Author Archives: Joy Neal

Joy NealJoy, Pete and their son Anders are in their first term of service with MAF in Indonesia. Joy's desires are to bless and serve her family, to witness God's Kingdom at work among developing world women, and to conquer her raging fear of all things rodent. To learn more about the Neal family visit

Six Differences Between Short- and Long-Term Ministry Overseas

Joy hanging laundry at her current mission assignment in Indonesia

During my teens I went on several mission trips.  Each prepared me in some way for living overseas, but there are definitely some differences between those short trips and the life I now lead.  For example:

 I don’t travel much.  Traveling is an innate part […]


If you were to listen to the conversations among MAF staff members here at language school in Indonesia, you would think, “Those poor souls are so homesick.”

We don’t think we’re homesick, or at least we don’t call it that. Homesickness is something ten-year-olds contract at summer camp. We did not ask people to partner […]