It has rightly been observed that the only thing that doesn’t change in the life of a mission worker is the presence of change! Our lives are constantly changing as we transition between different countries, cultures, roles, relationships, agencies, cities, ages, homes, family settings and churches. Yet for all the frequency of change, most of us do not deal with it well.
Change destabilises us emotionally. It removes the certainties that we rely on to maintain emotional equilibrium. We don’t know where to shop. We don’t understand the language. We’re not sure if people are staring at us simply because we look different, or because we’ve done something terribly wrong. Sometimes we recognise and prepare for the big things that change, but often it’s the little ones that trip us up. We can cope with eating different food three times a day but really miss our favourite brand of coffee.