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Jamie Wright Author of The Very Worst Missionary - 120

By Jeff Manildi & Allen O'Brien

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, follow her on Twitter & Instagram, like her on Facebook and of course get a copy of her book The Very Worst Missionary!   ANNOUNCEMENTS To enter into a drawing to get a free copy of her book please fill out our survey at  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.     RELEVANT LINKS FROM OUR CONVERSATION WITH JAMIE WRIGHT AUTHOR OF THE VERY WORST MISSIONARY The Very Worst Missionary by Jamie Wright (Book - Amazon Affiliate Link) My DTR (define the relationship) with World Vision. (Jamie Wright Blog Post) Teens chase kidnapping suspect on bikes, save 5-year-old girl (Article) Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman (Book - Amazon Affiliate Link) 4 Awful Things Pastor Mark Driscoll Has Said Besides Calling Women “Penis Homes” (Article)   YOUR SUPPORT Thank you for listening to Irenicast.  If you appreciate the show please consider sharing your appreciation by rating, reviewing and/or subscribing to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or whatever platform you’re listening on. You can also help support the show financially by going to to do your Amazon shopping.  This will cost you nothing, but Amazon will give a portion of the proceeds to the show.   IRENCAST HOSTS Jeff Manildi | co-host and producer | 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 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.   ADD YOUR VOICE TO THE CONVERSATION Join our post-evangelical conversations on faith and culture by interacting with us through the following links: Read Us on our blog Irenicon Email Us at Follow Us on Twitter and Google+ Like Us on Facebook Listen & Subscribe to Us on iTunes, Google Play, Android, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, iHeart Radio, Spreaker and SoundCloud Speak to Us on our Feedback Page and the Post Evangelical Facebook Group See Us on Instagram Support Us on Amazon Love Us?   CREDITS Intro and Outro music created by Mike Golin.   This post may contain affiliate links.  An Irenicon is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

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