Recently I described my new favorite morning routine while I set the kids up for virtual schooling. Once things hit an even keel, I tackle last night’s dishes and take in one of my fave missions podcasts.
Let’s face it: The world of missions is vast and full of diverse opinions and ideas. Thankfully, here’s no singular method to show the world the Savior we love.
I awake. Soon, it’s morning coffee, dishes from last night, and a missions podcast. It’s become my new routine as my kids settle into their virtual classes for the day.
In sharp contrast to what I see and experience in my stateside Christian community, most days the world I hear through these podcasts includes stories of persecution. Discipleship-making movements.
“You really don’t know your cousins’ birthdays, do you?!” It was the kind of cultural moment that made me mentally cringe like I would with, say, a loud potato chip eater in the airplane seat next to me.
That was an odd question or statement, I thought. What did he mean?
There it was again: the culture clash.
Yeah, I understand that you don’t like surprise changes in plans, I mentally retorted to my son.
Your life might be on lockdown in much of the U.S. due to coronavirus. Could this be the perfect time to press into God’s leading in your life? You can spend extra time digging into his Word and watching documentaries and biographies of global outreach workers that have gone before you.
Watching missionary biographies can be a tremendous source of encouragement—and a wealth of knowledge.
By Rebecca Skinner
Today, we’re excited to hear again from Rebecca Skinner. She’s an MK and adult TCK from Central and South America.
So many factors, really, had sifted out what felt like the remaining solution: It was time to leave.
Among the factors: My husband’s job (he was moved to leadership, and had effectively mentored a national to take over his position). My kids’ education. Other family factors we batted back and forth, scouring for solutions until it seemed this was really the only way to love well.
What should you do?
Missionaries and other voices weigh in.
I’m going out on a limb here, so I’ll put some disclaimers up in advance.
This post points out bad aspects you’ll not hear us normally say. It doesn’t mean I’m unhappy or unfulfilled.
I know what the Bible says and can give a counterpoint to each of these. For example, when I share how we feel about shortchanging my children, I know that there are 100 positive things that people can point out to me.