Anisha Hopkinson

The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

by Anisha Hopkinson on October 13, 2017

One of my favourite stories of all time is Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. If you haven’t read it, you really should! This post is written with thankfulness to Judith Viorst, the author of Alexander’s bad day, who taught me many years ago that, “Some days are like that”. The […]

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Furlough (for the uninitiated)

by Anisha Hopkinson on August 14, 2017

After three years serving overseas, our agency asks personnel to take a 6 month furlough to reconnect with supporters, spend time with loved ones, and decompress. As we geared up for spending half a year jobless and living out of suitcases in other peoples’ houses I wondered: Will we even survive? Yes, change and transition […]

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Living the Dream

by Anisha Hopkinson on July 14, 2017

By all accounts — we’ve made it. Our decade long dreams are today’s reality. My husband’s dream of flying helicopters in mission aviation is his actual job. My dream of stay-at-home mommying and writing biographies is my everyday life. Our together dream of living in a foreign country found us setting up home in Indonesia. […]

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Debriefing: Do I need it?

by Anisha Hopkinson on June 14, 2017

My husband and I didn’t know if we needed debriefing, we just knew we needed help. By the end of our first term we were worn out, angry all the time, and felt like our emotional buffers were paper thin. It didn’t take much to send us from seemingly content to all guns blazing. I’d […]

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How to Talk to People

by Anisha Hopkinson on April 14, 2017

In the first week at my new high school I dumped an entire bowl of chili on my lap. For a shy kid who didn’t know anyone, this was devastatingly embarrassing. After the chili incident, I resolved to never ever under any circumstances enter the cafeteria again. Through the rest of high school I ate […]

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Hard Truths

by Anisha Hopkinson on March 12, 2017

At a recent ladies’ retreat the speaker asked, “What are the hardest truths to believe about God?” Before moving overseas, I thought I had a pretty good handle on Christianity. If you’d asked me about hard truths just 3 years ago, I might answer: Um, interpreting the book of Revelation? Moving overseas complicated a lot […]

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My Pre-Furlough Mind

by Anisha Hopkinson on February 7, 2017

In 32 days, it’s furlough time! After 3 years serving overseas, we’re heading back for 6 months. We are completely and ridiculously over the moon excited. My son keeps asking if we can go straight from the airport to the mall. The other day my husband sighed, “Right now I just want to be sitting […]

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The Measure of Success

by Anisha Hopkinson on January 12, 2017

The year I failed algebra for paying more attention to boys than the teacher, mom and dad grounded me for the entire summer. Freedom on one condition: I had to take algebra summer school and achieve an A in the class. I worked my rear end off. I puzzled out each equation in the math […]

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I Signed Up For This

by Anisha Hopkinson on December 11, 2016

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In the early 2000’s when my husband and I talked about serving overseas, we knew we wanted to serve where the name of Jesus had not been heard. Today, we live in a mountain town accessible only by air. My husband, a helicopter pilot, flies local and foreign missionaries into isolated villages. The places we […]

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So You’re Thinking About Serving Overseas?

by Anisha Hopkinson on November 10, 2016

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Thinking about serving overseas? Great! These are exciting times! I wish you and I were having coffee. This is definitely a coffee conversation. Hopes and dreams are meant to be shared face to face, but in the absence of that, this will have to do. You’ve got a lot to think about and if I […]

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How to Encourage Your Overseas Worker

by Anisha Hopkinson on October 13, 2016

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Someone in your life serves overseas and you want to encourage them in a meaningful way, but aren’t quite sure how? It’s actually easier than you might think. Take it from me, when you live overseas, the biggest encouragements often come through small, heartfelt actions. Here are 7 suggestions for how to encourage: 1) “Thanks […]

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Culture Shock: On the Up Curve

by Anisha Hopkinson on September 11, 2016

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Coming up to three years in country and most days are finally ok. It’s been almost a year since I broke out in sobs because I burnt granola, or couldn’t find oats in town, or judged a friend better at everything than I am. Through the free fall from honeymoon into disillusionment and then the […]

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