Back in the dark ages of the 1980's, missionaries had to actually write letters and postcards to keep in touch with people back home. There weren't blogs or emails, and phone calls were a fortune...about a buck a minute! As a single missionary, I spent large amounts of time writing to friends and family back home and also sending out a newsletter on a regular basis. The first Christmas I was there, I sent out a newsletter with the above illustration. This is what I said:
I'm afraid that's pretty hard to read so I'll try to transcribe it later. But what struck me is that nearly 20 years ago I was missing the folks back home...and this Christmas, I'm with the folks "back home", but I'm missing Swaziland. I'm afraid I'll always feel like I'm torn between the two.