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For the Joy Set Before Us: Insights into the Missionary Journey

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Ever wonder what your calling is? Do you feel burdened for the nations? If you are willing to follow where God leads you, the road ahead may be challenging, but it will be well worth it if you do not give up. In For the Joy Set Before Us, Erica Fye invites you to journey with her to get a glimpse into the life of a missionary, and to offer insight into what God may have in ...more
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Published October 27th 2014 by Crosslink Publishing
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Louisa Black
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was fantastic on so many levels, I'm struggling to know where to start.
Maybe saying thank-you to the author for such an open, honest and real account of missionary life and the personal stories she shared throughout the book would be the best place to start. So many thanks to the author from the bottom of my Narnian heart.

If this book in places does not bring a tear to your eye I'll eat my hat and then some.

The author paints a vivid and raw account of life as a missionary and the messa
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Natalie Vellacott
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am reviewing this for the Christian Books Only Review Group. The criteria is that books must be basically clean and with a Christian worldview.

This was a really great book and encouraged me as I related to most of what was written as a fellow missionary. I would've liked to hear more stories from the mission field but recognise that this was not the purpose or intention of the book. Indeed the author is quite rightly attempting to highlight God's work and not her own.

The chapters are short an
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Gisela Hausmann
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spiritual
“… We are not created to be a one-man-show. We are meant to work together and make His Name known. We need each other…”

For starters I loved the book cover. We see a lady (presumably Erica) on the right side of the picture, her right arm is cut off the way the picture is framed. While by today standards of photo shopped pictures this would not considered to be a good picture, it is somehow symbolic, as if she had left behind a part of herself, the right hand - “action-body part”. In the backgroun
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Ramos Talaya
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Feel the heartbeat of Missions, as Erica invites the reader to take a glimpse at the world of missions. Here is a book for every one that believes to be called by the LORD into the mission field and those who are called to support them.
If you believe, that the LORD has called to be a missionary or a supporter of a missionary, please read this book before you set a foot into the mission field.
The book starts by addressing the most important question concerning anyone seeking to serve Christ as a
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Melanie Bennett
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ever wonder what drives a person to be a missionary? Ever wonder if God is calling you to be a missionary? Ever wonder what it is like to be a missionary, their fears, joys, sorrows, ups and downs? This is the book for you. Each chapter addresses different parts giving the reader an overview of what it is like.

I believe this book would be good for a youth pastor of a church that is missions driven. A book to be recommended to the young people who believe they are being called to the field. Cert
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Valicity Garris
Oh the life of a missionary. I have personally done missionary work almost all my life. I’ve never been to Africa, I didn’t help clean up after hurricane Katrina, but I have helped build homes with my bare hands in my own city. I’ve attended services in Cuba and served meals to those in need in my neighboring cities. I’ve delivered meals on Thanksgiving and given gifts to others on Christmas. Missionary work has been part of my faith-filled life since I was a child—as the daughter of a pastor an ...more
Raechel
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
I was so impressed and encouraged by this book! I love missionary books as it is, but this one was spectacular, with so many deep truths. Erica Fye really gets it.

An honest, good look into what it means to be a true missionary of Christ – and this can be anywhere, doesn’t just mean in the field. We are missionaries in our homes. I know many say that, and it’s easy to pass off – I’ve done that – but it’s true. Wherever God places us we are missionaries, because His light shines through us. He is
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Guillermo Serrano
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A big mission with an even bigger heart.

First of all, THANK YOU Erica Fye for sharing this beautiful, passionate but most important, realistic experience.

I am European man who has traveled a lot around the world. In the beginning, when I visited my first places and under my naïve inexperience, I expected that everyone was going to welcome my arrival with a red carpet. I learnt very soon that what we see in some TV shows are very far from reality.

This is what ‘For the Joy Set Before Us’ is about.
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Sheila
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Most of us can remember a time in our Christian life that a missionary came to our church, showed pictures on a big screen, shared stories and asked for money. Sadly that is the extent of what most of us know of missionary work. There is so much more to it than that and For the Joy Set Before us by Erica Fye is a great book that shares with readers real insights on the life of a missionary.

What prompted me to get this book was the fact that my 16 year old daughter desires to be a missionary. She
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Danielle Rodriguez
For The Joy Set Before Us is a must have for every Christian home. It is a touching and honest look into the missionary life that few have shared. This book grips you with its stories while convicting you with its truths.
Every Christian, whether they have a heart for missions or not, has a calling on their life. This book encourages the reader to use their gifts and follow their calling, accepting the trials and growth and warfare that will come against them. It reminds us that we have a Great
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Linda
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good, clear, honest, heads up advice for potential missionaries. Fye makes it clear that missionary work is far from the glorious life one might imagined before going. Being a missionary is difficult, dangerous, and self-sacrificing. On the other hand, the eternal benefits Fye also writes about, far outweigh the hardships. Reminiscent of Kisses for Katie this book is encouraging, profound, and edifying. It is also a great book for anyone following Jesus. I highly recommend it. The copy I read wa ...more
Chris
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The call to Missions can be a daunting and frightening concept to many Christians in our comfortable air-conditioned living rooms. Those of us who are considering whether we are called to short-term or long-term missions work would be well-advised to pick up a copy of this book. In it, Erica Mbasan clearly illuminates many of the mysteries and covers some of the misconceptions and fears surrounding the surrender to the mission field.

