The Theory of The First Year (3 of 5) Consider

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What should you be prepared to give up?

What are you willing to sacrifice?

As a family, you need to talk about these questions with your pastor and somebody who knows missions (language learning) to find out what you should be willing up to give up.

If you discover that you are not willing to make the necessary sacrifices, then maybe there needs to reconsider going. Saying, “God send me I’ll go!” should also mean “God I’m willing to give up what is necessary to fulfill that command.”

Here are some things to consider:

  • During your first year of language acquisition, your children might get behind in school.
  • During your first year of language acquisition, you might not see your kids as much as you want.
  • During your first year of language acquisition, a stranger might be taking care of your children.
  • During your first year of language acquisition, your kids might be going to a school where they don’t know anyone, they have no friends, and they can’t communicate with anyone.
  • During your first year of language acquisition, you might be scared, fearful or terrified because of the so many new things happening, and you can’t speak the language yet.
  • During your first year of language acquisition, you might need to sacrifice the amount of time you spend on social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest.
  • During your first year of language acquisition, you might need to limit email.
  • During your first year of language acquisition, you might need to limit blogging (Side Note: I think blogging during your first year is great because you will think of tons of things to write about. Your training is now practical application and will spark several ideas. If you don’t write these things down, you will forget them. Just schedule a time so you’re not spending more time than you should.)
  • During your first year of language acquisition, you will spend lots of money to learning the language. (If you don’t have enough money for language school or for a maid to watch the children, you have failed in budgeting or counting the cost before going. Please raise the amount you need and then some so there are no financial issues.)
  • During your first year of language acquisition, you might need to limit the number of things that you read in English. (Including blogs, books, articles… anything that just takes up your time but doesn’t have to do with learning the language.)

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