If you talk to anyone going out on a mission assignment – whether it is short term or long term – there is a question: Is it harder to leave home and go or is it harder to return?
There is a natural fear or reluctance in moving to another country: Leaving family and friends, fear of adjusting to a new culture and language, questions over succeeding or failure in the mission. It is a fear of the unknown and change.
But anyone who has been to another culture faces the dilemma of returning . . . Now the questions arise: Can I deal with the materialism? Can I deal with the first world problems? I’ve changed, how will I relate to family and friends? Will people treat me differently? Will I be disillusioned? Will home no longer be home?
All of these questions about going and returning are valid and they need to be faced. Some will adjust easily to a new culture. Others will have a difficult time. Some will come home with ease. Some will never really come home.
How has your adjustment been? Was it harder to leave or to come back?