Missionary Furlough, Shepherd's Staff

Gifts for Furlough?

While not necessarily missionary furlough examples, 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 two spiritual gifts in tethers of connection between missionaries and those whom love and support...

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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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Missionary Debrief, Shepherd's Staff, Missionary

Missionary Debriefing

Almost every missionary who has ever done it will tell you that the transition back to life in America is much more challenging than the transition was to life on the mission field. For reasons too numerous to mention in this post, re-starting life back in the U.S. poses greater...

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Missionary Furlough?

It can be very awkward when a missionary visits a supporting church and a well intentioned person welcomes them “home” and says it must be great to have a break from the work. Those with experience know the missionary furlough is anything but a break. They also know the furlough...

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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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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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