There is at least one thing Southeast Asia and Jamaica have in common: they’ve stolen our friends. I hesitate to actually say it that way but- that’s how it can seem in missions. You trade your comforts as well as your companions for the cause of others and, when it enters the arena of those you are close to, it gets a little painful. Throughout the years, we’ve become accustomed to it; we say things like: “see you on the other side” and other such lame-sounding-but-I-don’t-know-what-else-to-say phrases.
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“Why don’t you write a blog about being a mom in missions?”
When someone first suggested this idea to me, I was a little hesitant. It’s not an endeavor that is very demanding or difficult; it’s a fairly simple concept- I mean, I’m already guaranteed at least one reader, right?
What is the Gospel? As a missionary, I’ve begun to ask myself this question regularly. Not because the answer ever changes, but rather because it’s necessary to remind myself daily why my wife and I do what we do. Every time, it rekindles both the joy of my salvation and the joy of sharing with others what I believe is the best news anyone could ever receive.
I had just arrived at YWAM Yosemite at the beginning of the fall Discipleship Training School. All the other students were getting to know each other with excitement and anticipation. I, on the other hand, was sitting in an office with my school leaders, explaining why I wanted to leave. “I just don’t think YWAM is the right place for me right now,” I was telling them.
Our vision is to create an entirely self-sustaining base, to get involved in local communities via farmers’ markets and outdoor education, to create discipleship opportunities through skill-building seminars, to take tools (such as aquaponics) to countries and villages that lack food and income sources, and so much more.