Vocational Rivalry

Would your job as a parent supersede your call to work for reconciliation in a crime-ridden neighborhood? Or to minister overseas in remote, impoverished areas, far from the amenities of western living? Let's complicate matters. Imagine yourself living in one of those challenging contexts, and discovering that your child has a learning disability like autism. You feel overwhelmed by your child's needs, especially as well-meaning relatives send you information about the support that could be offered to him if you lived in other, more affluent communities. What do you do when it seems like the best thing to do for a child feels like it's prohibiting you from fulfilling another important calling?

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