25 Jul “Going Home” by Kitty Holt
It first happened several years ago when my son came home from a week-long mission trip to Belize. Within minutes of being home, he commented that he loved Belize and the people so much, he felt like Belize was his home. His comment stung, but I said nothing as I pondered how in the world one week in a place could feel like home. He went back to Belize a couple of years later, and the comment came again.
Two years ago I had the opportunity to go on my first mission trip, a six-day trip. I, too, fell in love with the people who lived and worked there. On my last morning there, I found myself on realtor.com checking out homes in the area! I thought back to my son’s comments and chuckled to myself as I thought “Oh, now I get it!”
As the chair of CCF’s Global Outreach team, I have talked to a number of people who have come “home” from their time abroad, but they don’t feel at home. The place they left, they feel, is really their home.
One of CCF’s short-term partners serving in Asia is in the US for the summer. Speaking about Asia, she calls it her “home abroad” and says she “really feels at home there.”
In the fall, CCF will be hosting a conference for area mission teams, and one of the items on our agenda is discussing how to offer support to those who are “home” from their time abroad. To us, they may be “home,” but their heart may be elsewhere.
As you have the opportunity to interact with those who are “home” from time away, whether they served for one week or ten years, keep in mind that God has changed their hearts, and they also have a home elsewhere.
And, keep in mind that all followers of Christ also have a home elsewhere. Let’s work to invite others who do not yet know Him to that home.
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ… (Philippians 3:20)