“How long you in for?”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.