Missionaries serving in a closed Asian country sense more than ever they are being watched.
After the husband’s serious health issues, the couple is now returning to their area of service and new roles to navigate. The medical hoops were done in the midst of crisscrossing the country. Keeping watch on them was not an easy task.
Following training new teachers, new team leaders, and member care specialists in Asia, the couple experienced a few family moves themselves in the States: a daughter and her husband to Tennessee and soon after they moved the missionary wife’s father to South Dakota to an assisted living apartment.
For three weeks, the missionaries were in Colorado Springs, training new trainers and new coaches. The group members were from five continents, learning new skills for relating in new ways in their corners of the planet. Weeks of investing in cross cultural workers from around the world fits well with the missionaries’ call of “serving the servants.” They’re sure they were being watched there.
Next, they traveled to a member care conference in North Carolina. Not the ones training this time, they were sitting and learning … all the while being watched.
In the missionaries’ transition to return to their post of duty, they not only hope they will be watched, but they are grateful and confident that will be the case:
The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade … the Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever (Psalm 121).