All in Humorous

It finally happened. After living in Africa for nearly two years I, Rebecca, am sick of the sun. Sitting in the sunshine, I've complied a list of things this Canadian girl misses about that wonderful, incredible, often-dreamt-of, wistfully-thought-of season: winter.

Nine common misconceptions about missionaries

During my years of service with OM, I have come across various opinions and ideas regarding my work, my life, and even my mental state. Some people (mostly non-Christians) don’t hesitate to share their negative feelings towards missions in general. At the same time, there are Christians that put missionaries on a pedestal and declare them to be saints. I believe the truth lies somewhere in between. Here are nine misconceptions I have heard or I shared myself before joining the mission field.

What men can learn from washing clothes by hand

The following information is important for everybody form a first-world country, especially men! Unlike at home, where your mother or your wife does the washing (I apologise, there are many men doing their own laundry around the world, but still…), you have to do it yourself in Guatemala. Now, you may say: That’s no problem, I know how to use a washing machine. Well, so do I, but that does not help at all in Guatemala.

What people say and what they really mean in Guatemala

The meaning of what people in Guatemala say is often not straightforward. Public opinion is that the truth can be bent at least a little. Though the following points do not apply to all Guatemalans (and most certainly not to us in OM), they are actually used by a large enough percentage to take them seriously (which means to not take them too seriously). Here are ten things that people in Guatemala say - and also what they’re actually saying:

Culture shock in Siberia

The woman behind the deli counter stared blankly back at me. She didn’t move or gesture towards any of the food. She just stared. Sobaka, pozhaluista. Sausage meat, please.” I repeated the phrase slowly in my best Russian accent. This time, she giggled a little but still didn’t move or motion towards any of the cold meats sitting in front of her.