Mission agencies have all different names for furlough now: Home Service, etc.
For all our information, the word furlough is a military term meaning a vacation or leave of absence. It’s also a prison term meaning a temporary leave of absence.
So maybe “home service” or some such term might be more accurate ;)
Anyway, maybe I’m sounding like a broken record here, but I just keep being struck by how wonderful, restoring, healing, healthy, yada yada, this time back in the States has been for me personally. All our visits back to the U.S. haven’t been this refreshing.
There was just a lot of negativity going on this last time in ministry, and personal frustration with home schooling and stuff.
Geesh, how many people get to just up, go away from the stress, and replant for a while? Then go back? I don’t know. Maybe more than I know. But it’s been a really good thing, is what I’m trying to say.
Things I’ve noticed: I’ve been enjoying a good homeschooling rhythm, happier, more positive relationships with my kids, being able to grow in a stable church that has lots of great leadership, be encouraged by older moms, sympathizing with those in the same phase of life, friendships with mature Christians, good friendships for my kids …
I’m just really thankful. I’m ready to go back, I think, maybe God knows better, but I miss our people and life in Ukraine. But how I am praying that all these good things will roll over with us when we go back. <3