Missionary Health

Helping Your Child with Re-entry

After 12 plus years in the mission field, it was time for us to go back — back to a place my husband and I called “home,” but for our two children who were ages two and four when we went to the mission field and were now turning 15 and 17, the place we …

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I Am An Island: Can missionary women risk their hearts?

They love to take short-term trips over here…” a former co-worker and neighbor explained. He had moved from Indonesia to Singapore and was visiting after changing locations. Talking about Christians in his new host country, he continued,”…but when they’ve had enough, they retreat back home.” I tucked that comment in my back pocket and continued …

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Three Steps Missionaries Can Use to Cope With Challenges

In this video, Dr. Ann Hamel shares three steps to help us cope with the challenges we face in life. Missionary life can be a wonderful source of blessings—both for the missionary and those they serve. But a mission can also be an unexpectedly difficult experience. We live in a world were difficult things happen. …

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7 Effective Ways to Deal With Culture Shock

Would you try running an iOS app on an Android smartphone? This illustrates what people experience who have been enculturated (“programmed”) in one cultural setting (our “operating system”) and find themselves uncomfortable and disoriented in another cultural environment. I want to talk to you about culture shock – a psychological upset that stems from unfamiliar …

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What Keeps a Missionary Going in a Time of Crisis?

In the media today, we observe a wide spectrum of human responses to the current global pandemic. People’s reactions range from humor, as they create or share funny memes, to expressions of loneliness, frustration, and fear. We — the members of a cross-cultural missions community — may experience a certain range of feelings as well.  …

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