Being a missionary and being forced to stay home. The same?

One thing we try to do is give you a taste from time to time of what its like to be a missionary. Since most of you are “locked” in your homes for a bit I was thinking of some parrells to mission life and CoVid lockdown life. So here we go:

1. Since our grocery store is 3+hrs one way away, we go and get enough groceries to last us every 6 weeks. Not saying we hoard TP but we get 2 big packs. šŸ˜

2. Adjusting to a “new normal”. Well that’s part of our job. It’s no fun but one of our coping mechanism is “anchor moments”. (Next week’s post). But a quick preview. Find a few things your family can do every week and make it special.

3. Locking ourself inside our house or gated area for 2 days is normal. For the missionaries who live in a village setting this is the only way to get some rest and recharge your battery.

4. Being isolated from family and friends is part of the game. Not much to add here except we are thankful for 3G, cheap phone data and WhatsApp video and Skype. But as your finding out it isn’t the same.

5. Do you miss church yet? The live music, small groups, talking to people, organized teaching for your kids. Yep we get gathering around a computer to listen to a sermon back home. But church can also rock here but it’s just not the same.

6. Need a break from your spouse or kids after being couped up with them for an extended period of time? Run out of things to do? We need breaks too but over here were all we got. So we improvise with what we have.

7. Working from home is normal. Which leads back to #6.

Ok so humor me and comment below if you agree or disagree and feel free to add some more.

Jeremy

3 thoughts on “Being a missionary and being forced to stay home. The same?

  1. There certainly are parallels, and we here in the States should not complain because at least we’re in familiar surroundings, the electric works continuously and that weekly (or substitute your time schedule) trip to the grocery store is still to a familiar place with familiar (if missing) products whereas I can imagine that your grocery store is stocked with some different foods. (I was just in a big grocery store in Uganda and saw much that was familiar, and some that was definitely not.) But there are parallels to be sure!

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