With riveting true stories of salvation and the miraculous work
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Deborah Brunt
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I deeply appreciate Erica Fye’s book, For the Joy Set Before Us: Insights into the Missionary Journey. Using her own stories, Scripture and compelling writing, the author invites the reader to count the cost, both of discipleship and of mission work.

For many years, I wrote articles for missions magazines. Time and again, I found that missionaries only wanted to share their feel-good and success stories. Erica Fye tells the other side of missionary life, not sugar-coating the hardships, but hones
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Dawn Hamsher
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Ms. Fye's glimpses of missionary life and her sharing of what she's gone through and her feelings. Even though I am not a missionary, as I grow deeper in my faith, I appreciate her book and it's sharing of deep spiritual truths and Scriptures. They help remind me of the goal. My favorite chapter was Chapter 9 on Spiritual Warfare and praying through. I felt like this chapter was specially written just for me. God has linked some of what she shares in this chapter with what I am ...more
Terry Sprouse
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“For the Joy Set Before Us” is a heart-warming and stirring story, brilliantly demonstrating the power of kindness and love.

The book allows us to experience the life of a missionary in Uganda through the author’s eyes. I was inspired as Erica adapted to her strange new environment and overcame unimaginable obstacles to show her love for the people

Erica observes that the life of a missionary is “a life of loss, sorrow, and sickness: a life of dirt, bugs and pit latrines.” As a former Peace Corps
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Valerie Thomas
Mar 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. There was as much dialogue on the author’s faith as there were memories from her time as a missionary (more on that later), but I feel as if the writing was more than enough to keep things interesting. For the Joy Set Before Us is well-written and very well-edited, which is a major plus for me.
The one reason I didn’t give five stars is because of how much preaching there is in this novel. At times it seemed to read less like an autobiography an
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Tracy Popolizio
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"For the Joy Set Before Us" gives such a realistic insight into the mission field that any reader would feel like they were there. Not only have I gained a deeper understanding of what our brothers and sisters in Christ experience, but I felt the joy, the pain, the struggles, and the triumphs as Erica explained them. Woven throughout this glimpse into a not-so glamorous life is the common thread of what our lives should look like if we are truly living for Christ, in any country. The references ...more
Susan Clark
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is not a memoir, per se. It contains many bible verses and teachings … and woven throughout are stories of the author’s calling—her difficulties, illnesses, brushes with danger, and even falling in love on the field. Much of the book is a call to seek after God and not the praise of men. If you’re looking for a good motivational Christian read, this is it! It’s written eloquently by someone who has been on the front lines & provides many verses and admonitions that give food for th ...more
Gregory Brown
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
For the Joy Set Before Us, by Erica Fye, is a powerful and yet educational book that every missionary, person considering missions, or missionary supporter will benefit from reading. Erica does not sugar coat the mission field but takes the reader right into the trenches of discouragement and the heights of joy that come along with this calling. Her personal stories are eye-opening and sobering. It is very clear that her gift is exhortation—because you feel challenged the moment you start readin ...more
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“Ever wonder what your calling is? Do you feel burdened for the nations? If you are willing to follow where God leads you, the road ahead may be challenging, but it will be well worth it if you do not give up. In For the Joy Set Before Us, Erica Fye invites you to journey with her to get a glimpse into the life of a missionary, and to offer insight into what God may have in store for your life.”


Series: Non-Fiction


Spiritual Content- Over 180 Scriptures are quoted, mentioned or ref
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Chloe
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Within the pages of For the Joy Set Before Us, Erica Fye provides not only the promised “insights into missionary life,” but chapters full of practicable counsel for the ministry-minded Christian. Although focused on Ms. Fye’s experience in foreign missionary work (topics include re-entry shock, adjusting to life in a new culture, etc.), Scriptural truth saturates her writing and gives it broader application.

Beginning with her own testimony and call to missions, Ms. Fye uses her personal story t
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Pamela Fernandes
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful book for missionaries or those going out to work in God's vineyard. Dare I say, that even American tourists. Erica has learnt valuable lessons about the missionary life and this book should be recommended reading for people considering ministry life.
Its written very well, and follows the mission path right from decision to persisting in the work.
I like the statement that God has His own timetable, I like that she's touched upon culture shock and reverse culture shock, spiri
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Dan Salerno
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
For the Joy Set Before Us is filled with wisdom and insight gained from personal experience in the mission field. As such, it's loaded with practical tips that anyone considering missionary work should know. There are also lots of well chosen scriptures that directly apply to the subject matter of being a missionary. And Erica includes real-life examples of challenges she has faced doing God's work in Africa.

This unique combination of ingredients makes Erica Fye Mbasan's book an interesting read
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Kathy Justiss
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book will pull at your heart strings and bring tears flowing from your eyes. It did me as I loved every word wonderfully writen. Insights to a missionary journey that we never even think about or at least don't acknowledge the great rewards along with the great sacrifice that a missionary goes through. Erica truly is a woman of God and walking in the journey set before her. This stirs my heart so about the desires to do mission work that The Lord has place on my heart. Truly inspirational a ...more
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“As we stand on the precipice of a life of ministry, we will have to answer the question that Jesus poses to each one of us: Are you willing to count the cost?” 4 likes
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