Mark recently wrote a short article on "10 Ways to Encourage a Missionary." He contacted real live missionaries to ask them what would be encouraging to them on the field. Many of the suggestions they gave were very helpful, and things that I would have not thought of myself.
Our dear friends, who own the house we're living in, are getting ready to head to North Africa next week, so their departure is close in our minds and hearts. Watching them go through the process of getting ready to go, giving away most all of their belongings, saying good-bye to their family after visiting them for Christmas, and doing it all with grace, joy and great faith is humbling and sobering. It will be hard to say goodbye, but we are excited for them and for all that they will get to be a part of.