Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Homeward Bound

It's been a long furlough--stateside assignment for those familiar with the SBC's International Mission Board terminology. We have been stateside since November. That was at least ten pounds ago for me. Okay, so maybe it was closer to fifteen. That's what happens when you visit church after church that feeds you a meal or two, accept numerous invitations to eat out, and rationalize eating by telling yourself it's the last time you will get to eat here or there.

Aside from gaining a few pounds, we did accomplish a lot this furlough. Let me just name a few of them:

  • We have networked with a number of churches, who will help us in South America
  • We trained men and women to serve as strategic partners
  • We spoke in about 30 different churches in 3 different states
  • We watched our daughters move forward in life
  • We enjoyed the company of our brothers, sisters, and mothers

That is just a small sampling of a long 9 months of time away from our ministries. Now we are more than rested and more than ready to get back into the swing of things.

We are headed to a country we have called "home" for almost 20 years. Yes, come August 29th we are homeward bound.


Anonymous said...

Hey Kevin,

I'm a fellow "long term" IMB'er. God bless. I know how you feel. We have been in the same boat with leaving the kids, long SSA, gaining that extra 10 (or is it 15) lbs. We are on the field now and trying to figure out how to take a good, effective, but short SSA next year.

Keep at it and God bless and guide.


Kevin, Somewhere in South America said...

Hi, Rick,

We feel your pain! That is something we are looking at, too. We are thinking on the line of 30-month terms, so that we are home for Christmas one time, but for the hot MS summers the other. We also plan for 3 month STASes; I think our work will progress more smoothly that way.

Thanks for reading, praying, and, most of all, your ministry.