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For the Joy

By: Miriam Chan & Sophia Russell (Editors)

Format: Soft cover


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.

Stories include:
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
…and more.

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

Press Close

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


Author biographies

Editor biographies


SMBC, PO Box 83
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Sydney Missionary and Bible College is an affiliated college with the Australian College of Theology
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