Culture Shock Chronicles

Journal Entry #53 – I just returned to the mission field from a mission trip. I know that sounds a little strange, but after spending two weeks in Panama on a short term mission trip, I have just arrived back “home” at the place where I am serving as a missionary. I put the word “home” in quotation marks because despite the fact that my home (as in my family and household belongings) is currently in Paraguay, I am still a foreigner in this country. While my coworkers in Panama were able to return to their homes in the USA, I returned to yet another Latin country and its environment. They say “home is where the heart is.” Well, I may live in Paraguay, but I am an American citizen, so my heart is with my country. Above that, however, I am a Christian first. Therefore, where ever I may be, whether it be Panama, Paraguay, or even the USA, it is a mission field. Souls are at stake and we must be about the business of sowing seed. With this perspective, I suppose it would be more accurate to quote a line from that old Gospel song, “This world is not my home, I’m just a passing through.”

#mission, #paraguay