Question about Guidance for missionaries:
"When a country becomes politically unstable should Westerners leave?"
Whether you are single or have a family makes a difference. If you have children, then you need to consider leaving more strongly, especially since family at home (grandparents, etc.) will be very concerned for those children as well as yourselves as parents.
In the event of a quick evacuation, we always kept in our file cabinet a well-thought-out list of items we must take out of the country with us so that it would be easy to pack suitcases and go at short notice.
I like the answer Carol has given. She's been there and has thought things through carefully. We sometimes fail to do that when we are so passionate in our ministry.
We were invited to go to Nigeria, but as violence over elections escalated, we decided, for the sake of our conference attendees as well as for our hosts, and not to mention ourselves, it would be wise to postpone the meetings to a later date when the situation was less volatile. This decision brought great peace to all involved.
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