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What Does a Missionary on Home Assignment Do, Anyway?

What a missionary does on home assignment (aka furlough) differs from missionary to missionary, of course.  It also depends on the length of time they are home.  But one thing they don't do is sit around doing nothing!

Here are some of the things we've done this home assignment.

Attended Suzanne's graduation from Cedarville University.

Spoke at 12 different churches.

Visited our mission headquarters in Charlotte and had three very busy days of interviews and taking care of business.

Traveled over 14,000 miles by car and plane.

Slept in at least 16 different beds.

Spent time with family.

Created a prayer card.

Addressed envelopes to send out prayer cards and wrote personal notes to all of our supporters (over 200 envelopes addressed).

Had doctor and dentist appointments.

Bought some supplies to take back to Niger and packed them (John is amazing.  He's done all the packing this time!  Last time I ended up doing it all.)

Relaxed on our back deck.

Attended a wedding.

Watched fireworks.

Got to stay at a bed & breakfast and tour Amish country (thanks to the generosity of a friend!).

Enjoyed everything being so green.

It's been a great home assignment, but three months is just to short to fully relax and enjoy anything.  Two weeks from now we'll be back in Niger and it will feel good to get back into a routine!