I called my parents last night to let them know about my intentions of going on project to East Asia since I filled out my application yesterday. I initially told my mom that I was in the process of filling out an application for another summer project and she was a little upset, telling me that I should work this summer to make some money. But she said that it was my choice and she wouldn’t stop me. That’s when she asked me where I was going. I said it. She said, “ARE YOU INSANE?!” Saw that one coming for a hundred miles. Our phone call lasted nearly 45 minutes. Here are the reasons she said I shouldn’t go:
1. There are Communists in East Asia
2. I do not like Chinese food
3. If I end up in prison, they cannot afford to get me out
4. We have to go under the guise of students because missionaries aren’t allowed
5. It will be too expensive
6. She doesn’t want me to ask her family for any more money
7. I could go somewhere safer
I know she had others and I tried to quell her fears, but I don’t think that I did. I told her that I had already told my sister about a month ago and that I have actually been thinking about going to East Asia for about three months now, actually its been closer to four months. I also came this close to telling her that I am considering joining Crusade staff after school, but I didn’t think that this was the proper time for that conversation. I have a long road ahead of me with this project, and after this summer, when I tell my mom that I am applying to be an intern after graduation, I know I am in for a tough time.
I have to start living for Christ, though. I know my parents usually don’t see the Christ in me, but I can’t let that be an excuse to not go, to not follow. I think that by telling them so soon, they will have time to adjust and I really want to make them a part of the process this time. I want this to not only be a blessing for the East Asians, but also for my parents.