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 IMG_0529                The 6 of us

   On January 4, 2012, I was a novice at being a missionary’s mom. My son and daughter in law had just left for their very first assignment as foreign missionaries. And 21 days later my blog post revealed a heart still searching for comfort! 

   I would like to share with you an excerpt from that post:

   When your time comes to release your children for the work God calls them to in a land far away, just know that there are comforts built in to your obedience. In our day we have the comfort of technology that provides us with a lifeline of communication with our children. Through email, Facebook, Twitter, satellite & cell phones, and Skype, we can communicate in a variety of ways. 

   Yes, the technology of our day keeps us connected with our physically distant children. And that is INDEED a comfort! Our daughter in law has given birth to two children after they left and because of technology we were able to see both children within minutes after they were born! And by God’s grace and provision, within a few months afterwards we were able to hold them in our arms! 

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Off we go, with the best view in the house, or game reserve!

   With our first grandson, while we were visiting we got to know our son’s fellow co-workers and friends. We even got to go on a safari! That was so surreal. We saw elephants, giraffes, water buffalo, etc. roaming free over the savannah. 

   When we got to hold our second grandson, who was 5 months old at the time, we were in Edinburgh, Scotland!! You see, our son was preparing to enter the University of Edinburgh the next year. Therefore, during his vacation time, he made plans to go there to finalize enrollment details. And because we hadn’t seen our grandson yet, And because I have dreamed for years of going to Scotland, we combined all this into a two week vacation! We got a van and visited not only Edinburgh but the Isle of Arran and Larkhall, where dear friends of ours lived, as well. 

   You might ask me, “Wouldn’t you give all that up to have them close at home?” And my answer would be, “Yes.” 

   But I wasn’t given that option! I had to deal with the plate in front of me! Therefore, I turned to God, for only He had the strength that I desperately needed to get me through overwhelming separation anxiety. 

The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might He increases strength. . .  Isaiah 40:31

   So here I am, four years later, with a heart full of gratefulness to God for the strength He provided me through His comfort. By accepting God’s will for my son and obediently releasing him to carry out that will, I have been comforted by the balm of provisions our loving heavenly Father has provided far beyond my expectations.

The Day after Christmas–We’re Outta Here!

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It will be fun to get together again. Will be one more to add to the group next time!

Yes, it’s true!  My husband and I have purchased our plane tickets and are making plans to make a 27 hr. flight (not looking forward to that)

BUT A GRANDPARENT DOES WHAT A GRANDPARENT HAS TO DO!

to visit our son and daughter-in-law about a month after our grandson is to be born.  My daughter-in-law’s parents and her grandmother will be there for our grandson’s birth and I praise God for that.  I know when my 4 children were born having my mother there was the greatest of comfort.  I thank God my daughter-in-law will have her mom by her side at this monumental and very emotional moment.

I praise God for His provision to provide the financial means to purchase our (meaning us and our daughter-in-law’s parents) plane tickets.  My mind looks forward to the day when we will get to hold our precious little grandson in our arms.  I cannot for one moment take this for granted.  God has made a way where there seemed to be no way.  Financially, neither of us are in a position to go globe trotting across the world.  Nevertheless, God has ordained that we should go and has provided!

I’ve been told by numerous missionaries that having their parents come for a visit does more than anything in helping all concerned to deal with the physical distance that now separates them.  But you know, coming from a wealthy family is not a requirement when God calls you to be His missionary!

If as the parent of a missionary, you long to journey to the place where God has sent your child, and financially this is highly unlikely then I recommend you pray and ask Him to provide for such a trip. I believe that He will make a way for God loves doing the impossible (impossible in our eyes, not His).

My husband and I will stay for 3 weeks then he will return solo and I will continue on for 3 months.  I wish my husband did not have to travel that great distance by himself so I’m praying God will provide a travel buddy for him.  (I’m seriously praying for this folks!)  But even more so, when I return in 3 months.  We will see what God will work out for He is working on something even now!  Will keep you posted!

While there, I will get to experience life as a missionary.  Sort of getting a better perspective on the life my son and daughter-in-law have been called to.  My duties will involve child care for 5 missionary kids and helping one of the moms with homeschooling.  I do have some qualms about whether or not I can do this given the fact that I will be attempting this in an unfamiliar culture and with an unfamiliar language. But I know I have the resources to draw from when things get shaky! (Not being flippant here, just factual)!   Just praying I will remember:

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

AND

6 Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

I hope you will seriously pray about joining your child on the mission field for a visit.  It will mean the world to you and to them.  What you have been called to is a hard thing but God always builds in blessings beyond your wildest imaginations for His obedient children. On those days that seem so empty without your loved ones, you can pull out those pictures and recall all the fun you had being together, the excitement of the places you visited, the thrill of missions on the front line (so to speak) and ponder the enormous blessings that are yours because you answered God’s call to release your child to the mission field.  Don’t take my word for it; just read below!
38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38
 
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, Ephesians 3:20

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