Jamie Wright Author of The Very Worst Missionary - 120


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Jamie Wright, author of The Very Worst Missionary, sits down with Jeff and Allen this week to discuss her new book. They talk about the failings of short term mission trips, the North American Missions Industrial Complex, being authentic, church ministry, and more.

In 2007 Jamie and her husband uprooted their family from the life they knew to the unknown land of Costa Rica to be missionaries. Despite what the rhetoric of the church had taught her, being a missionary was not all it was cracked up to be. In fact, she found missions to be a broken system that perhaps does more harm that good.

Jamie was ill prepared for the journey ahead of her, but was able to find her voice by taking up the moniker of The Very Worst Missionary. She started The Very Worst Missionary blog are started writing honestly about her difficulties being on the mission field. Along the way speaking out against the false pretenses that led her to a broken system.

This year Jamie released her memoir (or whatever), recounting her life leading up to, and reflection on, her time in Costa Rica.

If you would like to find out more about Jamie Wright you can read her blog at TheVeryWorstMissionary.com, follow her on Twitter & Instagram, like her on Facebook and of course get a copy of her book The Very Worst Missionary!


To enter into a drawing to get a free copy of her book please fill out our survey at Irenicast.com/survey. Once you’ve filled out the survey we will email you if you have won. The last day to enter the drawing will be Sunday, July 1, 2018.



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Jeff Manildi | co-host and producer | jeff@irenicast.com

Jeff is currently the Director of Discipleship at a United Methodist church on the central coast of California. In addition to getting his B.A. in Theology, he also received his ordination through the prestigious online organization of The Universal Life Church whose alumni include the likes of Conan O’Brien and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Jeff loves all things that tell a story: people, movies, tv, music, comics, etc.

You can follow Jeff (@JeffManildi) on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter. Also check out Jeff’s other podcast Divine Cinema.

Rev. Allen O’Brien | co-host | allen@irenicast.com

Allen is the pastor of a UCC church in Northern California and co-host of the Irenicast. He believes in the importance of education, peace, and ecology, throws things to his border collie Sonata, and writes for multiple platforms.

You can follow Allen (@AllenOB) on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, & Good Reads. Also if you are in the Sacramento, CA area check out Allen’s brick and mortar version of this podcast called Intersections.


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