Anisha Hopkinson

Love Thy Neighbour (unless they’re obnoxious)

by Anisha Hopkinson on June 12, 2020

You know the good neighbour story Jesus tells about the guy robbed, beaten and left half dead on the side of the road? All these religious types walk on by and he’s eventually helped by an unlikely traveler. Me? Oh you bet I’d stop. It’s like those YouTube videos that pop up in my newsfeed […]


The upside down-ness of socially distant life

by Anisha Hopkinson on May 13, 2020

As these last days and weeks have dragged on into months of isolation and distancing, I can’t shake the upside down feeling. Not much is as it should be. My family is out of place and out of sorts. Just this week with slight loosening lock down measures I took my children with me to […]



by Anisha Hopkinson on April 13, 2020

We had a rough year. From running our base on our own to riots in town, we were happy to close the door on 2019. 2020 would be a good year. We had a furlough coming! I couldn’t wait to relax, let down my cultural guard, connect with friends and family, and forgo cooking from […]


Reasons to fall in love with serving overseas

by Anisha Hopkinson on February 11, 2020

Last month, I wrote about some of the harder parts of serving overseas. If that post was a downer, this one is all about highs. I’ve fallen in love with serving overseas. Here are some of the reasons why… You get to live a life most others either can’t or won’t. A couple years ago, […]


The Harsh Flip Side of Serving Overseas

by Anisha Hopkinson on January 12, 2020

Those of us who live and serve overseas have a lot to be excited about. We experience many unforgettable, life shaping moments. It’s just that these great moments come with a pretty harsh flip side. If you’re considering moving overseas and are caught up in the excitement, or perhaps already are overseas and feeling a […]


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All the days ordained for me

by Anisha Hopkinson on November 12, 2019

How such an awful day can start with so much promise, I’m really not sure. The sky shown high and a glorious sapphire blue, and the air so calm and clear it seemed to magnify the beauty of the mountain ridges behind our house. I left home the morning of September 23rd feeling thankful and […]


5+ Questions to Ask a Visiting Missionary at Dinner

by Anisha Hopkinson on September 10, 2019

Ok, so you’re inviting a visiting missionary over for dinner. For sure you’ll ask them about their ministry and all they are experiencing God doing in the hearts and lives of the people they serve. This is good and important, but it doesn’t have to be the only thing you talk about. In my experience, […]


If I could tell you three things…

by Anisha Hopkinson on August 13, 2019

Hey there Christian. If I could share three things with you, here’s what they would be: Time is so much shorter than you think. You are so much richer than you think. You don’t have to find your calling. Let me explain… Time is so much shorter than you think. Truly, it is. We’ve got […]


Newsletter Code Words

by Anisha Hopkinson on July 11, 2019

Before moving overseas, I read newsletters of cross cultural workers and thought something along the lines of, Well, that’s interesting. Now that I live overseas, I realize newsletters are filled with code words. Or rather, ordinary words that take on a bit of ‘extra’ when used in the context of living overseas. For example: It’s […]


Even Jesus had a boat.

by Anisha Hopkinson on June 11, 2019

“Ok, this is what life is like there. You can’t change all the stuff happening around you. So what can you change to help you continue living there?” asked my counselor friend. I just finished unloading a story about breaking up a racially motivated street fight and chasing my knife wielding friend down the street […]


I’ll be your friend if you let me.

by Anisha Hopkinson on May 12, 2019

We were the same age and seemed to have a lot in common. I remember thinking, “She’ll be my friend.” I was wrong. Moving  to our new location overseas I believed making expat friends would be as easy as making friends has always been for me. Smile, engage in conversation, look for common ground, and […]