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.Often times, parishioners feel they have a right to access you at any time.Unlike typical eight hour jobs, our professional lives can span from administrative oversight during the day to leading bible study in the evening to weekend leadership retreats or church fairs.However, many Christians can't find their soul mate in church, and many singles are simply too busy to maintain an active social life.
I functioned in strategic planning, curriculum and ministry development and filled-in as the youth pastor.They can know from the beginning that this person would be willing to come where I am.That would hopefully make it a lot easier for them to find someone."St.I’m certain, like me, many have wondered how marriage fits into this already full and exhausting schedule.In fact, I’ve often pondered if it’s fair to bring someone into my life knowing the nature of my work and the strain it can place on relationships.Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Through Jesus we may even call him 'Abba Father'.The apostle Paul writes in 2 Corinthians : "Do not be yoked together with unbelievers." We believe that this warning also applies to marriage, and that it's better for Christians not to marry non-believers. Unfortunately, it can be even more challenging when you’re in vocational ministry.As professional clergy, navigating the space between public and private isn’t always easy.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.