It's hard to believe, but it's getting close to the time for our family to return to the U.S. for a home assignment! In just a few short months we'll be saying hello to friends and family. It seems almost too good to be true.
This home assignment isn't a vacation, so what is it?
Why would we up and leave our work here to spend a period of time back in the U.S.?
The following list describes some of what our home assignment really is:
- A scheduled component of the work we do. It's required of us! Past experience has demonstrated that these periods of home assignment are a critical aspect of this job.
- An opportunity for our children to reconnect with their home culture. When your children start asking if all fast food restaurants in the U.S. serve rice, you know it's time to get them back for a taste of home.
- A time of spiritual encouragement, training, reconnecting with family and friends, and service in our home country. We are hungry to hear God's Word all in our own language, to give hugs to our family, to see you! and to learn more that will enhance our work here.
- An opportunity to share about God's work here in the area of the world where we live. We are accountable to give a first-hand report to those of you who have a vested interest in this work. (Acts 14:27)
- A season in which we will continue to live by faith in God's provision for us. We won't have a paying job during our home assignment, since it's just another element of our regular work, and we look forward to experiencing God's continued faithfulness to provide for us, as He has done so faithfully during our first term overseas!
In May of 2009 we left our home in the US.
Amy and Elise were not quite 13, and Michael was 9.
We will return this year with 16 year-old daughters and a 12 year old son,
all who are looking forward to American food!
We can't wait to see you all! ♥