Missionary, Furlough, Shepherd's Staff

Furlough Objectives

  What exactly is supposed to happen while a missionary, or missionary family, returns to the States on furlough? Here is a podcast to help understand. This is the second Facilitating the Mission podcast focused on the missionary furlough. The first was titled, Why Missionaries Take Furloughs and is available to for download....

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Shepherd's Staff, Missionary Furlough

Missionary Furlough Gifts

While not necessarily examples of missionaries on furlough, missionaries would do well to consider the purposefulness of communication from Paul when he was preparing to visit churches and individuals (Romans 15:24, 1 Corinthians 16:5 and Philemon 22). Upon examination, we see opportunity for two spiritual gifts in tethers of connection between missionaries and...

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Missionary, Furlough, Shepherd's Staff

got furlough goals?

There is no lack of misunderstanding of the missionary furlough. Part of the confusion may be the language churches and mission organizations use for time off the mission field. Words like home assignment seem to be synonyms for furlough, but even that phrase falls short. Dictionaries don’t help when they...

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Missionary, Furlough, Shepherd's Staff

Why a Furlough?

Coming back to the States on a missionary furlough was always a strange experience. Preparing the ministry for our absence, subletting our home and arranging appointments from the field were only some of the preparation. Living out of suitcases as guests, we tried to meet with as many churches, supporters and family members as possible. Our time in...

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