Spiritual Miscarriage: The Death of a Vision

EMQ » April–June 2022 » Volume 58 Issue 2

By Brenda Bosch

Spiritual miscarriage is not a term that is widely known. It occurs when a vision in your spirit that leads to much preparation and passion, does not materialize. It leaves you feeling like a withered and dead plant, without it ever flowering.[1]

This experience has similarities to a physical miscarriage.[2] When parents expect a child, they spin colourful dreams about their child’s future and ready themselves for the changes that a baby brings about. In the same way, much time, money, and energy go into the preparation of a cross-cultural worker or missionary. All their dreams, plans and routines start revolving around their upcoming missionary experience. Then at last, they excitedly begin their work, often moving abroad to do so.


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