Life Lessons from Living Abroad

by Vere Reynolds

people in foreign airport

August 2, 2013

Missionaries are flexible…and…if they aren’t by nature, then they’ll soon learn how to master the art. We hear so often about those who’ve adapted, worked through a problem, or figured out a better way to do something that could easily be done in the US. Life is different when serving abroad, creativity is alive, and we love hearing about it.

If you are serving overseas, you’ll appreciate this article by Whitney Cox entitled “10 Important Life Lessons You Learn From Living Abroad,” it has been floating around on social media and emailed between missionaries.

Here’s a lesson we’d add that relates to banking from the field:

“How to use tools of technology for banking”

Bill Pay

If you have funds in a financial institution in the United States (like ECCU), take advantage of this online tool to pay for US bills, send someone a check, or send your child money at college. You don’t even have to pay for postage.

We’ve heard very creative uses for this tool of technology, like sending a birthday gift, or paying your child’s tuition on time. Take advantage of bill pay.


If you want to know when a deposit hits your account, if your balance dips below a certain dollar threshold, or if a payment has been taken out of your account – Use Alerts!! 

For most financial institutions, you only need an internet connection to set it up. After that, you can have the alerts emailed or texted to you. This is useful if internet is expensive, slow or you have to visit the ATM to check your balance.

Take a look at the 10 lessons link above, and let us know what you think. What are some lessons you’ve learned from living abroad or from banking from the field?

Category: Missionary Minded