You might be there for five to eight years before you really know the local language well enough to really converse and build a meaningful community.
For a lot of missionaries it's difficult, in general, to have close connections. Claire."They don't have a spouse and they don't have hope of finding one overseas, so they return," he commented. Claire added that his team developed the site because no other dating website caters to missionaries."If they use E-Harmony, or one of those sites, probably 95 percent of the people that they get matched with will have no interest in relocating to a foreign country," he explained.
And for singles it's doubly hard, because they also don't have a spouse to rely on and get support from," St. While a majority of American missionaries (about two-thirds) are married, the one-third who are single generally leave the field and return to the U. Even though the dating site caters primarily to missionaries who are currently serving overseas, it's also available for Christians who are living in the U. "But with our site, they can answer that from the beginning.
S., the site will eventually grow to serve Christians from other countries."While the site only works for English speakers," he said, the team plans to "open up the dating website to other language speakers as well, beginning with Spanish."Due to the security risks involved, St.
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So a Christian is not free to marry outside the Lord. And what saddens me, Tony, is how many believers get so entangled emotionally with unbelievers that they either throw away their convictions or they stand on their head to see the other person as a believer when he is not. A mature believer will want his or her spouse not just to profess some kind of creed or be willing to go to church.
Thus far, more than 400 people have joined the online dating community, Called Together.us, in the two weeks the site has been active. Claire, one of the founders of the dating site, told NPR's Arun Rath that they want to help Christians find their right match so they don't have to choose between serving overseas or staying in the United States to find a marriage partner."What oftentimes happens is someone would meet someone here in America and then would have to choose between two scenarios: do I want to go overseas and chase my dream or do I want marriage?
American missionaries, accused of illegally trying to take children out of Haiti, pray before hearing the verdict from Haitian Deputy Prosecutor Jean Ferge Joseph of the Judicial Police office in Port-Au Prince, Haiti, Feb. A new dating website was launched earlier this month to help missionaries and other Christians serving overseas to find a spouse who understands their global calling.
But we hope to be able to offer this resource so that they don't have to make that decision," he said. Claire added that while Christians are serving overseas to make the world a better place, his organization wants "to empower them to stay there," instead of returning home because they're lonely or want to find their soul mate."Moving overseas can be a lonely thing.
That would hopefully make it a lot easier for them to find someone."St.