What Does a Normal Day Look Like?

Friends and supporters often ask this question when we are back in the states, and I often find myself fumbling around with a coherent answer. Usually I say something like, “Well, um, let me see…uh…I can’t really say…” The reason we struggle with this question is that the missionary life is so varied.

Just to bore you needlessly, I thought I would take note of everything I did on a random day this week. At the very least, it will give something of an idea of my days in Spain. Here’s what I did on Tuesday. Drum roll please!

7:00-8:00am Devotions and deal with screaming baby

8:00-8:45 Hand over screaming baby, prepare breakfast, set table, eat with family

8:45-9:15 Work on Saturday Greek class

9:30-10:15 Remember at the last second paperwork due at the city hall. Sprint 1 1/2 kilometers up a hill to turn in the paperwork just in time.

10:20-11:10 Run home and work on Saturday Greek class

11:10am-1:30pm Go meet with a lawyer concerning the mountain of paperwork for the visa for Eric.

1:30-2:30 Major traffic jam and then lunch at a restaurant to save time

2:30-4:00 Finish greek class preparation, work on emails, work on lesson for Saturday night youth group

4:00-5:45 Skype call with director of la EET (theological school)

5:45-6:10 Process with Julie some frustration about lack of sign-ups for the Greek course that I spent 100+ hours designing

6:15-8:00 Prayer meeting at church

8:15-8:45 Eat fantastic dinner made by Julie and wash the dishes

8:45-9:30 Play with Evan, clean up, Evan’s bath, and help tuck him in

There you have it! If you have actually read this far, go ahead and pinch yourself or brew yourself a cup of coffee…anything to resuscitate yourself.

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4 Responses to What Does a Normal Day Look Like?

  1. Cathy Lane says:

    Hi Chad and Julie,

    Thank you for your update…I am glad you still have humor ☺

    WOW that is a lot for one day!! I don’t know if you know but I just got back from Ghana’s Field Leaders retreat. My first time overseas…God opened my eyes. As I told both of my daughters…we went shopping for 4 things and it took us all day! They both replied welcome to Africa. I have a new appreciation for missionaries and life overseas. We are so spoiled here in the states and most of us have no idea what you all deal with on a daily basis. May God give you strength every day to deal with the calling He has placed on your lives!

    Praying with you and for you as you server the people of Spain!
    Cathy Lane
    Europe/Middle East Ministries Assistant
    720-283-2000 | Ext. 2760
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  2. Jacqueline Gonnerman says:

    Fun to read! Do it (describe a day) again sometime!

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