Journal Entry #57 – Team dynamics and conflicts. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, things are not the same in the mission field as they are back home. No matter how good of friends you may think you are with someone, or how well prepared you suppose yourself to be, there are going to be crashes, conflicts, or crisis with your fellow workers. A foreign mission field is a completely different environment with different forces at work on all the senses. The manner in which we handle these difficult situations is the key. In times such as these, try to remember this passage, “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:3). Soldiers must not only guard against the enemy from outside, but also from within. Satan couldn’t be happier than to see a squadron of the Lord’s army dissolve on account of some trivial internal conflict. It is another victory for him. Let us be mature, sensible, and responsible men toward one another in order to resolve whatever issue may arise. I am thankful and blessed to have such wonderful team mates. We have had our share of conflicts, but every one of them has been handled extraordinarily well. I believe it is because we desire to put the Lord’s kingdom first in our lives.