12 MORE Blessings and Challenges from Road Life
1. Getting a “panoramic view” of Christianity
This is pretty cool! We have the opportunity to see a wider cross-section of our churches and their condition. This is an enormous help as we see trends wash across Bible-believing churches. It gives us perspective.
2. Meeting new people & friends
This is one of our favorite parts of traveling.
3. Times of financial feast
Last article I wrote about financial famine. There are also financial feasts, too. Perhaps a church gives an extraordinary love offering. Perhaps an individual feels prompted to bless in a certain way. This happens!
4. Unique opportunities to minister in music
It may not be this way for everyone in our “line of work” but we have a very active music ministry. We are able to do live concerts and write music and see it impact people almost immediately. This is a blessing.
5. Many opportunities to preach
I am called to preach, and having the opportunity to proclaim the Word of God is a great honor.
6. Not a lot of pastor’s stress
Not all stress is the same. Pastors can face tremendous stress in the course of ministry. While we do face stress, it comes in waves and is generally not as constant as what we have seen with some pastors who live with it day in and day out. We do face stress, but it isn’t quite the same.
1. Breakdown of equipment and vehicles
This is a big one. The many miles of road wear on truck and trailer. There isn’t any way around it. Unless you purchase a high-end trailer or are extremely good at repair work, a 5th wheel trailer doesn’t last long. You are constantly dealing with maintenance and fixing things.
2. Few people who understand
This is probably true of any profession. There are some things about living life full-time on the road that few people can comprehend. The entire concept of “going home” has a different feel. My kids don’t know what to answer sometimes when someone asks where they live!
3. Not being able to see people grow
You simply cannot disciple people on the road. Social media does help, but rarely do we find ourselves being able to long-term disciple.
4. Not having a permanent residence
This is a pain in the neck more than a serious challenge, but it does add up. I’m grateful right now for a rental house we call home. Those years without one were great, but I got really tired.
5. Tight schedules
Constant travel, no give in the schedule to “push it back a day” and health make a difference. There is no time for sickness, especially me. I can still do a meeting if the whole family is sick, but not if I am. You have to be always on your toes.
6. Little safety net
Income for an evangelist on the road is mostly generated by holding special meetings. The very week you don’t have a meeting, you don’t have a paycheck. We have a small core of churches and individuals who help us in this regard by supplementing us so if we go to a struggling church or can’t fill every week out of 52 we can stay afloat. But it can be a faith-building experience!
These are some additional blessings and challenges that people like us face on the road. Hopefully it gives you some insight into how you can better understand and pray for traveling families as they come across your path!