Using What You Have

Intermissionary - Window

This picture reminds me of a woman I met a few months ago. She'd been working as a nurse in South Sudan for three years, and was home in the US on furlough.⠀

I asked what she missed most about South Sudan, and without hesitation she said, "my friends, I miss my friends." Then tears.⠀

She is at home resting, in a safe, soft bed, surrounded by her family and people who love her, and yet...the grief lurks just below the surface.⠀

This is why "are you happy to be home" is such a loaded question for global workers.⠀

LOVE. GRIEF. POVERTY. PLENTY. FRUSTRATION. JOY. GUILT.⠀

It can be overwhelming.⠀

I wonder, when my nurse friend slides into a long-imagined bubble bath in her family's lovely Dallas home, holding the glass of wine her mother just brought her, if all those feelings descend.⠀

I'll bet her joy is tempered by the faces of her Sudanese friends, who are, in this moment, losing husbands to civil war and children to starvation.⠀

So, should she skip the bath? The wine? The ministrations of her mother to do penance for this savage and unjust world?⠀

AT INTERMISSIONARY THE ANSWER IS ABSOLUTELY NOT!⠀

In fact, we want you to take the longest bath in history.⠀

We want you to throw open your bedroom windows, let the cool air in and slide back under the covers - sleeping late if you want.⠀

We want to serve you good coffee with heavy cream and listen as you tell us where you've been. ⠀

LET'S ALLOW THE WEST PLAY TO HER STRENGTHS, SHALL WE?⠀

You see, I have no nursing skills to offer a country in desperate need of them, but my friend does. Helping revitalize her health, her faith, her ambition and her spirit? That, I was born to do.⠀

And this is what the body of Christ working together looks like. Different roles, same goals. #LoveGod #Loveothers.⠀

Maybe you're not headed back to the field. Maybe you're headed "home" and it's scaring you to death.⠀

It's ok. We'll talk all that through. 

But first let's start with a hot bath, fresh air and a good cup of coffee.