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‘In’ for the Long Run

Posted on: July 28th, 2014 by Karen Broyles  |  Leave a comment

“How long you in for?”

Karen with her nieces, Alyssa (far left) and Joslyn (right), and daughter Kaydence (center left)

Karen with her nieces, Alyssa (far left) and Joslyn (right), and daughter Kaydence (center left)

This question sounds like something you’d ask an inmate, not a missionary on furlough, yet it’s recently the start of many conversations. During our last furlough, we were constantly asked, “Isn’t your time up yet? When are you coming home?” This furlough, things are different. We’re the “seasoned missionaries.” Most of our ministry team has been on this journey with us for over eight years. They know that our attitude toward missionary service isn’t a short-term thing, but a passion that is deep within us. Haiti isn’t just the place we go to serve, it’s home.

Liz Schandorff, fellow MAF-Haiti member recently wrote an MAF blog “Leaving Home to Go Home.” It’s so true. I am thankful for God’s wisdom and timing in bringing our family to the US. There are many reasons… people we needed to reconnect with, family who are facing serious health struggles, my own need for spiritual renewal and nourishment… the list could go on. Yet I’m torn between being here and being in Haiti. Elijah and Kaydence (my 2-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter) are loving all the time with their cousins, aunt, uncles, grandparents, and friends, but I hear them speak often of “home.” Elijah says every day, “I wanna go home.”

We’ve been so blessed by friends and family, but it’s a challenge for us to be on the receiving end of that hospitality. But, isn’t that what being part of God’s family is about: loving and serving others, regardless of where “home” may be? The reality is, we have no idea how long we’re in for (plan is 6 months in TN)… we’re simply “all in” wherever God may take us. And our real Home is still being prepared for us. Until then, we’ll keep on pressing on.

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Waiting for My Plane to Come

Posted on: July 24th, 2014 by Mark and Kelly Hewes  |  1 Comment

For the first time in my life I felt what it was like to wait and pray for that little red and white plane to come.

I had just spent a day and a night in the Achuar village of Wayusensa, documenting a team from Reach Beyond who was working with the community on a… [Read full post.]

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Flight Training Beyond the Airstrip Name

Posted on: July 17th, 2014 by Paul and Carol Bergen  |  1 Comment

On the corner near the MAF headquarters, there’s a firehouse with a reader board out front that says, Plan your Fire Escape. It’s a good reminder to be ready for the unexpected. As MAF flight trainers, we train our pilots for the “expected” but to also plan for the “unexpected.”… [Read full post.]

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Leaving Home to Go Home

Posted on: July 14th, 2014 by Liz Schandorff  |  1 Comment

In two days, I will leave home to go home. Confused yet? Me too.

It will be with an array of emotions that we will pile our bags and our children on a Boeing 737 and… [Read full post.]

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How a Flight Safety Seminar is Improving My Marriage

Posted on: July 8th, 2014 by Joy Neal  |  3 Comments

Fools vent their anger, but the wise quietly hold it back.” —Proverbs 29:11

As the spouse of a pilot, one of the things that drew me to MAF was its reputation for safety. But when I was required to sit in a day-long flight safety seminar at… [Read full post.]