Support Raising Missionaries - How to tell a family raising support

How to Tell a Support Raising Family

A support raising family has some unique qualities.

There are definitely ways to tell that a missionary family is in a season of raising support for missions.

There are some small, funny, interesting ways to tell us apart from other families.

Support Raising Missionaries - How to tell a family raising support

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. They might go to school for a time and homeschool for a time… it just depends.

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?”

Support Raising Missionaries - How to tell a family raising support

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. Try it. Our marriage is better for it.

10. They can’t remember where they are going to be 2 days from now. But the one doing the scheduling knows where they’ll be every Sunday for the next year.

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. Like dance and party news.

16. Selling belongings is exciting. and crazy hard.

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…” or “that friend from that country…”

19. People who have traveled are like family

20. They watch the weather in numerous cities, states and countries

21. They just have this look.

Support Raising Missionaries - How to tell a family raising support

22. They haven’t seen their mail in weeks but don’t worry… someone is checking it. Thanks, Mom!

23. They think in percentages of budgets and time

24. They can’t remember what it is like to sleep in their own bed. Especially when that bed is in another country.

25. Every time they get in the car the kids ask, “How long is this trip?” and the parents can feel proud knowing their kids can go 4 hours without a bathroom stop.

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 in the support raising process

33. They see God at work every day and have the most amazing stories. You can see “A Day in the Life” here.

Support Raising Missionaries - How to tell a family raising support

34. They can go from super happy to super discouraged to super excited to super frustrated pretty quickly. Feeling emotional is no joke in this transitional life.

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 but have learned to make their own great coffee for those times when coffee is unavailable.

38. They have really cool clothes in their suitcases.

Support Raising Missionaries - How to tell a family raising support

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. And always learning new skills.

Support Raising Missionaries - How to tell a family raising support

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!

46. They get dressed up for the first time in a few years to take a family picture for prayer cards and literally have no idea what to do with their dressy selves.

Support Raising Missionaries - How to tell a family raising support

47. They laugh really hard at each of these videos. Seriously funny stuff to a support raising family.

48. They have to prepare their kids for furlough, which is not always an easy task. Uhm… they’ll have to wear shoes. and coats. for a whole year. Craziness. Because you know you are preparing for furlough when

49. They have a to-do list of restaurants and experiences going all the time.

50. They handle togetherness really well and have learned a lot about stress.

If you have never been close to a support raising family, I hope this helps give you a glimpse into our lives. A peek behind the prayer card.

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!

Following on twitter, instagram and facebook can help give you daily snapshots into what we are up to on this journey… enjoy coming along with us!

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