"This life therefore, is not godliness but the process of becoming godly, not health but getting well, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not now what we shall be, but we are on the way. The process is not yet finished, but it is actively going on. This is not the goal, but it is the right road. At present, everything does not gleam and sparkle, but everything is being cleansed." --Martin Luther

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

It has been a most excellent time at the missionary care seminar. Several others decided to come at the last minute. One of the families has 4 girls as well so the kids are having a great time. We go to another house about 5 km away from 8-12 and leave the kids with some of the local ladies to watch. A lot of what we are learning is just a refresher from MTI but it has been almost 2 yrs since we were there. In the last month we had been looking through our manual essentially seeing where we came up short in our training. One of the things we have heard and learned first hand is that one of the greatest needs in the mission field is missionary care. There are a few mission agencies that are actively addressing the need but not many. One of the biggest things we have learned is you can not expect your church or mission agency to care for you, you must do what is necessary to care for yourself. That is one area that we failed in, we expected to be cared for and we should not have. We are NOT leaving because of burnout even though we have been in burnout for a while me (Brian) especially. Our/my mistake was we did not take the necessary actions to combat it. There was always more on the list to do and more other stuff that we saw that was more of a priority to get done, but everything was a priority (which means nothing was). So what did we try to do….we tried to do everything and that was wrong. We knew better but we allowed the pressures to get to us to get things done. I have to take the responsibility/blame for that, I did not say “no” soon enough when I knew I should. So now what? We learn from our mistakes and go forward. We trust the Lord to provide for ALL our needs. And we do what is necessary to heal up. This is just one of the many reasons why we must leave-one of the lessons we learned.

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