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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Counting the Cost

Karen and our youngest grandchild
Kenzie Mariah McDonald

Karen and I love being missionaries!

We love Russia. We love the Russian people and we feel very much at home in Russia. We miss our friends and our apartment and our daily life in Russia whenever we are in the U.S.

With that said there are some costs to being a missionary:

  • Cultural Stress
  • Loneliness at times
  • Feeling different almost all the time
  • Being misunderstood in a foreign culture
  • Being misunderstood at times by those who support you and send you
  • Felling inadequate for the task
For us, however, it is a big thing to leave our families behind. We see our children and grandchildren at best once a year. I have family in Indiana that I haven't seen in four years. We have one grandson that we have not seen in two years.

We are not complaining. We would not trade our work for anything. We don't want to be living in America at this point in our lives. We have counted the cost and we think IT IS WORTH THE PRICE!

The Bible says in Luke 18:29-30

So He said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life."

We see people come to Christ nearly every week. We see lives changed by the power of the Gospel. We see people who make good decisions when we give them counsel. We are enjoying being spiritual parents to so many young, new believers.

We believe that the best thing we can do for our children and grandchildren is to wholeheartedly serve the Lord in the ministry that He has called us to. We are leaving them a rich spiritual heritage by our obedience to the call of God on our lives. The price is small compared to the rewards we reap now and we will continue to reap for generations and into eternity.

We want to say thank you to all of you who pray for us and support us as we live and minister in Russia. we couldn't do it without you.

1 comment:

Amrita said...

Michael and Karen you areGod 's foot soldiers. There many blessings in store for you.

Kenzie is such a sweetie .