Missionary Minded

Now You Get to Ask the Experts

I once helped plan a series of seminars that gave people access to experts—like doctors and estate planners and vocational coaches—who provided information to help them... [read more]

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Where in the World Can You Find an ECCU Missionary Member?

When you live and work outside the U.S., your banking needs tend to differ from the average consumer. Most people in the states don’t have to worry about exchange rates or international wires. You do. A lot of missionaries bank with ECCU because we recognize their banking needs and work hard to meet them. As their number has grown... [read more]

Category: Missionary Minded

Life Lessons from Living Abroad

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... [read more]

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MKs and Money

Most of us missionary kids (MKs) learned how to see the world though our parents’ eyes. We learned about cross-cultural sensitivities and God’s love for all creeds and colors. Sometimes it was taught but most times simply observed. For example, I learned in Latin cultures to always talk about family and health before ever talking about business. It wasn’t until I was older that I realized why we always asked a business person about their family first. We gained each other’s trust that way. This is similar to kids and money. Just like my parents intentionally taught me about missions and cross cultural ministry, I can intentionally teach my kids... [read more]

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Money Mistakes

Writing this travel blog with money-saving tips makes me conscious of whether I’m practicing what I preach. Kind of like preaching to the choir when the choir is me! Well, I’m giving it my best but sometimes we’re all supposed to learn from our failures—right? So here is my primer on dumb ways to... [read more]

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ATM Withdrawal Limits

As missionaries we sometimes need to pay cash for items that we could easily buy with our credit/debit card or check in the US. So, it’s not uncommon for us to withdraw large amounts of cash using an ATM to pay for capital items. At times we’ve had difficulties taking out as much cash as we need, so we’ve planned our ATM withdrawals with that in mind. The reality is that there are limits involved with ATM cash withdrawals, but with some knowledge, trial and error, there are still ways to get the cash you need. One limit is the daily limit on withdrawals allowed by your bank. For example, ECCU’s standard daily (24hr) ATM limit for withdrawals is $1010 USD, or the available balance (whichever’s lower), and for POS (point of sale)... [read more]

Category: Missionary Minded