It is only by stepping out of our comfort zone, onto a plane, and into a foreign city that we realize there is no universal ‘normal’.
The things, food, customs, words and ideas that we believe are ‘just the way it’s done,’ are not so. I’ve seen un-contained pigs, chickens and dogs roam the busy city streets of East Timor. Siblings swapping babies and eating tree bark in Papua New Guinea. Road rules which are only suggestions, and bare-butt babies in China, and un-road-worthy trucks piled a mile high with strange goods rolling on the streets of downtown Malawi.
It’s only when we are away from home that we realize what home really is. Our normal, but not ‘normal’ universally. A place, but only the fringe of both the beautiful and awful that this world contains.
In her recent update, one of our short term missionaries in Argentina, Anna Snyder, reflects on this idea of home and tells her story.
“This past Saturday I was at Los Galpones playing with my little girl, Morena. At one point, she ran out of the building and sat down in the dirt in the courtyard. I walked up to her and asked her what she was doing. She said she wanted to go home. But she began tugging on my arm and telling me that she wanted me to go with her. I told her that I was not allowed to do that. So she said, “Well then let’s go to your house.” I told her that I lived far away and she couldn’t go to my house. She responded by starting to cry and telling me that she wanted to go to my house because she never wanted to leave my side. If that doesn’t make you tear up then I don’t know what will!
Through that experience I began thinking about where my home is, really. I grew up in Michigan, I am moving to Oklahoma, I am currently living in Argentina; where exactly is my home? Earth is not our permanent home. Our homes are in Heaven… I know that there is absolutely nothing more that I want than to have her in my home forever.”
By exploring the world outside of our homes, we realize what our homes are in the first place. A construction in many ways, both fleeting and comforting. For Christians, our earthly ‘homes’ are temporary if anything. More like a passing-through hotel to our real-life destinations.
We tramp and experience this earth, in want and on a journey to our true places of being, with our Heavenly Father. In shalom with Him forever!
Philippians 3: 17 – 21
“Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like His glorious body, by the power that enables Him even to subject all things to Himself.”
Our citizenship is in heaven! And until then, let us all fight the good fight of the faith (1 Timothy 6:12). Let us not get stuck in our homely normals and instead, pursuing obedience to Christ and the Great Commission, go into this world and brings others ‘home’ with us, forever.
Please join us in praying for Anna. She requests prayer for her health, and for “guidance in these kinds of situations with the kids would be much appreciated. I need God to give me the words to say, especially with the language barrier.”
Anna has decided to extend her stay in Argentina, and also still needs to see an additional $2900 come in towards her trip. Click here (link) if you would like to donate to Anna, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to purchase one (or more!) of her fundraising Tshirts! They are $23 each including postage.