Making the decision to go abroad isn’t always easy. Sure, there’s those that jump for the chance. I don’t blame them at all. But something you have to remember is that it isn’t always easy. There will be sacrifices to make.
You have to leave behind your comfort zone. You leave behind your family, your friends, and your home. Yes, you can stay in touch. But that’s still not the same as having them with you in person, being able to hug them.
And remember that leaving behind your home means leaving behind your comfy bed, those big pillows you love.
It means no more walking through it at night with your eyes closed, because you know it so well, to get a glass of water. It means you’ll hear squeaky boards and creaks you’re not used to in your new home. It might be unfurnished. If it is furnished, it means learning how the new appliances work and where everything is stored.
If you’re leaving for an extended period of time, you’ll probably need to quit your job. What will you come back to? You just have to trust that Jehovah will take care of you.
You might need to become familiar with a different vocabulary, new currency, different weather, and of course, a whole new lifestyle in an unfamiliar place. So, no. It’s not always easy.
That’s why friends who encourage you when you have the desire to help are so valuable. That support and that someone who tells you that you can do it might be the reason you take the leap. That’s why I want to give a shout out to my great friends and family who have supported me and to the friend that invited me and convinced me to accompany her and come help where the need is great! I really appreciate it and I’m glad you encouraged me.
And if you have a friend that is thinking of going somewhere to serve, be that good friend. Don’t make discouraging comments to try to convince your friends to stay. Don’t make frustrating jokes questioning their motives like, “Uh oh! Don’t get a boyfriend over there”. This is in accordance to advice given to us by the faithful and discreet slave:
“Realizing how our loved ones and our Christian brothers react when
discouraged, true Christians will endeavor to refrain from saying or
doing anything that would tend to cause discouragement.”
Imagine the joy you will feel in know that you have aided someone in reaching their goals to serve Jehovah by giving good, but uplifting, advice! We’re sure your friend will appreciate it, too! 😉