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Our Mission to the Himalayas and Beyond

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September 2015

To the Sending Church and the Senders……

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It has been a year now, a crazy, difficult, amazing year that we have now lived in Central Asia.

We’ve experienced the hectic life of living third world, experienced two major earthquakes, and almost 400 aftershocks. We have learned to live with limited electricity, and how to save water in the dry season.

It has been great. It’s been hard.

Yet, can I let you in on a little secret of all missionaries.

We really need you guys back home.

We need your support, and we love to hear from you.

Sure, we may fail to update to the best of our ability, but we try.

So to the sending church, and the senders…

You are vitally, important.

How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!”…(Romans 10:14-15)

You sent us, your role is important. So how do you accomplish your role as the sender?

  1. Pray, pray, pray. We need your constant prayers daily, because we battle against the enemy in territories that he has captured. We seek to tell the lost, whose eyes are blinded the truth of God’s love. We work, we give, we often run on dry. So please remember to pray.
  2. Communicate. I’ve noticed since we left, that those who respond to the newsletters, and prayer request have gotten less and less. So just so you know, a short email, a quick message letting the missionary know your thinking of them, praying for them, or a verse of encouragement go a long way.
  3. Send care packages. If possible, a package from home is a wonderful thing to receive for the missionaries on the field. Around Christmas last year, a few groups from our sending church sent packages. It was such a blessing to receive “things” from home.
  4. Go on a short-term trip. In a few weeks, a group from our sending church will arrive to spend a week with us. We can’t begin to tell you how excited we are. Excited to show them the people, the place God has called us to. Thrilled to share with them, our heart cry for the people here.
  5. Minister to them. Missionaries have a tendency to give, give, give. The needs we have found are far greater than the time and resources available. Many times, missionaries feel like they are running on empty. They just like you, need to be ministered to. This can be done through numerous ways: emails, calls, and prayers.
  6. Give. Often once the missionaries are on the field, people think they are set. Yet, missionaries need your continual financial support to live out the calling God has placed on their lives

I couldn’t imagine a more fulfilling life. I’m glad to be here, glad to serve the Lord among the nations. Yet, the truth is…. you as a sender also serve the Lord among the nations as you pray, communicate, send, minister and give! You are appreciated and you are much-needed in the lives of those you have sent!

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Missionary Mommy Wars

Source: Missionary Mommy Wars

Transient

missionary callingIn transit means something lasting only a short time, something not permanent.

The longer I live and move about the world, continent to continent. The more I realize that we are all in transit.

Having been married for 14 years now. We have lived in Arkansas, Tennessee, Korea, Tennessee, and now Nepal. It seems every few years, we are sent out to a new location.

It is exciting, but it is also hard.

Because you have to learn over and over again to say goodbye.

I can remember in our 2 years living in Korea, having to say goodbye each semester to precious college students the Lord had entrusted to us. It was grueling.

Leaving Korea was heartbreaking, because I knew I’d probably never see these dear friends again this side of Heaven.

While in the states, our kids made friends, that they then had to leave.

Now only a year after having moved to Nepal

We are still saying goodbyes.

Watching as friends seem to come and go.

And the truth is, it never gets easier.

It would appear to be easier to close oneself off from others. Easier not to get close, to protect your heart.

Yet, I’m finding this is not healthy. Although it is normal.

I found a great sight, http://www.alifeoverseas.com/ that has proved very helpful in understanding  things from others perspectives.

Many blogs have been written on Oldies and Newbies (missionaries, that is).

Most have shared that for the oldies, it is hard for them to open up. Hard for them to welcome the newbies. Difficult to let another one in, since there is no promise that these newbies will last for the long hall.

And they are right… it is hard.

Yet, I have found in life, that anything worth having is hard.

Anything worth doing, takes time, effort, and risk.

Sure, as M’s your there to reach the lost, to embrace the people of that culture. Yet, you need (we all need) those we can relate to. Those we can understand, and who understand us.

There is a definite risk in establishing friendships on the M Field. Yet, a risk worth taking.

My kids asked me the other day, why does everyone keep leaving?

The truth is, it is hard. Hard to make friends and then watch as they leave.

Yet, even harder to remain alone.

I’m amazed at how gracious our Lord is.

For it seems every time, He moves one person out of our lives, He moves another into our lives.

Then we have to ask ourselves? Will we risk getting close to another new family, or will we leave them to themselves.

Being in transient is not easy. We all seek permanence. We all want security.

Yet, I’m reminded in God’s Word that this is not our home.

We are sojourners, only passing through.

So as we pass through this life, let us embrace each day, each opportunity, each person.

Not missing out for a second on the rich friendships and blessings others can be to us as we journey along.

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