Sending Her Off

imagesThis past weekend we sent our daughter off on a Study Abroad program to a college in an East Asia City. She will be gone for five weeks and will immerse herself in the language. My wife is struggling some, but I am not thinking about it much at all – read sarcasm.

Her initial impressions were one of shock. Granted she had been traveling for about 2.5 days. The city is in an older section of town. The streets are dirty, trash everywhere, holes in the streets and children go to the bathroom on the street as well. It is very hot and there is very little air conditioning. The everything is spicy including the McDonald’s chicken nuggets.

Of course my first reaction was to go get her. I am a “fixer” you know 🙂 But deep inside me I know this was a good move for her. The lessons she learns here will help her as she transitions into adulthood. Today she is adjusting better and getting into her studies. I knew she would. She always adapts and always overcomes. I am praying that God uses all of the lessons she learns the next five weeks in her life. As a parent you pray a lot for your children anyway, but when they go off for extended periods in places you cannot easily get to you tend to pray extra hard during those times. She will come back more mature and more willing to do other things. I am not sure what God has in store for her when she hits the job world, but I am confident she will be prepared and will be a great employee.

Here’s to 31 days, 0 hours, 41 minutes and 53 seconds going by quickly!! Yes I created a counter.


About Mark LaGrone

Discipleship and Assimilation Pastor at Collierville First Baptist Church outside of Memphis, TN.
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6 Responses to Sending Her Off

  1. shereescott says:

    Hey Mark – read your post about Bethany going off to study abroad. Can’t believe that she is old enough to do that. I would love to hear how her trip goes. Be praying for you and Janice during this time. Sheree

  2. Barbara Gassaway says:

    So proud of her! Will pray for a hedge of God’s protection to surround her spiritually and physically. Praying that God will lessen yours and Janice’s anxiety!

  3. We will be praying for her and for you & Janice! You two have done a fabulous job in rearing a wonderful young woman! I know you are a proud papa. 🙂

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