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Living where the action is!

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Never pity missionaries; envy them. They are where the real action is — where life and death, sin and grace, Heaven and Hell converge.- Robert C. Shannon

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     It took awhile, admittedly, for me to get to the point where I could speak of my son without becoming emotional!  But eventually, the power and insight of the comment I opened this post with became truth for me.

How on earth did I manage this?

-By watching my son live his life there on the mission field.

-By listening to his new friends describe their love and appreciation for his friendship!

-By traveling to exotic places and seeing sights some people only dream of!

-By hearing my son describing the privilege that was his to speak to people, who had no clue about who Jesus or God was, in the language of their hearts.

-By listening to my son describe his excitement over the new baptisms taking place. 

-And hearing the emotion in my son’s voice when he says to me, “Mom, I am truly happy and I love doing what I am doing.”

    I could go on and on but God continues to whisper in my heart that my son has chosen an enviable life! 

 

 

First stop? The Nile River!

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Let me bring you up to date.  

My husband and I have experienced our first Christmas in a foreign land in order to welcome our newborn grandson into this world and to visit with our son and daughter-in-law.  We have packed up my son’s vehicle and have headed off to the place where they live.  But before we get there, we have a couple of side trips to make.  Unknown to us, our son and daughter-in-law had planned to take us on a dinner cruise on the Nile River for our first side trip.

You know, I was not aware that the Nile river flowed through Uganda.  My only country of reference concerning the Nile was Egypt (and Moses, of course)  I just didn’t remember my history and the work of the famous missionary/explorer David Livingston. 

As parents of a foreign missionary our horizons are definitely being broaden.  I cannot emphasize strongly enough the importance of visiting your missionary child on the field.  Being so far apart lends itself to feeling disconnected from your child and for a parent (and I feel the child as well) this is supremely difficult.  Because my husband and I were able to spend time with our son where he was serving, this disconnect was minimized.  And if the LORD is willing, we hope to return for visits as often as possible.

Not muddy like the Mississippi, but clear like the Nantahala!

Not muddy like the Mississippi, but clear like the Nantahala!

Things haven't changed much for some Nile travelers.

Things haven’t changed much for some Nile travelers.

 

My precious 3-some enjoying dinner on the Nile.

My precious 3-some enjoying dinner on the Nile.

I can't see the Nile, I only have eyes for my grandson.

I can’t see the Nile, I only have eyes for my grandson.

Deep conversations between father & son.

Deep conversations between father & son.

Happy Couple!

Happy Couple!

The negative thoughts (or what I refer to as fiery darts) are overwhelming when it comes to releasing your child to serve God in a land far away.  So take advantage of what I share with you in my blog and focus on the wonderful surprises God has in store for you because you have a child on the foreign mission field.  Yes, it’s difficult (I  cannot make light of that) but I have discovered by visiting my son on his field of service, there is more that I have to look forward to and  feel good about than I could have imagined.    You have given a great deal in releasing your child to God’s service as a missionary, therefore God has much to give you (in abundance) as a result.   Luke 6:38 says it all!

“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.”

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