Parents of Missionaries: How to Thrive and Stay Connected When Your Children and Grandchildren Serve CrossCulturally by Cheryl Savageau, EdD Cheryl, Diane Stortz
As a parent of a missionary you may feel that missing your child and your grandchildren signals a lack of faith. Please realize your conflicting emotions have real causes that can and should be talked about. It is possible to stay connected with your missionary and your grandchildren in meaningful ways and you can sustain and build those relationships despite the miles that separate. Not only can you survive as a POM you can thrive!
Whether you're the parent of a missionary recruit or a parent of an experienced missionary, you'll benefit from the authors' research and personal experience as they present a comprehensive plan for understanding missionary life, navigating the holidays, grandparenting long-distance and saying good-bye well. Parents of Missionaries equips you with the understanding, attitudes and skills you need to forge a vibrant new identity as a POM. Combining a counselor's professional insight and a parent's personal journey, plus ideas and stories from dozens of missionaries and POMs, Parents of Missionaries is a valuable tool for missions mobilizers and educators as well as parents. The authors contend that proclaiming the gospel and making disciples was not meant to eclipse the loving family bonds God ordained.
The POM experience amounts to a journey through change, pain and adjustment. Wherever you are on that journey, Parents of Missionaries will encourage you and help you thrive and stay connected with your children and grandchildren serving cross-culturally.
Cheryl Savageau , Ed.D., is a professional clinical counselor with twenty-two years of experience acquired in private practice, public agency and church settings. Until her recent move to South Carolina, Cheryl directed the Counseling Ministries at LifeSpring Christian Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. She served as a visiting professor at Manila Bible Seminary and
Baguio College of Ministry in the Philippines and Lakeview Bible College in Chennai, India. Mother of two adult children and one new grandbaby, Cheryl now resides with her husband Charles in Greenville, SC.
Diane Stortz was a POM for almost six years. During that time she co-founded, along with Cheryl Savageau, the National Network of Parents of Missionaries (www.pomnet.org) and a support group for POMs in the greater Cincinnati area. She is an author and now owns Izzy's Office, where she writes and provides editorial services to publishers. Diane, mother of two and grandmother of one, lives with her husband Ed, and a rabbit named Pepe.