Our oldest boys are home this weekend from Bible School. We got to skype them. See their faces and hear their voices. It was great, but not as great as being there in person.
We are headed home in just ten short days. Our experiences here in a foreign land are very short term. I have no reason to complain about missing family and saying goodbyes when we will be with our friends and family in short order. But it has given me a glimpse into the lives of long term missionaries.
Like my brother in law and his family. Luke and Annie have been in the Philippines for over 11 years. They haven't had a furlough in 5 years. Five years. I know it hasn't been easy. As a matter of fact, I know there have been some really challenging days. Especially since Annie's mom, our dear Joy (and Pastor's wife) went home to be with Jesus last July. But I haven't heard complaining. I have heard how God has been faithful to get them through the tough places. The grace that is sufficient for each day - not grace for tomorrow or the next day, but grace for the now, the immediate moment.
|David, Jonathan, Joshua, Olivia and Gloria|
|Following in Daddy's footsteps|
|The Philippine Pearson Family|
Their five children have all been born in the Philippines. Five jungle monkeys growing into beautiful young ladies and handsome young gentlemen. We haven't met the youngest - 2 year old Joshua yet. And we can't wait to see them. They are coming home April 3rd. It's Annie birthday. I heard that there is a birthday dinner planned for the Birthday Queen. :)
So I am thankful for this experience in Honduras that has made me a little more aware of missionary life. I think the biggest sacrifice missionaries make is being separated from family. But be careful not to put missionaries up on a pedestal. They are human beings with ups and downs just like anyone. Please pray for the missionaries you know. They can't make it without your support and prayers. Your prayers are what gets them through the tough days and even nights when doubts and fears assail.
"Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel's, who shall not receive in this time - houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions - and in the age to come, eternal life." Mark 10: 29 and 30