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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.”

Depression and the missionary life

Depression and its closely-related cousin, anxiety, are complex and controversial topics in church circles even without the complication of international missions work. Yet it's a conversation we need to have, because our people are suffering, usually in silence.