I’ve met so many throughout the years. We are unique and yet similar. We love the Lord and are ready to serve, but struggle with things. We miss home, family, familiar comforts, our own language, worship in our own style, etc..
We have heart aches because of losses. Family members die or are hurt or hurt us. We are often abandoned by friends who quit communicating and team members who we struggle to get along with. So we keep on going all the while shutting down a bit more.
Each time a tragedy happens we harden our hearts a bit more to keep strong, otherwise we’ll go crazy.
Some eventually leave because of their issues. They long to return and to see their loved countries again, but God has different plans. We struggle and yet have much in common. We bear so much privately because who can we share things with other than God? In that unspoken truth we find comfort among like-minded friends from other fields. Sometimes we can bond in 5 minutes with them more than we can bond in years with friends and family.