We 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!