What happens when you move half way around the world in answer to God's calling, only to stay at home? Missionary mothers speak about the difficulties of balancing motherhood, ministry and a sense of self with the expectations of the missionary role.
The wai (traditional Thai greeting) fits - it's how every preschool teacher in Thailand greets their students at the beginning of the day - but the hug afterward...not so much. Then again, Good Kids Preschool is no ordinary Thai preschool. Find out how New Zealander Mary Raikes is helping this locally grown community project give underprivileged Thai kids Jesus' love and a chance at a great future.
SIM Stories invites you to journey with us through our Lent Series, featuring stories from Chetna, a community health and development ministry. We hope these stories of advocacy, empowerment, community ties and justice are a reminder of what it means to serve, come alongside, and sacrifice for the sake of others.
“They were growing spiritually but something was missing – they didn’t have a way to put food on the table for their families,” Ghie says. “Just giving them food was not sustainable. I wanted them to have their dignity, and to have holistic discipleship."
The Yee students on campus are different – many of them have arrived in the city from their homelands, never having left their families before. Most students from the majority people group avoid the Yee people, believing that the mostly-Muslim Yee minority people are dangerous or to be feared. Elaine and Tim saw something else: students who needed God's love.
In the 1970s Johanan used to love watching people in remote Indian villages react to the story of Jesus -projected onto the side of a building in a vivid Indian style they could recognise. So he set out on a quest to find the films that had brought him and so many others face to face with an Indian Jesus.
It seemed as if Hishgee's father had run out of options. But, strange and unknown as Christianity and the Jesus it centered around was, perhaps it would help him recover from his alcoholism. His journey towards recovery and healing would bring reconciliation to his family, and transformation in Hishgee's own life.
Two years ago Jonathan and Genine Thomas moved from South Africa to Thailand to begin the long process of planting a church. As they slowly adjust to their new home they have had to figure out how to make the gospel feel at home, too in this overwhelmingly Buddhist part of the world.
Beatriz and Marcos began training to translate the Bible when they were teenagers. Now they are preparing to begin a literal life's work - to bring the Bible to the Cheuasai of Central Asia, a people with barely any access to the Christian gospel. Language skills are only the beginning.
How do you go on when most of your family has been wiped out? Nancy Writebol, herself a survivor of the deadly Ebola virus, is trying to help those who lived through one of the worst disease outbreaks in recent history answer this gut-wrenching question.
Staying at home with her children and spending her days doing housework was not what Carol had envisioned for her life overseas but it would be the only way to build relationships with the women in the community she and her family had moved half-way around the world to reach.
For women who have been trafficked and abused, who are overcoming addiction, or struggling under the weight of poverty – or all of the above, there is place for rest, healing, and care. Beauty for Ashes is a home in India for women to reimagine and rebuild their lives with dignity and love. It is a place they call home.