Social media has been a blessing to me and probably a host of other missionaries who are separated from family and friends for what is often years at a time. This past weekend I saw pictures from a family wedding of so many people I love and care for deeply- I almost felt like I was there. I have to admit, I shed a few tears and wished I could have been to enjoy one of God’s most precious gifts, family. 

I’m not going to lie, it’s difficult to watch nieces and nephews you rarely see, grow up not knowing who you are. It hurts when you miss out on your own kids special life moments. Sporting events, plays, and getting a driver’s license are often taken for granted by some, but not all. Our daughter will graduate college and our son HS in May, but things being what they are, I probably won’t be able to attend because of God’s calling on my life to reach people here in Greece. One of the most difficult things is seeing loved ones pass away and not being able to share in those trying times with your family or friends. Still, I wouldn’t trade my life for any other.

I love my family and I love my friends, but I love Jesus so much more. And the best part is that He loves my family and friends far more than me. I just want my family to know and understand how much we love and miss each of them. I want them to understand the love of Christ personally so they too will understand why we are a continent away laboring to see others become members of God’s family… the most important family anyone can be a part of. 

“For I am not come to set a man variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” -Matthew 10:35-37