Why I'm Here, Not There

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

One of my CMW team mates asked me the details of our leaving Papua. Well, hmm. We were missionaries with MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship), serving in Indonesia. My beloved was flying a Cessna 206 in the jungles of Papua (Irian Jaya, for you old-school types), and maintaining the computer systems of the mission community there. He was loving the work and found it very challenging. I loved living in a cross-cultural context, and raising a family there.
One weekend we were on holiday, and it all changed. Playing games at a pool, my beloved hit his head on the bottom of the pool. Praise God he was not killed or paralyzed, which we later found out was the usual result of the injury he sustained.
From that moment on our lives have been different. Beloved gets dizzy at altitude. Do you want a pilot who is dizzy at altitude? Neither does the FAA. While this is heartbreaking, Beloved himself would not get behind the controls of a plane again, FAA or no. There was plenty of computer work to be done, but, in the end, we felt that God was calling us home to America.
Adjusting has been hard, especially for Beloved, who is still learning to live with a constant headache and certain limitations. Still, we are so thankful for his life, and that he's not paralyzed. God continues to do work in and through us, only now we're in Seattle.
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  • JUDITH316
    Thank you Nan for sharing this blog, for sure my prayers will be with your husband, it isn't an easy road for sure. I didn't realize how close you live to me, I'm from Vancouver, BC Canada, really, it's just a drive across the Border, I've been to Seattle in years past, who knows maybe we will have the opportunity to meet one day, now that would be so cool. Take care my friend, God's Blessings and Hugs as always.. emoticon
    3075 days ago
  • STACEYM980
    Hi Nan, I finally got a second to read this blog. Thank you so much for sharing it! My goodness, praise God for sparing your husband! I can imagine that was a difficult transition and that you were really challenged to trust him to go down a path different than what you had imagined! And, I believe that God will work IN and THROUGH you, no matter where you are! Thank you for sharing your journey with us!
    3282 days ago
    Thank you for sharing, Nan. I'll be praying for you as you make this big transition in your lives. If you'd like to talk on the phone to vent or share or debrief or anything else, let me know.

    3287 days ago
  • MUJU71
    Oh, Nan. Our lives sometimes do a flip-flop when we least expect it. But we can be sure that nothing takes our Father by surprise. Praying for you!
    3288 days ago
    Dear Nan! Dearest Nan! I pray for you a lot. Now I can pray even more and better.


    3288 days ago
    God sure has a way of keeping us trusting, we sure miss you guys here but know God has great plans for your there. Keep blessings those wonderful men of yours, the ministry at home with DH and DSs doesn't change even if the physical location of our house may. I have found being in shape is one of the best ways to be ready to serve wherever God opens a door, so keep striving!
    3288 days ago
    I knew that you all left the field, but didn't know the specifics. I'm so sorry. I will pray for your hubby's condition and that the Lord will continue to lead you. One thing I have learned over the years is that those who serve, even for a short time, never lose their burden for missions and have a mission's heart. This is always a blessing to those of us who are still on the field, because not many have it. You are a blessing to the team and me! So glad you are still here.
    3288 days ago
  • CAROLYN0107
    Thanks so much for sharing nan. I had not heard about your husband's pool accident or at least I don't remember it. Praise the lord he wasn't killed nor paralyzed! You sure DO belong on this team. Once a Missionary, always a missionary. It's more of a state of Heart!
    3289 days ago
    Thank you for sharing, Nan. God has a plan and even though we don't understand, it is always for our good and His glory. I just finished up a Bible study with a group of women at my new church. We studied Moses and the exile. It amazed me when I read this:

    "And God said, 'I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.'" Exodus 3: 12

    God said this to Moses while he was but a shepherd standing on Mt. Sinai. Long before God sent him to Egypt to bring out the people. If you look at a map...going to Caanan from Egypt is a straight shot...but God, as you know, took the Isralites the LONG way around...Mt. Sinai was not on the way. BUT, God knew all along that He was going to take them the long way around.. He knew what He was doing.

    Often life seems like we are off the straight path, wandering through the wilderness...but for us Christ followers...we can trust we are on His path. Our job is just to stay connected to Him.

    You are still a missionary...your mission field is Seattle!!

    Blessings, my friend!

    3289 days ago
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