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About texpatfaith

I'm a returned Christian expat living in Texas after several years residing in the Middle East and the South Pacific. I have the great privilege of writing about my experiences through the eyes of my faith, and to know and love my brothers and sisters serving in Christ's name all over the world. I have a special heart for the missionary community whom I now serve through the Missionary Care Team at my church. I am a writer, researcher, teacher, and archaeology enthusiast who also loves peering into the heavens any chance I get - but most importantly I am a wife, mother and grandmother who loves the Lord. "The fact that I am a woman does not make me a different kind of Christian, but the fact that I am a Christian makes me a different kind of woman." Elisabeth Elliott Shirley Ralston (MA Christian Education, Dallas Theological Seminary)

More Than Money: How Local Churches Care for Global Workers

Have you ever given toward your church’s mission offering and wondered about who your dollars were supporting? Have you ever wondered how they’re doing—their ministry, personal life and spiritual well-being—but didn’t know how to find out? Are you aware that … Continue reading

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Healthy At Home: More Resources for Healthy Minds, Bodies, Souls, and Practical Needs

Over the last couple of weeks, we have talked about holistically caring for returning sent ones—caring for their minds through debriefing and counseling, caring for their bodies, caring for their souls, and providing for their physical needs. Below is a … Continue reading

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Healthy at Home: Helping Hands

One of the returned global workers I’ve come to know served in the Middle East. She lived and worked in a modern Emirate governed by Sharia Law. Still, the Emirate had a thriving Christian community and it was filled with … Continue reading

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Healthy at Home: Healthy Souls

“I’ve been adjusting well, though I also feel kind of lonely in ministry here. I don’t know how to explain it. I’m on a team in my host country, but it’s just me when I’m back home. I miss the … Continue reading

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Healthy at Home: Healthy Bodies

Taking Care of the Temple “The very first issue of reentry is the effect of travel on the physical nature of your missionary friend. But jet lag is just the beginning. Change of climate, change of elevation, change of season, … Continue reading

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Healthy at Home: Healthy Minds Part 2—Professional Christian Counseling

Going Deeper –Professional Christian Counseling “Ma’am,” my driver said, “I can’t go forward and I can’t turn around, we’ll just have to wait for the danger to pass.” Heavy traffic had come to a standstill in both directions as gunfire … Continue reading

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Healthy at Home: Healthy Minds Part 1—Debriefing

“Personal debriefing allows time for sharing the paradoxes of the field experience. To be seen, heard, and understood in a safe space is invaluable to a global worker’s health. This vital process allows them to learn, grow, and look forward … Continue reading

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Healthy at Home

My first article in a series on how local churches can care for global workers – http://www.upstreamcollective.org https://www.theupstreamcollective.org/post/healthy-at-home-providing-holistic-care-for-returned-global-workers Healthy at Home: Five Ways to Provide Holistic Care for Returned Global Workers “If you haven’t experienced exile, if you haven’t at … Continue reading

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Caring for Missionaries through Connection: The Three C’s

A perfect illustration of “out of sight, out of mind” is that of the missionary serving overseas. We have heard this refrain many times in our conversations with missionaries in our church’s care ministry. The Cambridge Dictionary describes it this … Continue reading

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A Hero’s Journey

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God,  who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5 “The beautiful thing about this  adventure  called faith is that we can count … Continue reading

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