The thing about missionary life is that you leave, well, everyone. In less than thirty days we will be leaving our family, friends, church family, supporting churches, other missionaries, etc. I don’t really realize it and it is overlooked by being busy and involved in the work, but every once in awhile it hits home.
We have been traveling full time for 18 months now and we “come and go” as we present our ministry in the churches across America. But you never think when you are saying good bye, you are saying goodbye for years! You just think that you will see them again.
We have friends who left on a short term mission trip to Peru some months back and they aren’t scheduled to be back until after we leave. By our next furlough they may be arriving to their field of service, so who knows when we will see them next. The bad thing about having missionaries as friends and being a missionary, is it is hard to see each other if your furloughs don’t line up etc.
We have already said bye to friends and family in Ohio but I will be going back up just for a quick final trip as we have one more meeting up there.
Saying goodbye as a missionary is a little different than just saying goodbye. Yes, we should be able to fly home if there was an emergency, but no we won’t be home for Christmas, thanksgiving, and birthdays parties every year. I guess it is just part of the missionary life, saying “goodbye” probably means goodbye for years!