I started writing this post and edited it more than once. One of my daughters (the one who can be as sarcastic as her mom) asked why I changed it, "It was funny before". Well, when you use sarcasm in conversation people can tell by your tone and expression that you are being sarcastic, when you write, it is easy to be misunderstood. So, here is the post (minus the funny stuff a.k.a sarcasm).
We have been on the field for over 12 years, and in that time we have had a grand total of 2 visitors from the US. One was a pastor from a supporting church (2003), and the other was a family that we had never met (2007). Both of these times were exciting and memorable. We still talk about them. We have invited a lot of people to visit us here...a LOT. We usually get a typical reaction.
1. A chuckle of disbelief..
2. A laugh of amusement.
3. A shake of the head.
4. A rude response
5. A positive response...for someday.
I admit, when we ask someone to visit and get one of these responses, or they just look at us as if we are crazy, it hurts. How would you feel if you invited someone to visit you, and you got such a response? This is where we live, where we work, where we serve.
Why do we want visitors?
We get lonely. This is probably the main reason. Any field can be a lonely place.
We would like to share our home and the city we call home, and those that we work and live along side, with those that we love.
We would like people to see what we see and experience what we experience on a daily basis. You will definitely be able to more intelligently pray.
We would like someone to understand, more than can be understood through our stories.
A fellow missionary wife wrote a blog post that got me to thinking along these lines again. I have thought this way many times through these years, and she expressed it so well.
I will link her post here, and hope that it gets someone to thinking about why we continue to ask you to visit us.
I really wish they understood
I really hope you understand.