The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9 At the beginning of this year our plan was to remain in Guinea for another 18 months or so before returning to the U.S. for our home assignment. We were making good progress in Bible translation and other aspects of […]
Over time, stress accumulates. It is like a person who puts on a bunch of jackets, one on top of the other, until he looks like the Michelin man. That stress is what makes “Home Assignment” necessary. As we reflected on our last term on the field, we realized just how many stressful situations our […]
For the roughly 3 1/2 years we lived in Asia Pacific, we were newbies. Or at least, that’s how it felt. Upon our return to the US, we’ve felt the same way, albeit to a lesser degree. I can speak English and navigate most cultural things here, but I still feel lost a bit. Where […]
Here are some thoughts I penned a few weeks back but am just now getting around to posting: I never guessed that life could become so complex. I was unprepared for our first trip back to the USA, and I still feel like I’m in a very strange world where things to don’t quite make […]
Furlough, home assignment, whatever you want to call it. People don’t always seem to know what we do when we’re back and why we come back. So I thought I’d tell you what we’re doing this furlough. While not everyone’s furloughs are exactly the same and even our own furloughs will differ each time, here’s […]
It’s that time of year again, when the school year ends and many of the support workers who serve at the school go back to their home countries for a well-deserved rest. Some families are returning to their home countries to get their graduating senior settled into their new school, while some of us remain […]
Goodbye to the Patpatar After over 14 years in the tribe, we are saying goodbye to our Patpatar friends and family. In 2003, we move into a the village not knowing the Patpatar language and culture. Our goal was to learn from them and build relationships. We wanted to be able to eventually create a […]
When we started to talk to our Amdu friends about leaving Amdu for awhile and going back to our home country their main concern, besides the question of our return, was why we needed to leave in the first place. They had no desire to see us go.
...taking time to rest and recover when needed is a necessary part of the missionary life.