Have you ever wondered what it would be like to move to a different continent to share Christ’s hope with people who have never heard of Christ? For long-term workers, the practical implications are countless.
Think of your own situation: homes, vehicles and belongings would need to be sold or stored.
Think of everyone you know in your home country: all of your friends, family members, community contacts, church relationships – everyone. Think of all the arrangements that would need to be made.
Imagine just how many times you’d say good-bye.
While living and sharing the Good News abroad, life goes on at home. Couples get married, babies are born, birthdays and graduations are celebrated, and loved ones pass away. Long-term workers know they will miss every one of these milestones. Long-distance communication on Skype and Facebook is a meager substitute for a hug.
In addition to all of the concerns about forms, finances and friendships, there are questions about that unknown entity: the future. The very act of leaving home involves sacrifice and surrender. And despite many tears, these workers move forward in joy and confidence, taking a risk to obey God’s call.
As a Mission we are grateful for everyone in the world-wide MB family. We honor those working in foreign lands where the Gospel is not widely known. In summer 2011 we sent a new team to France, and in October a new team moved to a country in Asia. Each team is comprised of singles, married couples, and families with children.
Can I invite you faithful readers to pray? Please pray that they will adjust to language and culture and make new friends. Ask God to unify the teams and keep them safe. Pray also for the loved ones ‘back home’ who experience the absence in a personal way.
“Where could I go to escape from you? Where could I get away from your presence? If I flew away beyond the east or lived in the farthest place in the west, you would be there to lead me, you would be there to help me.” Psalm 139:7,9-10
[co-written with a colleague Kara Bergstrom: email@example.com ]