Pastor, get in touch with us personally! It is a blessing to talk with a pastor in a supporting church and it is abundantly clear that he actually knows who you are and can interact with you about what is going on in the ministry - he reads our prayer letters and is informed. Don’t forget communication is a two-way street!
We pastors and local churches have certain obligations to our missionaries that we should not take lightly. Many do, to our undying shame. Here are a least six:
Furlough conjures up many ideas to different people. Some think it is like paid vacation and all-expenses-paid site-seeing. I blogged about this some years ago and recently stumbled upon a nice post by a Nazarene missionary, Howard Culbertson, about what furlough is--he pretended that his list was "discovered in the belongings of a missionary who had to be carried off mumbling incoherently in a strait jacket" after eleven months of furlough.