The photo illustrates the way I normally am. I’m usually the glass half full personality type it might even be close to being full! So it is safe to say I am not a person who is given to having meltdowns. Normally I can take what’s thrown at me even if it’s a lot. Now for the confession 2 weeks ago I had a meltdown, not a mild meltdown, ‘a meltdown’ meltdown. Having just completed a conference which consisted of a lot of work, very little sleep and very little I could eat (food allergies are not fun when you are at a conference!) I returned home with Roy ready to collapse into a heap and find that elusive rest.

I actually crawled into bed even though it was in the afternoon thinking just a little sleep would help. At that moment when I was finally nodding off the phone rang and it was that phone call that tipped the scales. Our tenant in Northern Ireland was moving. I hear you saying well that isn’t too bad and in the clear light of day it isn’t.

Sometimes meltdowns come when you least expect them. They can come after a ‘high’ in ministry. I just read an article which was entitled “10 real reasons why pastors quit too soon”. I read the article and thought to myself… yes, I can relate to that and perhaps there are other missionaries out there who can relate too.

The reality is that missionaries have meltdowns too. They have those moments when they are discouraged about what they are doing and question the validity of remaining on the field. So while I have previously blogged about expat marriage I thought it was time to write something from a real missionary to real missionaries.  So welcome to my new blog “The Honest Missionary”.

Transparency isn’t something that comes terribly easily, after all, we are on the mission field, we are supposed to have it all together aren’t we? So I will attempt to strip away the pride and write an honest blog. I would love to hear from you and your experiences too!

Lainey Hitchman

Bringing Worlds Together Book

Many couples struggle to get on the same page in marriage. Whether you are newlyweds or have been married for years Bringing Worlds Together will help you blend together. Expect to learn more about your spouse, gain insight and be challenged.

Are you ready to move closer rather than drift apart?

Available in print and ebook formats.

Adjusting Expectations Book

No-one enters marriage expectation free. Adjusting Expectations helps identify how expectations were formed and whether or not they were realistic. Most expectations need some adjustment; they are often too high but can also be set too low. The good news is expectations can be reset!

Find out what you should expect and what God expects from you.

Available in print and ebook formats.

Improving Communication Book

Most couples would willingly admit that their communication could do with some improvement; although many people also point the finger of blame squarely at their spouse for communication failures. Whether you believe it’s your fault, their fault or that you’re both to blame, this book is for you! There is always room for improvement.

Available in print and ebook formats.

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