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but cannot communicate on a personal level
until we become more fluent in the language.
The days still come when the language is
frustrating and communication fails—days
where one does not utter a word because no
one would understand my native language.
Through those random bad, crazy, or difficult
days, God stays faithful and continually
reminds me of my true purpose and why I am
learning this crazy language that goes from
squiggly lines to sounds then eventually words.
Everyone has bad days, but a single missionary
gets to have her bad days in a foreign country,
seeing God take care of her in His sweet and
loving way. My favorite is when God allows my
reactions to happen in Thai and not English.
Those are the moments God says, “See, you are
getting it, word by word!”
Being away from family is a struggle that
comes in waves and occasionally as a tsunami
on holidays. Thank the Lord for the ability
to FaceTime, email, and communicate with
modern technology! My mother can and has
called me anytime of the day (accidental 1 a.m.
calls are not so great) and I do not have to miss a
nephew’s first birthday party, even though I am
literally on the other side of the planet. On the
flip side, I will not be there for the new babies to
be born or to get a hug from my little nieces and
nephews, but they are getting to see what real
life looks like on the mission field and know
that their aunt is exactly where God wants her.
country. I am able to see Christ’s love from a
totally foreign perspective and experience God
work in my life as I serve in Thailand.
Just like women in churches in America, I teach
classes, sing in the choir, cook food, clean the
church building, encourage the church family,
and do so many other things that come with
being part of a church family. On the mission
field, often there are not many examples of
godly women in everyday life, encouraging
new believers and showing them how to
put what they hear on Sunday into practice
Monday through Saturday. Sometimes, simply
having another person to be a genuine example
can make all the difference in a ministry. It is
so easy for local people to think one is different
because of skin color but having another
example can be the beginning of those same
people seeing that Christ is our common
ground, not skin color or culture.
The heart of a single missionary is simply to
serve and encourage. God uses different tools
to accomplish His work and I know a single
missionary is thankful to be one of His many
tools. Thank you for praying for us and the
ministries we have all over the world. Pray for
our walk with God to be strengthened, our new
language to be understood and spoken, and for
our hearts to be seen by the many people we
are trying to reach. W
There are many things that singles get to do
differently, such as traveling on deputation
without kids (much less stressful), studying
the language more consistently, teaching extra
classes, and meeting a different set of people in
the community. A single woman may not pastor
a church but she can still go into all the world,
proclaiming the truth of Christ. Is not that the
purpose of missions? As a single woman, I
have the opportunity to live out God’s greatest
privilege of serving our Savior in another