You might think it strange but we are headed back to the States this summer (end of June to early-mid August) for home assignment. Why so soon? Three reasons.
First, our mission has a mandatory European conference every other year and we need to go on home assignment in the off years. So either we come this year or in 2014.
Second, we felt like it would be good to finish off the kids’ transition with a trip to the States. That will help them know that the States is not so far away after all. Hopefully, that will help them maintain a firm foot in both cultures.
And finally, I need to return to defend my dissertation so we’ll bring the whole family and make it a home assignment.
A few weeks ago I was asked to be the student speaker at a luncheon for the Kenneth Kantzer Society. This is a group of people who have made large donations to Trinity via some sort of planned giving and the luncheon was an expression of thanks from the University. The speakers included the president of the University (Dr. Carig Williford) on behalf of the administration, a professor (Dr. Perry Downs) on behalf of the faculty, and myself on behalf of the students. My job was to give a student’s perspective on how Trinity has impacted me and my ministry.
I’ve talked with people whose parents would often invite missionaries to stay with their family whenever they passed through on deputation. Some have told me what an impression it left on them to hear those missionary stories while growing up. They were amazed and even inspired at the sacrifice and faith they saw in missionary families who visited them.