FURLOUGH… The word can be one of the most dreaded or one of the most delightful for a missionary family. Yes I know other terms are used now: “home-assignment”, “stateside ministry”, or some call it “vacation”!
Veteran missionary Don Sisk has this brief article regarding furlough, explaining that missionary furloughs have changed over the years. He also reminds us that reporting back to the sending churches is a Biblical practice, as seen in Acts 14.
But I believe that a missionary family can view furlough in two very different ways. Imagine these two scenarios: A missionary is preparing for furlough and someone from his congregation comments “It must be nice to have such a long vacation!” He wryly replies: “I’m going to spend the next 12 months dragging my family from one end of the country to the other begging for money.”
In the other scenario, A missionary is explaining that he will be reporting to the churches and individuals that support him, but then asides “How cool is it that I get to take my family on a tour of some of the most beautiful areas of our country!”
You can easily see some of their perspective on furlough, and can certainly imagine the difference in the children’s views coming from these families.
Merriam-Webster dictionary defines furlough as: a leave of absence from duty granted especially to a soldier.
While we as Christians should all view ourselves as soldiers, we recognize that some battlefronts are more difficult than others.
Having said all that, here is our currently confirmed furlough schedule. We are working on other meetings that are only penciled in so far, and will update the schedule as needed.
Arrive in USA – Second Week of Aug.
The Wilds, Brevard NC – Aug. 13-18
Grace Baptist, Wilmington NC – Aug. 19
Community Baptist, South Bend Indiana – Aug. 26
First Baptist, Brainerd, and Deerwood Baptist, Minnesota- Sept. 2
Highlands Baptist, Centennial Colorado – Sept. 9
Vista, Temple Texas – Sept. 16
Philadelphia Baptist, Rutledge Georgia – Sept. 22-26
Hillsdale Baptist, Tampa Florida – Oct. 7-11
Berean Baptist, Portsmouth Ohio – Oct. 14
Bible Baptist, Matthews North Carolina – Oct. 20-24
Calvary Baptist, Findlay Ohio – Oct. 28-31
Calvary Baptist, Huntsville Alabama – Nov. 1-4
Fellowship Baptist, Eufaula Alabama – Nov. 7
Catawba Springs, Apex North Carolina – Nov. 11-14
Faith Baptist, Davison Michigan- Nov. 18
Highland Baptist, Johnson city Tennessee – Nov. 25
Highlands Baptist – Lakeland Florida – Dec. 2
Fairview Baptist – Decatur Alabama – Dec. 9
Westgate Baptist, Dothan, AL – Dec. 16
Finally, here is a helpful post for missionaries to keep in mind as the plan their furlough: 10 Tips