I should start off by explaining why I ever hated furlough. To be honest, hate is probably too strong of a word… Let me explain.
When Lori and I left for the field years ago, I knew without a doubt I was doing what God had for our family. As people were saved and lives were dramatically changed, we fell in love with our new church plant the wonderful Chilean people He had given us. As the years passed the bonds of friendship grew ever stronger. I knew I belonged in Chile. These people were now my friends, my family.
The thought of setting aside the ministry for nearly a year seemed rather ludicrous! What pastor would ever walk away from his church for several months, much less a year! I hated the thought.
Our furlough time finally came around after serving in Chile for 6 years and 3 months. We came back to the states in June, 2011. Since then, I’ve come to love furlough for many reasons. My mindset has completely and totally changed. What made the difference? I’ll tell you in the following blog posts.
*I’m writing this blog series mainly to help young missionaries understand the benefits of furlough and also to give the rest of you a glimpse into the lives and thoughts of foreign missionaries. I hope it will be a help.
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