Home Assignment Versus Furlough

This entry is intended to educate all of my loved ones about what our time in the USA will look like.  We are on Home Assignment – we are not on furlough.  A furlough is like a leave of absence and is usually granted to service personnel (i.e. Army, Navy, etc.); to prisoners; or are given as a type of temporary lay off from a job.

We are not on vacation or leave – and we have not been laid off as missionaries.  So – we are NOT on furlough.

We are on Home Assignment.  A home assignment is a normal part of our regular missionary service. The word assignment should give you a clue that we are in the USA on task. Home assignment is a time when we will:

  • Connect with supporting churches and individuals for accountability
  • Connect with prayer partners
  • Connect with potential donors to build up our support base
  • Hold fundraisers to raise capital funds for our large projects
  • Pursue development opportunities in our ministry and personally
  • Recruit workers for Ghana and for WorldVenture at large
  • Taking time for rest and restoration in order that we will be ready to return at the end of our time
  • Be involved in the local church where we will be based. (Dallas, TX)

One of the things that we will do most is TRAVEL!!  We will be based in Dallas, TX – but will be traveling as necessary to provide ministry updates to supporters and for any other special project that our church connections team deems appropriate.

A personal family task is helping Jeremy to transition back to the US as a college student AND to get some uninterrupted family time – which is nearly impossible when we are on the field.

This is our 2nd home assignment and we are looking forward to the journey and looking forward to watching God help us to achieve each of these goals so that we can return to the field in May 2014 in full physical, spiritual and financial health.