35 Years Of Experience

Happy New Year!

I have had a very special end to 2012 and first day of 2013. I have had the priviledge of being in Europe in the home of a veteran missionary of 35 years! I have learned so much from her caring heart and her wonderful hardworking example. She is a true Proverbs 31 lady. She pays such attention to detail, her home is immaculate, and she is a huge help to her husband in the ministry. She raised three children who love Jesus and have missionary hearts, one of them serving with her husband in Indonesia and the other two in the US. My children are calling her “Mimi” and never want to leave her house!

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I took advantage of it being my turn to post to ask her several questions. I am excited to share some of the things I learned.

I asked her, “What are some things you would like to share with young missionary wives and mothers in regards to helping your children have a good attitude about the mission field?”

She told me that the children’s attitudes will reflect the attitude of the parents. If the mother is excited about moving to a new place and starting a new adventure in life the children will be also. Consequently, if the mother is dreading the move to the field or focusing on the separation from family and friends then the children will also concern themselves with all the negative aspects of their move.

I think many missionary wives have heard this same advice from veteran missionaries showing us just how important our attitudes are when moving to the field and during the duration.

She also shared with me something that really touched me as a mother myself. She told me about how her family had been in the States visiting a supporting church not far from her parents’ home. A lady in the church approached her mother after the service and said, with a sympathetic look, “It must be so hard to have your only daughter and grandchildren so far away?”

Her mother responded in the most amazing way! She told the lady that she had never considered it to be hard. She was so happy her daughter and family were in Europe working diligently to serve the Lord. She had raised her daughter to love the Lord. How could she be so selfish to feel sad that God wanted her in another place?

What an amazing testimony. I pray that one day I will have both that attitude and children with a desire to serve Christ wherever.

One last gem of advice she gave me is to have a team mentality for life. Both in ministry and at home. Serving one another at home by cleaning, cooking, setting the table together, etc. Teaching the kids responsibilities at home that will carry into their own homes. Also be involved in ministries together. Don’t sit things out on account of the children, but involve them in any way you can. Help them to enjoy serving the Lord. This, too, will help them to love serving the Lord once they are out on their own.

I could never fit all I have learned in just one post. I am so thankful for the time i had been able to spend with her. I have learned so much and I have been so blessed.

“She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. Strength and honor are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and latest not the bread of idleness. He children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.” Prov. 31:24-28

 

Jillian

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