Category - Missionary Life

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When Your Missionary Calling Hits a Dead End
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How to Avoid Burnout and Thrive on the Mission Field
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Preparing for Missions: 6 Tips for a Healthy Goodbye
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How to Handle Culture Stress
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Biking to Belong in Japan
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What It’s Like to Raise My Young Kids Overseas
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5 Women Who Were Trailblazers in Missions
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What It’s Like to Be a Single Missionary
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The Truth About Being a Missionary at Christmas
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What it Looks Like to be a Missionary in the Czech Republic [Photo Journal]

When Your Missionary Calling Hits a Dead End

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After many closed doors, Kristine wondered if she would ever make it to the mission field to fulfill her missionary calling. Until the right door opened. Photo by TEAM

In November 2014, I was in a classroom that had a piano with a wooden cutout of a sheep leaning against it. It was as if the sheep was cautiously peering around the corner of the piano. In that moment, I thought, I don’t want to be like that sheep. I want to be the kind of sheep that goes charging around the corner if I think I hear my Shepherd’s voice. Have you ever been that sheep, longing to follow the Shepherd, thinking you heard His voice, but hesitating because you’re not quite sure? I have — many times….

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How to Avoid Burnout and Thrive on the Mission Field

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What happens when missions becomes miserable? A former missionary shares her best tips on how to avoid burnout and thrive on the mission field.

I had been on the mission field for 10 months. I was holed up in one of the few less-than-desirable guest houses in a remote East Asian mountain town. I was relentlessly vomiting from food poisoning, and there was only one public outhouse for all of the guests’ bathroom needs. There was no running water. And I could hear the rats scurrying in the walls. I was miserable. I remembered the romantic visions that filled my head as I prepared to go to the mission field. The excitement that bubbled out of me at the mention of this faraway place…

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Preparing for Missions: 6 Tips for a Healthy Goodbye

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Preparing for missions? Moving overseas and saying goodbye to the people and places you love is not easy. Here are six tips on how to leave well.

When Jesus told us to “go to all the world,” “go” meant leave!   Leave home. Leave family. Leave what’s familiar, and go to what is strange to you. For a missionary, all the studying, fundraising, preparation and planning marches inexorably to this point: time to “go.” Two letters. One small step into the aircraft door. One big turning point. That moment can be an intensely lonely moment, both for those leaving and those who are left.  However, both parties are in company with a lot of people in today’s world. Jerry Jones, a blogger who lives in China and…

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How to Handle Culture Stress

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Feeling tired, drained or frustrated while living overseas? You might be experiencing culture stress. Here's how to handle it and adapt to your new normal. Graphics by TEAM

In the last 18 years, I have traveled to countries on nearly every continent. Every country I traveled to has taught me about culture and about myself. Through my travels, I have experienced things completely foreign to my definition of normal. I  have bathed and washed my hair in a bucket, slept in a treehouse, eaten with monkeys, been roommates with scorpions, used two boards as a toilet, traveled through the mountains in the back of a pickup truck and eaten foods I can’t pronounce. All of these experiences, while exciting, triggered culture stress in me, which can affect your…

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Biking to Belong in Japan

Moving halfway around the globe can be challenging. At the beginning of my time here, I had difficult days. Days where I thought I'd never fit into the culture. On those days, I'd take out my bike and ride. Photo by TEAM

I twist and turn down the bumpy sidewalk in my suburban neighborhood of Tokyo, and I feel the cool air hit my face. I hear the cars passing me, and I smell exhaust fumes mixed with scents from the corner restaurant. As I approach a pedestrian crossing I hear the screech of my brakes, and I’m reminded of why I feel at home here. I never thought riding a bicycle in Tokyo would become my favorite pastime. My husband and I moved to Tokyo just four months ago, along with our two young children and dog. If you would’ve told…

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What It’s Like to Raise My Young Kids Overseas

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Beth hasn't been on the mission field long, but she's had a crash course in what it's like to help her children transition and thrive overseas. Here are her lessons learned. Photos courtesy of Beth Barthelemy

I have three kids, all 4 and under. And six months ago, we moved across the globe. To be honest, some of the thoughts I’ve had are: Am I crazy? Am I irresponsible? Definitely not, I’m so equipped to not only raise my own kids but also to write a fantastic blog post about how I do it so well! I’m sure there are many others who’ve been overseas longer, who have golden nuggets of wisdom on parenting overseas. But all this aside, here are some reflections from a fresh-on-the-field, young mama of three on what it’s like to raise my…

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5 Women Who Were Trailblazers in Missions

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These women won't be recorded in history books, but their lives of gospel service will be remembered in eternity. Photos by TEAM

When you think of women in missions, names like Elisabeth Elliot, Lottie Moon and Amy Carmichael might come to mind. Their well-documented lives continue to inspire both men and women to live lives fully yielded to the Gospel. But the legacy of women on the mission field doesn’t end with them. For hundreds of years, women have been the lifeblood of missions, crossing enemy lines, healing the sick and even risking their lives to spread the Gospel. Today, we want to share just a few of the amazing stories you haven’t heard yet. Stella Cox     In 1950, young…

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What It’s Like to Be a Single Missionary

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The fear of staying single keeps some potential missionaries off the field. Read what six workers say it's really like to be single and serve. Photo by TEAM

She’s known as the MacGyver of missionaries. She spent 15 years traveling with nomadic cattle-herders, single-handedly wired her desert home with solar panels and still has her water delivered by donkeys. But Tillie Tiller’s adventurous life in Chad slammed into a wall when she turned 39. That’s when she realized she wasn’t getting married. “In so many missionary biographies, in the middle of nowhere, a single guy shows up, and it is a perfect pairing. … Up until age 38, I thought it was going to happen,” Tillie says. “At age 39, I was pretty sure it wouldn’t happen, so…

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The Truth About Being a Missionary at Christmas

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Leaving behind beloved Christmas traditions is a true cost of being a missionary. But this sacrifice makes room for new traditions that will illuminate the meaning of Christmas in fresh ways.

I love Christmas. My mama always called me her “Christmas girl.” When I was growing up there was nothing like waking up at Grandma’s house on Christmas morning. The Christmas tree twinkling in the early morning hours, holiday smells wafting from the kitchen, stockings filled with treasures. Listening to my dad read the Christmas story from the Bible and thinking about Mary giving birth in the stable to Baby Jesus warmed every inch of my soul. Even crawling half asleep into a freezing cold car to go home felt like a magical part of the whole experience to me. Yes, my…

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What it Looks Like to be a Missionary in the Czech Republic [Photo Journal]

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The Pardo family left New Mexico in 2016 to serve among a Mongolian population living in Czech Republic. Scroll through to see images from their journey. Photos courtesy of Maria and Servy Pardo

Servy and Maria Pardo’s ministry straddles two continents and cultures. In 2016, their family of five moved to Prague, but with the unique focus of serving a Mongolian immigrant population living in the Czech Republic. Scroll through their photo journal to see for yourself what it’s like to be a missionary in eastern Europe.   Meet the Pardo Family    Dobrý den! Сайн байна уу! Hello, we are the Pardo family! After we served for 19 months in Mongolia as missionaries and for four and a half years in pastoral ministry, God called us to the Czech Republic to serve…

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