All tagged culture shock

Dear missions, I wish you had told me…

“Dear Missions,

It’s been a while since we first started on this adventure together….It’s been good and I’m thankful for this opportunity, but there are a few things I wish you had told me before I boarded that first plane. So I’m writing you this letter with the hope that the next person to join you will know some of these things beforehand. And that those already with you will know that they are not alone.”

Packing 'life bags'

"Growing up, my dad used to share an analogy about the bags we pack in life," explained OMer Renette. "He said parents pack ‘life bags’ for their children, filling each bag with traditions, beliefs, perspectives and stories. The child repacks his/her bag as they interact with the world and have new experiences." What's in your life bag? 

Reverse cultural shock

I think sometimes we are afraid of what it could mean to give up everything and follow Christ. We try to explain it by saying “Jesus meant ... when he said that!” and start shaping our lives and Jesus into a version we are more comfortable with. A Jesus who wants us to live a balanced life, nothing too extreme (He would never ask us to leave our closest people behind!), and wants us to be comfortable and have an abundance of everything. 

I could choose to live my life as I once did  enjoying church on Sundays and seeking success based on what other people say: a family, a house, a car and a nice job. Or I could take an honest look at Jesus in the Bible and be willing to face the consequences of what might happen if I really believe and obey Him.

 

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. 

When the excitement fades

OMer Jessie went from arriving in Chile with nothing, to God providing everything, to feeling like she had been stripped of it all all over again. But even when it was difficult to pray Jessie knew that the Holy Spirit would intercede on her behalf. 

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. 

Forward: the only way to go

In a way, I will always be both people. Many different people in many different places. I will never forget that person I used to be, the adventures she had, the blood and sweat and tears and triumphs. But, it does not do to dwell on memories and forget to live.

Be all there

After the glamour and glitz of moving wears off and the hype and excitement of living in a new country dies down, the realization of the magnitude of what just happened hits like a ton of bricks. In order to move forward, you have to acknowledge things are different than they once were. Life is different now, and you have to adjust accordingly. But that's hard.

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.