Are you thankful for your Christian brothers and sisters? It can be hard to be thankful for them sometimes, especially the ones in your home country because they’re often so different from you. If you struggle to appreciate the Christians you meet when you’re home on furlough in the States (or wherever your home country is), consider the following:
Many of the Christians you’ll meet have not ever left the US. They don’t know what life in another country is like nor can they comprehend what having several different homes is like. One thing that you have in common is Christ. If you can’t find anything else to talk about, tell the person how God is working in your life or how He has in the past.
They’re doing their best to relate to you. Even though they can’t understand what it’s like to be an mk, they want to be a friend. Take time to listen to what they have to say and get to know them a bit. You can share with them some about your experiences as a missionary kid, but remember to listen, too. 🙂
The Christians you interact with could be supporters of your family both through prayer and finances. If you get a chance, thank them for their generosity and share with them how God is using their money and time to further His kingdom wherever you work.
Next time you have a hard time being thankful for the people God has placed around you, remember these tips and consider how you can be a blessing to others!
Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. -Philippians 1:3-6
Written by Jessica B.