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For the Joy

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1 Adventures in Arnhem Land

2 Press Close

3 Missional Living as a Mum

4 Covered by Love

5 My Journey through Anxiety

6 Cracked Jars of Clay

7 The Most Ordinary Job in the World

8 Third Culture Mum

9 Confessions from an Imperfect Missionary Mum

10 No Place Like Home

11 Lost and Found

12 The Llama Ate My Homework

13 France Beyond the Postcards

14 Living with Racism

15 When a Seed Falls

16 Rabuna Saidu Tanina: God Help Us

17 Living in a Sensory Jungle

18 Giving Birth on the Mission Field

19 Raising Hunters in the Bush

20 The Boarding Life

21 Re-entry

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For the Joy
21 Missionary Mother Stories of Real Life & Faith
Miriam Chan and Sophia Russell, editors

Every child is different, but mothers are very much the same around the world—the same worries and fears, guilt and joys. Dive in to For the Joy and laugh and cry with 21 Australian missionary mothers as they share stories of raising kids in both remote far-flung places and some of the most populated cities in the world. These inspiring stories will resonate in the heart of the reader as fear, faith, and figuring it out come together in page-turning reality. Stories include: 

  • home-schooling while living in a bus 
  • navigating the toddler years as a “third culture mum” 
  • raising a child with special needs 
  • recovering from anxiety on the field 
  • giving birth in a foreign hospital 
  • the grief of losing your family to persecution ... and more! 

Honestly written, raw in emotion, sad and joyful in equal measure, this collection of stories offers insight into the complexities of parenting children while serving God no matter where you call home.


  • I found myself enormously challenged while reading this collection of missionary mums’ stories. I am grateful for the opportunity, through this book, to engage with my heavenly Father about my commitment to His mission to take the good news of Jesus to a lost world…. no matter the risk, the hardship, the suffering, the tears. I am also thankful that I now have a much greater understanding of what the missionary mums that I regularly partner with in prayer are experiencing on the field.
    Lesley Ramsey 
  • Whenever I visit Bible colleges where missionaries train, women want to know what it is like to be a mother on the mission field … this is a set of stories that need to be told.
    Evelyn HibbertLeading Multicultural Teams
  • For the Joy is a powerful compilation of honest hearts. Be prepared to cry some, to be comforted, affirmed in your calling and challenged to continue on in Great Commission living. I highly commend it to you.
    Robynn BlissExpectations and Burnout: Women Surviving the Great Commission

Additional Details

  • Pages: 192
  • Publisher: William Carey Publishing
  • Binding: paperback
  • Publish Year: 2019
  • ISBN: 9781645082200
  • Vendor: William Carey Publishing