Part of going on the mission field has to do with sacrificing your personal and professional life to fulltime ministry. While you are serving in another culture you miss births, deaths, graduations, holidays and other big events that we use to define our lives.
This past Sunday marked the first time since 2007 that our family celebrated Easter in the U.S. Easter Sunday is big for our family because in marks the resurrection of Christ. The raising of our Savior is what separates Christianity from other world religions. Every prophet is born and every prophet dies, but only one defeated death by raising from the dead.
Celebrating in Latin America, or many other cultures is different. Emphasis in Western churches, during Easter, is placed on the celebration of the bodily resurrection of Christ. Our family has missed that for eight years.
Mike attended Phoenix United Reformed Church and heard a substantive resurrection sermon and praised the raising of Christ. It was something we have missed for years.
When you are on the mission field you give up many things that mattered to you in the past. Celebrating Easter in the U.S. for the first time in eight years was joyful.