Expectations and Mothering on the Mission Field

Thoughts around Mother’s Day Over the last few years I have been praying that God would break my heart with the things that break His heart. Out of this prayer has come a burden for missionary women and Japanese pastors’ wives. In Japan, the stresses of culture and ministry can be extreme. We estimate that a large percentage (perhaps 80 %) of women missionaries and pastor’s wives, struggle with exhaustion, discouragement, and/or

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A Fresh Coat of Stain

Thoughts Along the Way© “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35 Several years ago a missionary colleague was given by her children a wrought iron and wood bench on which to sit and enjoy her garden. Ministry needs and opportunities have moved them out …

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Sit Still

Thoughts Along the Way© “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 Have you ever told a child to “Sit still”? I certainly did a lot when my kids were young. They could fidget and wiggle with the best and seemed to do much of their practicing when they were in church. Having repeatedly told my children to sit …

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