Missionaries Are Real People: Surviving transitions, navigating relationships, overcoming burnout and depression, and finding joy in God

Missionaries Are Real People: Surviving transitions, navigating relationships, overcoming burnout and depression, and finding joy in God

Are you struggling with real life issues but feel pressure to keep them inside because you are a missionary? Are you a family member or friend of a missionary who desires to better understand your loved one? Are you preparing to move overseas and want a more accurate picture of what to expect?

Missionaries Are Real People takes an honest look at what life is really like on the mission field. Ellen Rosenberger grapples with the real problems, needs, and emotions that missionaries experience. She brings to light the struggles that are not talked about but are very real. She writes openly about depression and burnout, exploring the difficulties of transitions and overcoming conflict. Ellen addresses abuse, struggles with faith, and grief. By talking about these normally overlooked issues, Missionaries Are Real People aims to bring clarity and healing to silent hurts.

Maybe you are a missionary who longs for someone to understand your struggles and name your issues. You think, I can’t let anyone know I am struggling with this, especially because I’m a missionary! Perhaps you feel debilitated by the stereotype that “missionaries are perfect” as you are living in the reality of your own brokenness and imperfection. You might feel as though you cannot express the under-the-surface issues that you are facing on the mission field.

Having grown up on the mission field and having spent most of her adult life there, Ellen knows what it’s like to have struggled to live under the pressure to be perfect. She’s felt the pain of hidden struggles and masked-over issues. And she’s experienced freedom and healing in being vulnerable about her imperfections as a missionary. This book is not about methodology or theory, but about real life stories and experiences. It’s about the multi-faceted dynamics of missionary relationships with all their joys and struggles.

Missionaries Are Real People unveils the unspoken realities of missionary life. Not for the sake of shaming but for the purpose of restoring. The time is now to break down stereotypes, to speak up for what is really going on, and to seek solutions. Let’s not delay another day. There might be a missionary’s life that depends on it.

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About the Author

First-time author, Ellen Rosenberger, has lived most of her life in the Latin American countries of Bolivia and Nicaragua. She grew up as a missionary kid in Santa Cruz, Bolivia from the age of four until she graduated in 2000 from Santa Cruz Christian Learning Center. In 2004, she received a Bachelor of Arts in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. Ellen moved to Managua, Nicaragua in 2005 where she met her husband, Luke. She taught English Language Learning and Pre-School at Nicaragua Christian Academy until 2011, when she became a mom. Ellen has a passion for helping people grow in their personal and spiritual lives. She is a talented musician, who loves leading others in authentic worship of the one true God, who delights in His people. When she’s not feeding, clothing, or reading to one of her children, Ellen loves to write, take naps in the hammock, read, play volleyball, and watch “The Voice.” Ellen is a loving wife to Luke, her husband of 7 ½ years, who teaches Computer and Bible classes at NCA where he developed a youth group program. She is a nurturing mom to three kids under five, David, Emily and Lucy. The Rosenberger family moved from Nicaragua to Colorado in June of 2016, where Luke is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree at Denver Seminary.