All tagged cross-cultural missions

The moments that make it all worth it 

"If you are starting out on the language and culture learning journey or if you have been at it a while and are feeling tired and despondent, I encourage you to persevere. To stick with it and pray for strength to continue. Keep asking questions and keep learning about the culture," urges Beth.

'Exactly where God wants me to be'

“There are times when I have deeply missed my family and friends, now literally a world away, times when I feel inadequate, times when it just seems all a little too much,” says Chris. “But I know that this is part of how God is writing my own story, leading me ever closer to his heart.”

Celebrate the Light

“Christmas is about Jesus and celebrating His birth, and I’m realising each year that it doesn’t really matter if we’re eating roast chicken or horse meat or whether we’re with special family or up on stage singing. It’s a joy to celebrate the Light coming into the world,” shares OMer Beth.

No more goodbyes

"How do we allow our kids to process, to grieve well, when we're so busy trying to deal with our own grief and pain and stress of transition? How do I model healthy grieving for my kids when it takes all my effort not to collapse in a puddle on the airport floor when I'm saying goodbye?" wondered OMer Beth. 

Raising African kids in a Central Asian country

"Each day is a challenge for me and my African kids as they grow up in Central Asia," shared OMer Beth. "Some days we hide them behind us and other days we make the decision to encourage our kids to have that photo taken. Each day is an opportunity for me and my family to trust God more and to depend on His love and care for us."

Running side by side

How do you define friendship? After praying for two months for a local friend OMer Michelle realized that she already had the friend she was looking for – the friendship just looked different than she was used to. 

Heart of worship

"Maybe I needed to be set apart that first evening, though, so that I could perceive my prejudices and learn to tune my heart, again, to worship the God who is bigger—much bigger—than my comfort zone."

OMer Nicole shares what she learnt about worship, and herself, during a church youth event in North Africa. 

5 tips for a better transition

Reverse Culture Shock. Re-Entry. Transition. All terms for an elusive feeling that is difficult to define and even more difficult to explain. It's not easy. It's not simple. And it's definitely a process. So if you're in the midst of tough transition right now, here are a few tips for riding out the storm.