Question about Guidance for missionaries:
"Can a family with severe food allergies become full-time missionaries? My spouse and two children under two years have a severe allergy to gluten (celiac disease)."
Check with ImmunoLabs to address your condition.
One major factor was costs. In our city it wasn't that difficult to find certain American foods (or Asian copy cats), but they were extremely expensive, often 2-3 times what they would be in the US. Even items like apples, grapes, and other produce had to be imported and were very costly; cheese was almost out of the question!
Knowing what foods are common in the local culture you will be moving into would be helpful to you. In Asia, for instance, rice, rather than wheat, is a staple. This might make a gluten-free diet more easy to accommodate. On the other hand, getting nutrition information to clarify if an item has gluten may be very difficult. Certain other countries may have staple foods more similar to your current diet. Finding them or making your own food from scratch may be a viable option.
Above all, the Lord will use us in spite of all our limitations and weaknesses! He will provide for you and all your needs.
I'm currently researching the challenges of maintaining a gluten-free diet in a non-Western country (Cambodia) in anticipation of a move there mid-year (2017). I just thought it important to make the above clarification in case anyone else finds this page, as I did, through the good graces of Mr Google!
Were these answers helpful? Pass it along:
Subscribe to the AskaMissionary Newsletter
More information and a sample issue can be found on our newsletter page.