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Going Home

All of the REACH Teams are now back at the Rosedale International Center for a week of re-entry activities. These two reflections from Danae and Sarah of Team Eurasia talk about the struggles of going home and the need to continue putting their faith in the God who takes care of us no matter where we are.

Have Faith

By Sarah

I always joke that I'm not coming home, but surprise, I am. With leaving to come home, there are many questions that follow. Questions like how do I prepare my heart for this? How do I say goodbye to strangers who are now family? How do I just pack up my bags and come home?

I've met a lot of different people and each one has a story. They have passions, goals, dreams, and fears just like me. It was always interesting to hear where they were and how they got to where they are now. Sometimes it was hard to hear someone's story, to listen to all they have been through, or even what they're facing now. I remember I would laugh so hard that I would cry as I would hear stories. Sometimes I would be overwhelmed with sadness and would cry with them. However, people like to be heard, refugee or college student. Everyone has a story. A few weeks ago, I was really struggling with the thought of leaving. This time I'm leaving and not coming back. I’m not going to a new country, I'm coming home. It's time for a new transition. A good but hard transition. As I was talking to our Father, He showed me that I was scared. I was scared to leave, move on, and to let go. This is all I've known for the past nine months. Coming home would mean to leave this and part of me still isn't ready.

"You came on this adventure to find me and you did... What makes you think this is over?”When I finally just sat and waited on our Father, He began to speak. He reminded me of these verses,

“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 29:12-14 MSG).

“Remember these? I gave them to you in the way beginning. My child, oh my child. This adventure was a lot of things, but mostly these verses. Throughout this adventure, I came to you. I met you right where you needed me. You grew into me and what I had for you these past nine months. It wasn’t easy, I know. Days were hard and long, but I never left you. Lots of questions follow you, but remember to whom you belong. You came on this adventure to find me and you did. You put your whole heart in this. What makes you think this is over? Oh my precious child, just because you’re traveling home, I’m still right beside you. We’ll go home and you’ll take what you learned and we’ll apply it at home. Going home will be hard, I know, but have faith dear one. Have faith.”

Going Home

By Danae

As I look back on our time in Eurasia it’s really neat to see the different things that our Father has been showing me about himself, his people, and me. Something that has been on my mind recently is what going home looks like. What does it look like to live for our Father in my home community? While in this program we are so intent on building relationships and sharing about our awesome Father and his love. Despite the challenges we may face we are more than excited to just try and see what happens. My question is, why is living in the United States different? I find that when I go on a missions trip it is easier to be intentional about building relationships and sharing Jesus because that is what I am supposed to do. But this doesn’t make sense.

Am I not called to make disciples wherever I go? It is crazy how in the United States I will not face nearly as many cultural and language barriers as I do here. Yet so often I take for granted the ease at which I have to share Jesus. So what does it come down to? Is it scarier? Am I too busy with life? Does it feel more awkward? I think Jesus would want me to make time in my life to share about him even if it is potentially awkward and scary. Better yet I believe Jesus would like to be the first priority in my life and have everything else come later. I imagine he wants to come before my job, family, friends, church, etc. As I think about going home I want to go with the mindset of having my heavenly Father at the forefront of my life. I want my desire for him and my desire to share him to take precedence over everything else. I want to continue to put myself out of my comfort zone and continue to search for ways to share at home. Because isn’t home as much of a mission field as here?

Please keep all of the REACH participants in your prayers as they reflect on what they have learned in the last nine months and how they can put those lessons into action back at home.