And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" Then I said, "Here I am! Send me." Isaiah 6:8
I have called several countries "home" throughout the course of my life. I have been asked over the years as a missionary where do you call home? America is my home, my biological family is here and it is where I come to reconnect and visit with all who support me as a missionary. Kenya is my home, it is where my husband and his family are from. It is also where I live and serve as a missionary. One side of "home service" is getting to spend time with family and friends. It was very refreshing to have time with my family and some very dear friends and to share about life and ministry. Michael and I are thankful beyond words for their love and support.
Home service is a regular part of missionary life and the other side is that of "service" a continuation of work. It is a time for missionaries to visit supporters to report on their ministries and raise support. Every missionary that serves through the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod uses the network support model (NSM). Each LCMS missionary works to build a personal network of financial supporters. They intentionally engage a group of supporters – individuals and congregations to partner with them in praying, giving, telling, or sending. Staying connected to supporting individuals and congregations is an important part of mission work. Our visits took us to Florida, Missouri, Arizona, Iowa and Wisconsin. Home service comes with its stressors. Living out of a suitcase, staying in different homes and lots of traveling. We have met some amazing people and have been greatly encouraged by many. It was a blessing being able to share the story of what God is doing in Eastern and Southern Africa with our supporters.
partners in mission
Mission Central (missioncentral.us) is a place where people are “NOT NORMAL.” Gary Thies, Rev. Brent Smith and over 100 volunteers serve to support missionaries and share the Good News of Jesus with many. Nestled in the corn fields of Iowa, many visitors come to meet and hear about the ministries of the missionaries, to visit the barn which is filled with treasures from around the world and the Creation museum. Michael and I enjoyed our time there and we are thankful to be a part of a group of people who are “NOT NORMAL.” If you are not able to get there, please visit their website.