Gordon Is Going To College
by Mary Ray
It was a simple paragraph inserted in the middle of what one would
consider an ordinary prayer letter from a missionary in South Africa.
He wrote, “Gordon Headed Home to Start College—Gordon has been
accepted at Pensacola Christian College. Laura will be bringing him to
the States in late August to get him off to school. Please pray for Gordon
as he starts this new chapter in his life.”
It seemed like a simple statement, but the tears welled up in my eyes as I
read it. I knew the emotional challenges this family would face.
Most missionary families are very close on the field. They usually do
everything together. Our children grew up on the mission field and when
they went to camp, we were there as counselors. When they went to youth
meetings, we were there helping lead the meetings. When we had church-
wide visitation, they were there. They were involved in the music and the
children's ministries and every other aspect of our service for the Lord.
When a child goes away to college, it is a tremendous adjustment for
the whole family. This is true for every family but even more so for the
missionary family. One missionary mother said, “There is something