January, we decided to have one of our guidelines as this: “Prioritize and Monitor Self-Care.”

Caring for ourselves means not overworking, taking adequate rest, exercising regularly, and investing in hobbies and relationships outside work. For the past few months, we have seen a lot of changes in the lives of the WMF SL staff. Alafia Cole takes time regularly for archery, which he enjoys. Please see the photos below. Jennifer Ney plays tennis on Thursday mornings. Some (Esther Sam, Sarah Rogers, and Salome Bangura) have joined the exercise group at Aberdeen beach early Saturday mornings. We are grateful for the efforts WMF SL staff are making to care for ourselves. We believe that when we are able to care for ourselves well, it allows us to bless our friends and neighbors in Kroo Bay with joy and sustainability.

Jennifer Ney

Field Director