For the Joy: 21 Australian Missionary Mother Stories on Cross-Cultural Parenting and Life

Author(s): Miriam Chan & Sophia Russell


From the desert to the mountains, from remote far-flung places to some of the most populated cities in the world, For the Joy brings together 21 unique perspectives on what it’s really like being a mother on the mission field.

Stories include:

  • home-schooling while living in a bus

  • giving birth in a foreign hospital

  • navigating the toddler years as a ‘third culture mum’

  • raising a child with special needs recovering from anxiety on the field

  • the grief of losing your family to persecution

Honestly written, raw in emotion, sad and joyful in equal measure, this collection of stories offers insight into the complexities of parenting children while serving God far from home.


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“ I found myself enormously challenged while reading this collection of missionary mums’ stories. I am grateful for the opportunity, through this book, to engage with my heavenly Father about my commitment to His mission to take the good news of Jesus to a lost world.... no matter the risk, the hardship, the suffering, the tears. I am also thankful that I now have a much greater understanding of what the missionary mums that I regularly partner with in prayer are experiencing on the field.” – Lesley Ramsey, Editor of What Women Really Need

“Whenever I visit Bible colleges where missionaries train, women want to know what it is like to be a mother on the mission field ... this is a set of stories that need to be told.” – Evelyn Hibbert, Leading Multicultural Teams

“For the Joy is a powerful compilation of honest hearts. Be prepared to cry some, to be comforted, affirmed in your calling and challenged to continue on in Great Commission living. I highly commend it to you.” – Robynn Bliss, Expectations and Burnout: Women Surviving the Great Commission

General Fields

  • : 9780648163718
  • : Grace Abounding Books
  • : Grace Abounding Books
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Miriam Chan & Sophia Russell
  • : Paperback