Thankful, Grateful, Blessed: What I am Most Thankful For as a Foreign Missionary

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 After 12 years of being a Missionary I can say that I appreciate Thanksgiving more, now since living outside of the United States, than I did when I lived in the States. I'm not doubting the thankfulness of everyone living in the States but there is so much we take for granted. Some of the things I have taken for granted are now on my list of most thankful things.

North American Brands
 I'm thankful that you can find some North American food brands.  If I want to make a cheesecake I can find Philadelphia Cream Cheese.  Finding familiar food items is such a blessing. Yes, I love baleadas and all the other Honduran food but sometimes you want something familiar. Or when you want to make something and you can find all the ingredients...truly something to be thankful about.
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  I didn't start being thankful for this until we moved to a place where they constantly were rationing the electricity.  I lived in El Salvador and never experienced light rationing.  The moment we moved to Honduras it all changed. On top of that it is very hot here so trying to sleep at night, in the heat, with no fan is pretty difficult. Believe me it was no fun and difficult but it made me so thankful for the electricity. They still ration it but not as frequently, as before, thank God.

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Central America is a massive producer of coffee. You can find great coffee at a really great price.  Coffee shops are considerably much cheaper so that is also a plus.

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 Bilingual Kids
I'm so thankful that without much effort my children are 100% bilingual. I'm from the States and my husband is from El Salvador. He speaks to them in Spanish and I speak to them in English and it has worked great. We haven't really had much confusion other than placement of the adjectives  (water cold instead of cold water). 

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 My Husband's Life
Five years ago in September my husband was attacked by four men. in El Salvador, and as a result lost his eye. I am so thankful that God protected him and that he's still by my side. You can read the full story here Ruben's Assault Story

We need to practice gratitude more often than we do. We need to take less things for granted and be more aware of all our blessings. Regardless of where we are or what situation we are in there is always something to be grateful for.

"A thankful attitude opens the windows of heaven." -Jesus Calling

"And in the midst of everything be giving thanks..." 1 Thessalonians 5:18


  1. Thanks for sharing. Well electricity is definitely one to be thankful for. You only realise how much we're dependent on it when you've been cut off or had a power blackout. But there are many other similar things we take for granted like water, a roof over our head, a place to sleep etc.

    1. Yes....it is so true. Clean water is another really good one. I think those who have access to clean water are considered to be the richest people in the world. Crazy the perspective.

  2. I love this list especially because it’s so real and not cliche! Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

    1. Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

  3. Great Article. I live off grid and have for more than 25 years. Now I have some solar; for most of my time up here raising four kids, a generator was used when we wanted to watch movies and such. Propane lights, wood burning stove for heat. All pretty primitive, but made us grateful for everything we did have and made us more energy conscious also. I think for the most part most of us become more thankful when we are deprived of things we are used to. As Christians we are to be thankful in all things: when we have it and when we don't. Your writing was a great reminder of that.

  4. hi, It's me- Brenda Soto again. I tried to invite you on Pinterest but for some reason, it wouldn't go through. I would like to invite you to join our/my group board for Christian Living. Here is the url:

    You don't need to post this as a comment, I just didn't know how else to reach you.
    In Christ, Brenda

  5. I grew up as a missionary kid in Guatemala, and I am so thankful for being bilingual, for electricity, and for drinking water out of the faucet.

    1. Yes! Clean water is another one and being able to flush toilet paper. lol

  6. Excellent Post! Always love to read about fellow missionaries. Being one myself I can so much relate to your post. Blessings!