As missionaries, we look at the past twenty years through a four-years-at-a-time lens. That is generally how long a term of missionary service abroad has lasted for our family. Then it’s followed by a year of “furlough”, which many think is synonymous with “vacation”, but actually means “travel through umpteen states and speak at a gazillion churches and do homeschool in the car and meet lots of people and eat at lots of church potluck dinners and share your vision for missions and invite people to join in mission with you”. Definitely great, but not “vacation”.
Anyway, four-year terms. First term – Costa Rica, Argentina, Honduras. Second term – Honduras. Third term – Honduras, Bolivia. Fourth term – Bolivia.
Which brings us to now. Fifth term – USA…and the world.
How does that work? Good question. We have served the past twenty years under a dual appointment with The Mission Society and World Gospel Mission. Currently, we have been placed on WGM Special Assignment to serve with the Global Resource Team of The Mission Society. The GRT is basically made up of people – like us -who want to share their knowledge and experience by serving their fellow missionaries around the globe.
Our hope is to connect mission educators with one another, to encourage and challenge one another through sharing resources and ideas, and to offer assistance through consulting and teaching as needed.
This is a new adventure for our family, one that we have embarked on with much prayer for the Lord’s guidance and provision. It feels a bit strange, breaking that “four years there and one year here” cycle, staying in the USA longer than the usual year in between terms…but more than anything, we want to be in the center of God’s will for our lives. There’s no term limits for that, is there?