The bittersweet experience of overseas ministry

Luke 18:29-30

29 And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, 30 who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life.”

My brother and his family were here this past week. It was a great time together. I have never heard the word ‘Awesome’ so many times in one week. We have not seen them for over three years. As they were about to leave, our youngest stated, ‘Why do other people get to have their uncles and aunts close? Why do we always have to say good-bye?’

A great question and not one that I can answer fully. It is sweet to spend time with family and friends while serving on a foreign field, but bitter to have to send them off and say ‘Good-bye.’

Yet, this is where the Lord has sent us to work. there has never been a doubt about it. This has become home. We do love it here, but we would admit the hardest part about this work is being away from our family.

The key thing that we can take comfort in is the mercies and promises of God. He gives us promises in His Word about this very thing and one thing we can say is that our family will be able to be with our family, that knows Christ, throughout eternity. So, sweet reunions in this life and the next.

A double comfort in those bittersweet times of saying ‘Good-bye.’

Better yet, see you later in this life or the next. Whichever the Lord wills.

The adventure continues…
Russ, Cathy, Becca, Hope, Joshua and Caroline