I am often asked about by very well-intentioned people how they can help MAF missionaries who are returning from the field. Coming home is one of the hardest things a missionary faces. Yet this may be the single most misunderstood stage in a missionary’s journey.
People typically think the initial departure—leaving friends, family, and all […]
Recently I said goodbye to six friends who came for a week-long visit—two of them being some of my closest and most cherished friends. To say it was bittersweet is putting it mildly.
HOME. It is a word filled with deep emotion, smells, sounds, and fraught with meaning. Lately I have come to […]
Tim, Liz, Jacob, and Benjamin Schandorff serving with MAF in Haiti.
I adore the holiday season in the United States. In October, I love drinking hot cider and taking the kids trick-or-treating. In November, I look forward to eating my sister’s sausage and cornbread dressing and my mother-in-law’s pie on Thanksgiving Day. In December, […]
I think everyone would agree that certain sacrifices come with being a missionary. The salary isn’t great, friends and family are often thousands of miles away, and the nearest Starbucks requires at least two flights and several hundred dollars to reach. Ask any missionary and we could go on for hours about how hard our […]
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 […]
Last week I transported a missionary. That’s what MAF’s all about, right? Only I’m not a pilot, and I wasn’t flying a plane. I was just being who I am, an MAF wife, driving home from my part-time teaching gig at my kids’ school, when I saw a spry elderly lady hauling two bulging shopping […]