|Six weeks in Europe tenting with a 1 and 5 year old was my first mission trip.|
Today, I want to cheer for the one that stays home. It is important that you help your husband, wife or children that stay home to be included and also have a good experience.
|Another summer ... another missions trip. Please don't mock the hair and clothes.|
Here are some tips I have learned in 25 years of sometimes being the one that stays at home. (I am going to keep this simple by referring to the husband as the goer and the wife as the stayer, even though these roles are often reversed.)
Before the trip:
1. Pray together about each mission trip. I liked being a part of the decision.
2. Leave an itinerary with your spouse, with flight numbers and contact information. Dave was in Senegal when my mom died and I was grateful for knowing how to get a hold of him. (Having an i.pad helps with some of this, but sometimes the internet service is wonky.)
I always told Dave, that I never wanted to hear of a plane crash while he was traveling and not know his flight number. (wouldn't you agree?)
3. The night before Dave leaves, he always prays for us and our home. And I often pray that the joy does not leave our home when Dave departs.
4. Gifts, cards and surprises that Dave leaves me always help. One time he wrote "I LOVE YOU" on my desk with m and m's.
When the girls were little he would leave them a new video each time he left, and I would get some time to myself while they watched it. (over and over again)
I leave cards in Dave's suitcase, too.
|A mission trip in Switzerland ... (I know)|
My next post will have more tips for during and after the mission trip.
Linking to the lovely Soli sisters ~ any of you going on mission trips this summer?