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Life in Muizenberg – Turning Visitors into Locals
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Don’t Leave Home Without Him
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The Pain of Saying “Goodbye”
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How to Cope with Reverse Culture Shock – Part 2
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Where Are You Home? The Journey to “Become Home”

Life in Muizenberg – Turning Visitors into Locals

Photo Credit: Kenny Hall via instagram @lovemuiz

There are many facets to being a part of Youth With A Mission in Muizenberg, South Africa, a beautiful, southern suburb of Cape Town. As students in our schools or on staff with local ministries here, we may study and minister A Lot of the time. But another important aspect to living and making home is for family and friendships, rest and rejuvenation; so let’s rejoice in Muizenberg as a blessing and displaying God’s beauty in so many ways. Here’s to a little taste of Muizenberg, which Kenny brings so well in this post. You may become a local too. (Check out more breathtaking photos of Muizenberg on instagram @lovemuiz.)

Muizenberg, perhaps more than any other place I’ve been in the world, is known for turning visitors into locals. With its rich history dating back to the 1740’s, the streets and walls of Muizenberg are filled with stories, and they have a way of captivating. There’s also no doubt that Muizenberg attracts a very diverse crowd of people.

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Don’t Leave Home Without Him

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This post was originally published on the Kathy Gooch’s blog at  http://scribeofhisheart.blogspot.com/2014/11/dont-leave-home-without-it.html and is re-posted with permission.

I grew up in Canada watching a television ad for American Express traveler’s cheques whose slogan was “Don’t leave home without it.” I suppose American Express reckoned that not having their traveler’s cheques in your possession when you left home would set you up for challenges – ones that could have been prevented had you left home with them.

At the beginning of 2012, knowing that I would be phasing out of pastoring a church, I asked the Lord what I should focus on next. He made it clear that I was to be proactive in contributing to “eradicating Bible poverty and increasing Bible engagement.” He was basically saying that I could go “further with fewer” by having them “linger a little longer” in His Word.

Thus, I started Bible Studies with groups of young ladies. It was my way of creating an environment in which they could engage with the Word of God. I have been facilitating studies in the Word ever since with both young women and young men. Like the parable of the sower and the seed, I have seen a few who hear, receive the Word, and understand it, producing fruit. I would like to believe that those few have lived by the slogan, “Don’t leave home without it.”

Unfortunately, too many of us followers of Christ leave home without the Word.

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The Pain of Saying “Goodbye”

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When I was younger, I struggled for years with suicidal depression. When I look back, I can see that I was so obsessed with myself and my pain that I was ignoring the precious people in my life. I was quite selfishly happy to part with them and to never see them again just so that I could stop hurting.

That was a long time ago, and I am now faced with a pain of a different sort. One of the first things I learnt, when I became a follower of Jesus, was that I needed to “sell everything I own and go follow Him.” I did it, and I did it with gladness because of the new life that I had found in Him. Later on, I was faced with the challenge of leaving my home, my language, and my nation. I lived in Wales at the time, and God wanted me to go to England; this is only a four hour train journey, and I would always cry half the way there!

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How to Cope with Reverse Culture Shock – Part 2

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In my last article I began to open up about the issue of reverse culture shock (What is Reverse Culture Shock and Why It’s Important to Understand It). In this blog entry I would like to discuss ways that I discovered to help me handle this unpleasant experience.

When I first experienced reverse culture shock, I was not aware of what was going on. I felt depressed, discouraged, and disoriented, but I had no words to use to describe what I was feeling. I somehow came across a book called Re-Entry and found that the information imparted in this book helped me understand what I was experiencing; this knowledge in itself brought some relief. As I read this book, I was reassured that I was not the only one to go through reverse culture shock, and it gave me a vocabulary to use to be able to communicate my experience with others. If you are a missionary, I would highly recommend that you familiarise yourself with the issue of reverse culture shock so that you are prepared for when you go through it yourself or when someone you know is going through it.

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Where Are You Home? The Journey to “Become Home”

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Sometimes as missionaries and expats we do not often express the sense of loss and separation one goes through when following the call of God that moves us across countries, cultures, and/or oceans. So I am thankful for Angharad’s post last week on the “pain of saying goodbye” to home for another country (if you missed it, you can read it here: The Pain of Saying “Goodbye”). I can also understand this on a personal level. And please don’t misunderstand me; as much of this is difficult, much is also a desired, exciting, and joy-filled experience.

But at the same time and maybe after going through stages of grief and journeying through transition to living somewhere else other than my “original home” (cultural, birthplace, family, etc.), I find myself in another place emotionally and maybe spiritually too – a place that surprises me today but in a good and thankful way. A place where I survey where I now live with more fondness, even with a love that continues to deepen. Where I claim the beauty, the diversity, the people, and with contentment my heart says, “Yes.”

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