"Be assured, there is nothing spiritual whatsoever about trying to ignore one's emotional needs and 'just live by faith' instead. To deny one's needs in a vain attempt to live above them is a sure way to become enslaved to one's needs, to become controlled by them, to be need-driven rather than faith-driven. Having emotional needs is not the antithesis of faith nor is the absence of needs the hallmark of a godly saint." -Graybill
I have been working my way through a paper called the Emotional Needs of Women on the Mission Field. Honestly, this is kind of a big deal for me because I teld to plow through life and ignore my "emotional needs." Since I'm about a month away from departure, Lord willing, it's very important that I acknowledge and address these needs. Studies have said that single women have a very difficult time "thriving" on the field, more so than single men or married individuals. I have no idea what struggles I will face, but I have been warned of being lonely, perfectionism, being a workaholic, burning out, etc. This paper addresses many of these potential issues. It is long, but can be helpful for many types of people.
*Single women missionaries like me
*Married women missionaries
*Friends and spouses working with women
*Pray-ers and supporters who want to know how to relate/pray
"Perhaps the greatest need--and callenge--for singles is that of learning to function as a "solo" on the mission field...a single woman does not carry her support system with her to the mission field. She has left family behind and goes totally alone to establish a new life."