Missionary Minded

Missions Emotions—When Leaving Home Hurts

Missionaries are natural communicators. It’s just part of the job. And while many circulate stories of bold adventures or miraculous challenges, there is one familiar event shared by most missionaries that is almost never recounted—yet it can carry as much substance as a spiritual awakening. It’s a final garage sale. [read more]

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A Day in the Life of a Missionary

Growing up in California, before they were even drawn to each other, Adam and Anna shared a love for the Pacific Ocean and all things outdoors. While training together for college marathons, they also discovered their shared desire to spread Christ’s love past the borders of that ocean. [read more]

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Your Membership Could Mean Millions to Missionaries

Imagine that tomorrow morning your coffee shop adds a $6 fee onto the cost of your latte. It’s the same java, just more expensive. What if that fee continues every day—and it’s also added to every other purchase you make, even for necessities? Sounds a little ridiculous, doesn’t it? Yet, each day, missionaries face similar or even greater international fees every time they use a credit card, access an ATM, or send a wire transfer outside the states. Without an alternative, a missionary can waste hundreds and even thousands of dollars per year on these fees. [read more]

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What to Know Before Using Credit Cards Abroad

International travel can be tricky. From practicing proper mass-transit etiquette (no eye-contact, please) to converting your cash without losing your shirt, each new destination presents unique challenges for missionaries. [read more]

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Should I cancel my credit cards?

Early in our marriage, my wife and I applied for a flurry of credit cards for a variety of important reasons: building our credit history, earning large discounts, getting a free hat. But after the cards had served their original purpose, we paid them off and eventually found ourselves with a desk drawer full of cards that were rarely, if ever used. We wanted to be responsible, but we weren’t sure what to do. [read more]

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How to Avoid Surprises at Tax Time

Are you one of those people for whom tax time is nervous time, kind of like going to the dentist? You aren’t sure whether something unpleasant, like a cavity, is going to turn up? One way to reduce this anxiety is to know what the IRS requires of US citizens living and working abroad. [read more]

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