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Saturday, December 3, 2011

December Newsletter

On home leave (furlough). Lydia begins college.

Home leave.

“Are you still a missionary when you are back home?”

Yes! In fact, they have a name for any extended time when a full time missionary is back home: furlough.

A furlough, or home leave, is a natural part of a missionary’s life. Mission agencies recognize that life happens, even to missionaries, and that their missionaries will be healthier, happier and more productive in the long run if they are allowed time back home from time to time to attend to “Life.”

Why Missionaries Take Home Leaves.

Missionaries take furloughs for a number of reasons:

Life changes: It may be that a missionary comes home for a year or two to care for ailing or aging parents, or, as in our case, to help a young person adjust back to the US / college.
Health issues: It may be that a missionary has some health issues that need to be attended to, things that can’t be taken care of “on the field.”

A new assignment: Missionaries may also return home for a time of discernment if they believe the Lord is calling them to a new location. This involves discussions with the mission agency and support groups, and in our case, with our bishop.

Fundraising: Every few years, missionaries will return home to touch base with their supporters, giving reports of work accomplished, sharing a vision for the next term of service, and building up their support and funds. This is especially important when a new assignment is being announced.


“Do you still receive a salary from SAMS while you are home?”

Yes! A missionary on home leave continues to be employed by their mission agency, and continues to receive a paycheck from them.

“Where does the paycheck come from?”

The paycheck comes from the missionary’s account, which is made up of all the contributions made by supporting individuals and churches, mission boards and dioceses. When we don’t continue to receive contributions during home leave, our account dwindles, and it can become harder for us to get back on the field again to the next assignment.

Please make checks out to: "SAMS", and put "Mudge" in the memo space. The mailing address is: SAMS, P. O. Box 399, Ambridge, PA 15003-0399.
You may also arrange for automatic deductions from your bank account by calling SAMS at:

“Are you going back on the field again?”

Yes! The Lord is definitely calling us to continue as missionaries.

“What’s next?”

Visits to various sites we are considering for our next assignment (Jan.- Mar. more or less)
Visits with as many of our supporters and supporting churches as we can fit in!

Shaw+ and Julie+.

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