Three Weeks From Today . . . What is a “Home Assignment” or “Furlough” . . . Prayer Requests

UnknownWe are heading home to Dallas, TX in three weeks.  We will be at the airport at 6:45 AM with our approximately 20 bags ready to board the airplane for the 4 hour flight home.  It has been a good helpful, hard, challenging, year in Costa Rica learning Spanish.  However, I can feel the pressure starting to grow as we think about the things we need to do before we leave, and also as I think about the things we want to do when we are home.  One thing that we are realizing we cannot do when we are home is see everyone that we want to see (and we truly really want to see everyone.)  This trip is a short stay in the States to visit with our family, pack for the cooler climate of Peru, purchase things we will need there, do Visa work, and then last of all hopefully to rest just a bit.  It is not a true “Furlough” or “Home Assignment” if you are familiar with either of those terms.  Often (usually) families come home from the mission field for a minimum of three months and sometimes for a year to visit again with their supporters, raise new support if needed, rest, retrain (especially those who are in a professional field like medicine where being up to date is very important), and to process what they need to do in the upcoming years in their field of service.  There is a good article on a missionary furlough or home assignment at this link titled Why do Missionaries go on Furlough?.   It is likely that our first true Home Assignment will be during either the winter months of 2014 or 2015.  We will have to work our scheduling with the other missionaries who are serving at the hospital to be sure that the hospital remains well-staffed when we leave.  If you think to pray for us we have these prayer requests regarding this next transition.

  • We will finish our process of learning Spanish well. (Actually this will not be a finished product here.  The request is that we will make the most of the opportunities we have here at the school in this structured learning environment as “Senioritis” kicks in.)
  • That there will be peace and efficiency as we pack.
  • Good closure as we say goodbye to Costa Rica and our friends here.
  • That the kids will adjust well to two big changes in the next two months.
  • We will make all the connections we need to make when we are home.
  • That our friends and family who are supporting us for whom we are so thankful, especially those that we may not be able to see when we are home, will have merciful understanding of the short, business nature of this trip home.
  • That we could be a true blessing and encouragement to the friends and family we will get to see.
  • That we will process the guilt and regret we already feel in regards to how short this trip home is and how it limits our ability to visit with people we want to see.
  • That we are psychologically, physically, emotionally, and spiritually ready for the adjustment of living in the rural, isolated, mountains of Peru.

Thank you for praying and thinking of us here in Costa Rica.  I hope we see you soon!

5 thoughts on “Three Weeks From Today . . . What is a “Home Assignment” or “Furlough” . . . Prayer Requests

  1. You are so loved and prayed over! Excited you get some time with family before the move to Peru. Keep writing and posting pics…that keeps everyone feeling close to you!


    • Thanks Susan. Thanks for reading. We are glad to be coming home, although a little nervous regarding how busy we will be. I am glad you like the blog. It is fun to do, although there is often a struggle with “writers block”. However, we enjoy showing people at home what is going on. I think there will be even more to share in the coming year.


  2. Hi Allison – I know Ruth currently in BSF and I knew Margaret when she was in our class before she went to young adults, both wonderful ladies. I am a missionary mom of a daughter just finishing two years in South Sudan. I wanted to recommend a book to help you prepare for returning to America, title is “Reentry” and you can get it on Amazon in the Kindle version. It’s from the ’90’s but is still relevant and helpful regarding reverse culture shock. I am praying for your family and love to read of your adventures via your blog. Thanks for all of your posts!


    • Cindy, this is Will writing. I am glad to know you know my mother as well as having known Margaret in the past. We will look for that book. I am already seeing some of the stress of coming home in our kids. They will miss Costa Rica. I know that what seems like such a short time to us feels like a long time to them. I am praying they will do well through the transition. Thank you for the prayers and the book recommendation.


  3. I have read that book (Re Entry by Peter Jordan and it is a great help in realizing that it can be just as hard to go back to your home country as it was to launch to the nations. Only the people out in the nations expect it to bump you and give grace, where your friends and family often don’t realize that it can be hard for you to come back. Praying over your trip, your transition, and your new nest in Peru. So excited to follow your journey and inherit your rented house in San Jose. Much love, the Gnuses.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s