A humorous look at missionary deputation time

Home Assignment is a period of time that missionaries spend back in their homeland doing missions motivation and mobilization in what is often called deputation. For Nazarene missionaries, it's one year out of every five. Some missionaries do an alternate schedule in which they go on home assignment (or furlough) for seven months after three years on the field or even for three months every two years.

Secret scribblings of a missionary on home assignment

by Howard Culbertson, Nazarene missionary

What follows was discovered in the belongings of a missionary who had to be carried off mumbling incoherently in a strait jacket in the eleventh month of his home assignment year.

What is home assignment?

Home assignment is being away from your wife and children almost all fall, winter and spring.

Home Assignment is being cooped up all summer with your wife and two kids in a cramped car.

Home Assignment is a speeding ticket for being careless in the 18th hour of a 26-hour nonstop trip from the California coast to keep a commitment in Colorado.

Home Assignment is having a service or two canceled and foolishly beginning to think nobody wants you.

Home Assignment is having seven requests for services on the same date and wondering how to keep all your friends happy.

What is Home Assignment?

Home Assignment is watching your video presentation 200 times and seeing something new on the 137th time.

Home Assignment is having a friend get up early, sneak your car down to the service station and fill up your tank without saying anything to you about it.

Home Assignment is giving the same story on 50 consecutive Sunday mornings and getting blessed yourself every time.

Home Assignment is learning how large and how big-hearted your spiritual family really is.

Home Assignment is answering the same questions night after night, but getting excited because people are really interested in your work.

What is Home Assignment?

Home Assignment is having a pastor assure you his amply-windowed sanctuary will be dark enough for a slide presentation at 6 p.m. when the sun doesn't even set until 7:30 p.m.

Home Assignment is discovering that Glad trash bags make ideal "darkeners" for sanctuary windows.

Home Assignment is having spend thirty minutes every night catching insects to feed the land turtle your 6-year-old caught on some church lawn.

Home Assignment is having something go wrong with video projection equipment as well as with backup unit in the same service.

What is Home Assignment?

Home Assignment is being with old friends, sharing your prayer burdens, even unloading some frustration, hurts, and disappointments.

Home Assignment is finding out where your friends are on their spiritual pilgrimage, sharing their prayer burdens, letting them unload some of their frustrations, hurts and disappointments.

Home Assignment is 250 beds in one year.

Home Assignment is spending a semester in graduate study and wondering how those young whipper-snappers know so much.

Home Assignment is an opportunity for your wife and children to get involved in a strong local church in your native country for several months.

Home Assignment is having people take you to a lot of nice restaurants.

Home Assignment is getting a delicious home-cooked meal after a couple of days of nothing but truck-stop cafes and McDonald's.

Home Assignment is meeting people who say they've been praying for you by name every day for years.

What is Home Assignment?

Home Assignment is all of the above . . . and more. And it's all of that crammed into a few months.

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