Thursday, 24 March 2011

Anywhere But Home

Katie, from the USA, living in Zambia.

You know that feeling? The ‘anywhere but here’ feeling? The ‘I don’t belong here’ feeling? It’s the feeling I seem to get every time I go back to Zambia, my current country of residence, from anywhere “civilized”. I always feel, well, glum – like I don’t belong there, like I want to go back to where I was. It normally passes after about a week, but for that week all I can think of is how slow moving Zambia is. How few opportunities there are. How hot and crowded and dirty it is. How the people don’t understand my sense of humor, and my view of the world. And how could they? They haven’t been where I’ve been, they haven’t seen what I’ve seen. I spend a week cringing at every outing and conversation. I am conscious of this yet I can’t shake it. I’m also conscious of the fact that if you had asked me four years ago to go overseas for a week I would have spent it cringing and dying for Zambia. I know I love the country and the people. I know I love my life there. I love my routines and the diversity; I love the innocence of the people and the willingness to learn. I love Zambia. But for a week I’d rather be anywhere else. I don’t understand it, I’ve talked to other MKs and they say they’ve had the same feelings. I don’t know if it’s just a part of growing up and finding out who we are and where we belong or if it’s just some kind of spiritual warfare. Whatever it is I’m currently sitting on a plane praying that I get over it quickly this time.


  1. Thanks for creating this blog. My daughters will like it. Even though they are almost 9 and 7, they care about blogging because their missionary mama does. Let us know how to participate.

  2. I just got back from Zambia, one of my favorite countries in the world. And although I am not a child, I am 25 years old I still have those same feelings. I think it's a mixture of many things you mentioned. Just know you are not alone!

  3. Heather, we would love to hear from your girls! I am the mom who's helping out but really it's the kids' work. They can email with their post and a photo and someone will publish it for them :-) Looking forward to hearing from them, Miranda.