Preparing & 1st Year

Life in 4 Suitcases, 22 Kilos Each

by Anisha Hopkinson on March 14, 2018

Last night I dreamt our visa paperwork came through and when I woke in the morning packing panic woke too. Imagine with me: You have to figure out how to fit your family’s current and 1.5years of future life into 4 suitcases, 22kilos each. Why don’t we just buy what we need when we get […]


4 Misconceptions About the Missionary Call

by Editor on March 12, 2018

by Dave Hare My family and I are currently on our home ministry assignment, and we’ve been talking to people about what it’s like to be a missionary. We’ve found that there is a very common perception that certain people are “called” to be missionaries in a unique way. While I certainly have met a […]


Don’t Forget the Things You Know Are True

by Rachel Pieh Jones on February 21, 2018

(This is going out to all the new expatriates in my life, you know who you are, and all who are newly arrived in your host countries.) All the training, preparing, packing, and planning has left you utterly exhausted, unprepared for reality, insufficiently packed, and carrying plans that will be chucked out the window upon […]


Is your passion for the glory of Jesus Christ stronger than anything else?  Do you believe in the depths of your soul that he is the greatest treasure of the universe, and that heaven and hell are real? You may envision the glory of adventure, you might be full of noble good works, and maybe […]


Am I supposed to love people I don’t even know?

by Kathleen Shumate on November 22, 2017

As we prepared to go overseas as missionaries, people often asked us: “Why Taiwan?” It was a good question. Out of the whole wide world, how did we choose to serve in Taiwan? These people may not have realized it when they asked, but as Christians—both missionaries and senders—we’ve built up a set of expectations […]


Should Debt Disqualify a Missionary?

by Jerry Jones on October 20, 2017

I don’t usually start a blog post with an “I’m sorry” . . . but I’m not above it. I offer my sincere and heartfelt apologies to anyone who clicked on this link looking for a solid, definitive answer. I don’t have one . . . but maybe you do so I would love to […]


The Ineligible Bachelor Overseas

by Editor on September 1, 2017

By Dave Parker I began what I thought would be a long career as a single male missionary in 2002. My years of education and preparation got me through many challenges, but when I arrived, I was not ready for the impact of cultural gender roles. I soon learned I was an enigma in the […]


Dear New Missionary

by Amy Medina on August 1, 2017

Dear New Missionary, I spent last week with about 40 of you, helping with your training. I saw the fire in your eyes and the urgency in your prayers but heard the waver in your voice.  I saw myself in you, 16 years ago, when it was I who sat in your chair with the […]


By Elizabeth Spencer The first time I spent 2 months in Ethiopia by myself, I returned to America and announced to my parents that I wouldn’t go overseas for an extended period of time until I was married because it was just too isolating. That was almost 10 years ago, when I was in college. […]


Fight For Your Family

by Rachel Pieh Jones on July 19, 2017

Humanitarian, governmental, and religious organizations sending people abroad don’t always have the best interest of their internationally-located staff in mind. They think they do. They hope they do. Even (I think) many of them try to. But they are organizations, based back in the United States. They are staffed by people who have no idea […]

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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. […]


I can still remember the random thoughts that shot through my head during my first couple of weeks as an adult long-term missionary.  Wait, what?  There’s nothing planned for us today?  So what are we supposed to do?  Hey, when is someone going to take us souvenir shopping?  I was really looking forward to that!  […]