We are learning so much already in our short missions/support raising career…
Realizing that there are some small, funny, interesting ways to tell us apart from other families.
Some very real ways to tell a support raising missionary family…
In no order whatsoever…
1. Their facebook status always has some random city listed with it
2. Their suitcases are always packed
3. Driving 3 hours to church is a short ride
4. They do homeschool in vans, trucks, libraries, church nurseries and other interesting places
5. Their kids take turns sleeping on the floor in hotel rooms
6. They don’t know how to answer the question, “Where are you from?”
7. They have enough charge cords in their vehicle to charge 10 electronic devices
8. They have enough paperwork to keep them busy for days
9. iPhone apps are always recording or tracking something
10. They can’t remember where they are going to be 2 days from now
11. They have to check their calendar to see where they will be sleeping next week
12. They don’t always know where they will even eat their next meal
13. Their vehicles look like they are lived in… because they are
14. A phone call from a pastor makes their day
15. An email with support information is big news
16. Selling belongings is exciting
17. Mileage numbers and gas prices are very important things
18. Their kids say things like, “You know… my new friend from that one church…”
19. People who have traveled are like family
20. They watch the weather in numerous cities, states and countries
21. They have the dates of Sundays memorized for the next 9 months
22. They haven’t seen their mail in weeks
23. They think in percentages
24. They can’t remember what it is like to sleep in their own bed
25. Every time they get in the car the kids ask, “How long is this trip?”
26. An afternoon at home feels like a vacation
27. Their contacts and friends list grows every day
28. They are very thankful for family and friends
29. They realize how much they need the body of Christ
30. They want people to remember that, even with all these differences, they are still the same people
31. They also want people to take the time to get to know the new people they are becoming.
32. They wholeheartedly believe that every little bit helps
33. They see God at work every day
34. They can go from super happy to super discouraged to super excited to super frustrated pretty quickly
35. They end the day truly loving their job
36. They appreciate every text, email, phone call and card… even if they can’t always respond
37. They think coffee/food/store gift cards are priceless
38. One filled out commitment form can make them jump for joy
39. They are way behind on new movies, new music, new TV shows… new things in general.
40. They are busy reading about other cultures, languages, religions and lifestyles.
41. Their families frequently ask, “Where are you now?”
42. They are prepared for anything.
43. They live by a schedule but must be ready to step out of the schedule at any moment.
44. They live by the rule “Flexibility is key.”
45. They make lists like this to process life!
If you have never been close to a support raising family, I hope this helps give you a glimpse into our lives.
If you have been there, I’m sure you can relate to many of the things on this list.
If you are thinking of becoming missionaries, I hope this helps get you ready for what is to come!
I’m sure our list will grow!