12) US Director of National Intelligence: Worldwide Threat Assessment

Thanks to the US Director of the National Intelligence Service who, on behalf of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, recently made available a 42-page briefing on just about every hotspot under heaven. You can learn about the humanitarian disaster in Yemen, the latest on Iraq, perhaps understand the latest threats from North Korea, and much more. (There are some advantages to open democracies.) Download the briefing for free at…—SSCI.pdf


(Thanks to Justin for tipping us off to this resource!)

3) Just When You Thought the World Was More Violent (It was)

We caught a link in the BBC news recently to a page that tracks and studies violent incidents and the actors who make them happen. This is a good news/bad news deal. The good news is — they found fewer total fatalities this year. I talked this through with my son who is studying conflict in his Ph.D. grad program. His take on this was that civil conflicts are starting at a similar rate as throughout history and with similar predictors, but are much harder to resolve. As a result, there are more conflicts since they just keep grinding on. So again, the good news is, maybe we aren’t seeing more violent encounters than at any time in the past. We just can’t STOP them. Here’s the page that started the conversation.

What’s YOUR take on this? (Some of you are living in the MIDDLE of this conflict. We value and treasure your feelings on this — and we pray for your situation daily.)

7) If you Had Just One Wish This Christmas, What Would it be?

Boy, I’d be very tempted to wish for the complete peace of Christ in Yemen. Take a look at the conflict tracker at…!/conflict/war-in-yemen

It’s haunting. I would wish that it could stop. Today. Now.

By the way, learn more about conflict throughout the world at…!/

9) Dealing with Conflict

counselorIt’s one of the most frequent reasons for missionary attrition. But it doesn’t have to be. Conflict can be a tool for greater understanding between people. If dealt with in healthy ways it can actually enhance closeness rather than causing greater distance. Whether you’re experiencing conflict with colleagues, a spouse, kids, your boss, there can be a way forward. Care Port Counseling can help. Contact them at…

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