Living in another country and culture that is not your own can be both exciting and overwhelming. There are ups and downs, good times and bad times, victories and defeats. Have you ever lived overseas or in a different culture? Here are a few of the joys and hardships of cross-cultural living.
- Enjoyable and lasting friendships
- Sharing the gospel with millions of people who have never heard of Jesus
- Doing something we whole-heartedly believe in
- Developing a greater understanding for God’s love and heart for the world
- Fresh and cheap food
- Getting to know yourself better
- Learning how to live, thrive, and find joy in the uncomfortable
- Trusting in God’s provision in all areas of life: financially, emotionally and spiritually
- Being challenged to rely more fully on God
- Being homesick and missing friends and family
- Not being fully known or understood by either our passport country or our host country
- Bartering when you’re out and about in the markets
- Learning where to focus your time
- Learning to rely on God for everything including, finances, energy, joy, peace, health, food, rest, etc.
- Driving a vehicle in the elements (rain, wind, beating down heat)
Have you ever lived cross-culturally?
We’d love to hear about your experience.