The cabin door opens, and you are hit in the face with smog and people everywhere. You’re barely five minutes out of the airport and traffic resembles something like an Indy 500 race with bumper cars. Grocery shopping now requires using Google translator to determine what you are buying. You feel tension between giving yourself to your new culture and spending too much time on Zoom with those from back home… these are all difficult realities of the mission field.
These examples, though, are but inconveniences compared to what some missionary families have faced in recent weeks, months, and years. One couple reached the point of exhaustion and was forced to come home to recoup mentally, emotionally, and physically only to return to a country facing political unrest, rioting and looting. Another family has battled children not acclimating to the culture and enduring severe spiritual warfare.