Singleness

A Dirty Little Secret of Singles on the Field

by Amy Young on October 17, 2018

I have just returned from spending a week in Germany with a group of missionaries. While with them I lead several workshops, one of which was “Being Single in Missions.” Since I’m still jet-lagging and processing conversations we had, today I will share a post from a couple of years ago about singles and online […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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Normally a Part 2 comes just a few days after a Part 1. So, if you have forgotten about Part 1, no problem. In brief, last month I shared a letter Janice wrote to me in which she is getting married and her roommate isn’t. “My roommate really desires to be married. She is mid-30s, and has […]

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I received an email from a young woman who had read Looming Transitions. Janice is a Canadian serving in Laos, but soon to leave as she is moving to France to marry her French fiancé. She wrote so beautifully about the tension singles can feel around marriage. I received permission to share this excerpt. Dear Amy, “In this […]

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To the single on the field at Christmas

by Amy Young on December 14, 2016

  Dear friend, I want this to be a letter instead of a normal blog post because, to me, a letter feels more personal. I also started off “Dear Friend” not “Dear Single Friend” because I do not think “single” is the most interesting or defining part of you. That being said, Christmas was the […]

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Dear Single Missionary

by Editor on February 4, 2016

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I once was an “expert” single person. After five years in China, I knew how to travel across the world with 100 pounds of luggage, stay in hostels alone, barricade myself on bunk beds at night on 27 hour train rides, and cook for one. Sometimes it was fun, but often it was lonely. At 32, […]

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A Dirty Little Secret of Singles on the Field

by Amy Young on July 26, 2015

I’m not a fan of dirty little secrets. Dirty little secrets are laced with shame and create hiding and distance. I am a fan of having confidants and knowing how to hold a confidence. Oh the joy of being known and feeling safe enough to trust someone with a piece of yourself! I first became […]

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A Life Alone

by Editor on September 23, 2014

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After writing the post on single missionaries about a month ago a number of people who are working overseas and are single contacted A Life Overseas. And it was so good. Because we realized we had been neglecting this critical part of our community. Today our guest poster Geren St. Claire talks about what he has […]

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