197: AROUND THE WORLD

As the years pass in your marriage it is very easy to settle where you are.

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Between work, kids, church and other activities you aren’t living your life out loud.

It’s time to bust out of your comfort zone so that you can go after that adventure that inside of you.

Both of you will experience a new level in your lives and your marriage.

This week Tony & Alisa share how they are getting out of their comfort zone in different ways to experience life to the fullest.

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  1. Thanks for sharing this podcast! Me and my wife have been travelling on Short Term missions on several occations. Both together and seperate. In 2011 I even brought my oldest daughter at 4 to Thailand for a STM, leaving my wife at home with the youngest one. It was great! Just seeing the trip from her angle and letting her see me doing mission work. She always talks about it with a proud look on her face! My experience is that if both agree on that one spouse leaves for a STM – both will benefit from it! Coming home ignited and inspired will rub off to your spouse! But an important tip is to let the second night after arriving home be the photo and sharing night (not the first!) The first night is for the longed coudling – time to be together!
    This will strengthen the marriage – so GO and get inspired! But remember to buy a gift to your spouse and kids heading home! Don’t come home without!
    Rune from Norway (feel free to use my name), Leader of the Short Term Mission Department and Norwegian Mission Society

    • Thank you for sharing your mission trips Rune. These are fantastic and encouraging as Alisa heads off on her first of many for our family. We are excited and thankful for your suggestions of waiting until the second night for picture viewing. Makes sense as the cuddle time after being a part is necessary.

      We will be sharing how it goes in a show after she gets back from Kenya.

      Love you guys.

  2. Hi Alisa,
    I just listened to your podcast as I was driving to work this morning and I wanted to write to affirm you in your trip.
    Our family (myself, my wife and our two children) went on a short term mission trip to Thailand at the end of 2012, specifically to build a new dormitory in the Children’s home where we sponsor a child. We’d never done anything quite like this before but the experience was one that will be a part of me forever. It’s hard to put into words what it’s like, so I’ve attached a dropbox link to a short clip which we showed at our church https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3ibhvn3o0up4faf/ukULCAFeDv

    I have a slightly different view of the world (besides being in Australia – looking at everything upside down) because three years ago years ago our family took a risk and took a few years off day to day life to go off and experience life. We stepped outside of our comfort zone and did something we’d never done before: We bought a yacht on the other side of the world, learnt to sail and then spent two incredible years sailing back home to Australia. Most of the places we visited were very poor by our standards and it was a shock because here in Western society we live in such an artificial world where we take so many privileges that we call basic human rights for granted. We have medical, we get three meals a day, we are safe, we have a bed and a roof over our head, but most of the world doesn’t have these things.
    When you go to Kenya, it will change you, but it will change you for the better because you’ll appreciate so many more of the simple things in life. You’ll come back amazed that you ever got upset at the trivial things in your world, but you’ll also be amazed at what you will learn from the people that you go to help.
    I know you’ll be nervous; we’ve been there too, but it will be alright. My advice is don’t block out your emotions, when you’re there. Let Kenya into you, let the people into you. You’ll feel all sorts of emotions and some will be hard to stomach, but realise these people are real and they are living in the real world. Treat them with respect – they are incredible people. You may want to help them all, but be unable to do so. I know I wished I could have brought all the children in Thailand back home with me. I guess what I’m trying to say is that Kenya is very real and it might be a bit confronting at times. Right now I have friends from my church working in Kenya on a long term mission trip. Check out http://www.steeres.com These are my friends Andy and Mardi who have been over in Kenya for a couple of years now. She is working as a Paediatric surgeon and he is working as an engineer building infrastructure and irrigation. Have a read of some of their adventures and if you happen to see them, say hi and tell them we’re praying for them (lol).
    I’ve rabbitted on enough now, but I just wanted to say:
    * Don’t shy away from the things you see, but rather take them home with you and let them make you appreciate your life and what you have.
    * Make the most of every opportunity.
    * Realise you were created to show God’s love to others
    * Enjoy yourself …. It’s an adventure, embrace it, you can’t always control it, so just make the decision, jump in, laugh and enjoy the ride.
    (PS – if you want to see crazy, irresponsible and life, check out http://www.simcraft.com.au/connect4)

    Thanks for the podcasts, you guys are such an inspiration.
    Lots of love
    Steve & Cheryl

    • Steve,

      Thank you for the insights and for sharing all of your information. I have been so blessed by the members of the ONE family that have taken the time to write in with their experiences and suggestions for ways that I can get the most out of my time in Kenya.

      I took the opportunity to look at all of your links and all I can say is WOW. Your adventure around the world was incredible and what your family has done on missions is inspiring.

      Thank you for being a part of the ONE family.
      Alisa

  3. I’ve been listening to your podcasts for a few months now and I always appreciate your insights. I have been to Tanzania as a leader of short-term mission trips from my school in ’08, ’10. ’11, ’12, ’13 and I will be going in ’14. I’m not one to give advice but… since you asked.
    … live in the moment.
    … Put people before things / time / anything.
    … Journal every day.
    … you’ll be exhausted. Fight through it. You can sleep when you get home.
    … Take your anti-malaria medication. If nothing else, enjoy the dreams they give you.
    … You will benefit from the trip more than anyone there. Remain humble.
    … Don’t promise anything to anyone.
    … The trip is not an end but a beginning. Make it the start of a life of service to the poor and disadvantaged.
    … Be respectful when taking photographs. Don’t objectify people and turn it into poverty smut.
    … Pole Pole (swahili meaning slow, slow). Embrace the pace.

    Have a great time! I thought I would go to Africa once and now I’m on trip no. 7.

    • Rich,

      Wow! Trip #7!!!

      Your words of advice will be taken to heart and they are ones that have been echoed by other members of the ONE family.

      I appreciate you taking the time to share what you have learned over you many trips and cannot wait to share my Kenya experience with the ONE family.

      Alisa