Just imagine working for years towards to goal of bringing truth to a specific people group. Imagine 2 years of training, years learning french, helping with assessment to find the people group you would work with, moving close and learning the second trade language of the area, building your house and finally being ready to move in a learn the language of the people. Then imagine receiving the news that because of security concerns you are not able to move in. This was the reality of the family were were visiting, but to be honest it is only a drop of their story. We had planned awhile ago to visit this family, but originally the visit was the help them as they transitioned to the village and began learning language. Now the focus of our trip shifted as the news came that they could not move in. We were visiting them because it was a time of grieving and we didn’t want them to be alone. We were visiting because we wanted to keep pressing forward in the work that needed to be done in assessing the security situation. We visited them to help with communication to the elders of their village as to why they were delayed in coming. We were visiting them to help them think through what was next while they waited for the green light to go into the village.
In many ways it was a hard trip as it is hard to see others grieving. We also didn’t have all the answers and could only help think through ideas. However in other ways it was such a good trip. We had been in contact with them over the phone, but being face to face is so much better. God made it possible for us to bring our kids along which allowed for much more fun than we could bring just ourselves. They were able to take a trip out to their village while I stayed to play with the kids. We spent spare moments talking, processing and praying.
There are still questions to be answered, but it was a start. There is still grief to process, but that will take time. There is still so much to learn as security concerns are becoming more and more a reality for our field, but we keep pressing forward. This trip was a start, a step on the path, and a reminder of the importance of walking the path together as part of the body of Christ.
Our Trip in Pictures