By the time you read this, I’ll be on my way to Zambia with RiverCross. We’ll be conducting a leadership training for 12 Zambian leaders for two days. And then these leaders will lead a workshop to equip 125 Zambians who are working with orphans and vulnerable children.
I’m super excited. But here’s the hard part…
I will be gone from home for 11 days. And during those days the beauty of ordinary life will go on without me. While I’m gone, Piper will swim in her last swim meet of the year. Cameron will find out whether or not he’s been accepted to his first-choice college. And I’ll miss out on several days with Katya while she’s home from her school-camp.
There’s never a good time to be away from home. And even though it is hard, I know it’s right. We all know it’s right. Here’s how.
Although I still have children at home, they are older. We miss each other, and they still need me. But not in the way they did when there were little. This is a new season.
Not only do I believe in what I’m doing. but Bill and the kids believe in what I’m doing. They see the value of RiverCross and stand with me. They understand that they are engaging in this work as they send me out. My family believes in the ministry.
Bill is incredible. He can manage the household like a boss. But we also have family and friends around who are quick to invite the family for dinner and help with transportation while I’m gone. Without this support, it wouldn’t be possible.
We all have such a sense of God calling me to this work. We see God’s hand in the way he has prepared me, equipped me, and positioned me. I couldn’t justify the cost to our family without being called.
As meaningful as the work is, being away from home several times a year is hard. But we know it’s right.
What are you doing or have you done for the sake of serving Christ that has been hard on your family? Do you know that it is right, or are you wondering? Let’s connect on Facebook. I’d love to pray for you, and I’d love for you to pray for me!