21 Australian Missionary Mother Stories on Cross-Cultural Parenting and Life
From the desert to the mountains, from remote far-flung places to some of the most populated cities in the world, For The Joy brings together 21 unique perspectives on what it’s really like being a mother on the mission field.
Home schooling while living on a bus
Giving birth in a foreign hospital
Navigating the toddler years as a ‘third culture mum’
Raising a child with special needs
Recovering from anxiety on the field
The grief of losing your family to persecution
Honestly written, raw in emotion, sad and joyful in equal measure, this collection of stories offers insight in to the complexities of parenting children while serving God far from home.
“Whenever I visit Bible Colleges where missionaries train, women want to know what it is like to be a mother on the mission field … this is a set of stories that need to be told.” – Evelyn Hibbert, Author of 'Leading Multicultural Teams'
“I found myself enormously challenged while reading this collection of missionary mums’ stories. I am grateful for the opportunity, through this book , to engage with my heavenly Father about my commitment to His mission to take the good news of Jesus to a lost world…no matter the risk, the hardship, the suffering, the tears. I am also thankful that I now have a much greater understanding of what the missionary mums that I regularly partner with in prayer are experiencing on the field.” – Lesley Ramsey, Editor of 'What Women Really Need'
“For the Joy is a powerful compilation of honest hearts. Be prepared to cry some, to be comforted, affirmed in your calling and challenged to continue on in the Great Commission living. I highly commend it to you.” – Robynn Bliss, Author of 'Expectations and Burnout: Women surviving the Great Commission'
Table of Contents:
Adventures in Arnhem Land
Missional Living as a Mum
Covered by Love
My Journey through Anxiety
Cracked Jars of Clay
The Most Ordinary Job in the World
Third Culture Mum
Confessions from an Imperfect Missionary Mum
No place like Home
Lost and Found
The Llama Ate My Homework
Giving Birth on the Mission Field
France Beyond the Postcards
Living with Racism
When a Seed Falls
Rabuna Saidu Tanina: God Help Us
Living in a Sensory Jungle
Raising Hunters in the Bush
The Boarding Life