Hello! I am Scott Shaum. I love to tramp around the world eating great food and meeting with great people (not in that order, of course!). I did not come upon this gig of my own volition though.
My wife and I started out as church planters in Hong Kong in the late 80’s. The Cantonese language was, in a word, impenetrable most days. I fumbled through Cantonese sermons. That a church was started is more an expression of the God who raises from the dead than our expertise.
My wife has wisely dubbed those years as the years God taught us to walk with him.
He then moved us whiplash-style into a pastorate in Detroit, MI. That decade was rich in community. We have so many friends there that are lifers. They love us wondrously. Those were the years that God gave me a teacher’s voice and a shepherd’s heart.
My wife says those were the years God taught us to walk with others.
During those years in the pastorate, a vision birthed. We began to dream of pastoring workers around the world. My role allowed me to travel to visit the various ministries the church partnered with. But we yearned for more. 18 years ago God gave us the release to join Barnabas International. In the BI world God wove together our cross-cultural and pastoral experiences.
These years in BI have been beautiful and harder than we knew life could be. Along with working with amazing people all over the world, we have been taken into some of the darkest times of our lives. Our version of adversity has come guised as chronic health challenges. The adversity has been unrelenting at times, as has the Father’s outlandish love.
Yes, my wife has wisdom on these years as well. She calls them the years God has taught us to walk in darkness.
Along with the pastoral care, training, and other forms of spiritual guidance we are graced to provide to workers all over the world, we are also on the BI leadership team. More and more of our time is gladly spent on engaging other BI staff in their walks and ministry design.
We have been gifted with three sons who are all ridiculously taller than me, have amazing hearts for others and have been shot like arrows into the world. Each of them are vowed to amazing wives. ANd now the grandchildren have begun to grace our days. God’s favor is so immense and kind.
Thanks for checking the site out. Your comments and feedback mean more to me than I can convey. I am hoping for some level of conversation as we all learn together.
Pax e Bonum Scott
About this Site
God is a communal and missional God. He desires his people be gathered, and so we gather weekly into worshipping communities. He also desires his people scattered, and so we scatter daily into bustling marketplaces and communities. Some of us he urges forth to more distant lands that are steeped in great darkness, dryness, and weariness. Like strands of wool thrust forth by a gentle breeze, these ones find themselves far from where they began. And each one requires shepherding. This shepherding must be a particularized, individualized, lingering care to their souls.
Shepherds are called to seek out the scattered sheep. And so with visa-stamped passports and jet-lagged bodies global shepherds seek out sheep scattered across distant lands. Shepherding God’s servants across the globe is a unique work requiring clear thinking (theology), solid practices (skills), clear purposes (holistic vitality of the sheep), and essential personal vibrancy (the shepherd’s own overflowing life). Of course, a good sense of humor doesn’t hurt either! Each of these arenas shall be reflected upon in this blog site.
This site is for those Tending Scattered Wool. If I can make it more helpful, please let me know.