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Our family recently took a trip to South Africa to visit our son and daughter-by-love who are serving as missionaries there. With that experience fresh on my mind, I enjoyed this list created by a group of missionary families. I hope it makes you smile, too, as you share the Good News of Jesus wherever you live, work, and play.

You Know Your Parents Are Missionaries When . . .

  • You have a passport but not a driver’s license.
  • You watch travel shows on TV and recognize someone you know.
  • You can speak three languages but can’t write any of them.
  • You’re not always sure what you’re eating and you don’t want to ask.
  • You’re not sure how to answer the question “Where are you from?”
  • You say your prayers in another language.
  • You actually know what the term furlough means.
  • You ration your favorite snack because you know you won’t get it again until Christmas.
  • You have an abnormal appreciation for your postal carrier.
  • You don’t like American chain coffeehouses because you know what real coffee tastes like.
  • You think living in the same house for more than a year is strange.
  • The fruit in your lunchbox came from your backyard.
  • All music and preaching sounds better to you under a tin roof.

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