One Lubbock family knows the dangers of missionary work first hand. In October we brought you the story of the Abbott family from Lubbock who were forced from their missionary base Ivory Coast Africa.
NewsChannel 11 joined them at First Baptist Church of Lubbock the night they returned home, David, Ann and their two boys, Davy and Stephen. The Abbotts were stationed in Africa for the last decade until the rebel fighting forced them out. They left with the clothes on their back and each other. All of their belongings are still in Africa, and now two months later, they are relieved to have escaped safely but are ready to go back and face the danger again.
"West Texas is home for us so I think you feel safest at home but we also know that no place is safe anymore, you hear of people dying here in Lubbock, Texas everyday too. And we're not afraid to go back because we belive if that's where we should be we're not going to be afraid," said Ann Abbott.
"We as a missionary family feel like the first thing we need to have is a since from God that we are where we're supposed to be. Then we just ask for the courage each day to live that day and we're just thankful that we have opportunities to serve God. Knowing that he's going to take care of us and the safest place is where he wants us to be because we know he's going to take care of us and that helps to remove fear and danger from our situation," says David Abbott.
The Abbott's admit missionary work is dangerous but they say you have to follow your calling. They still have plans to return to Africa, but they don't know how long they'll have to wait for the fighting to stop and the country to settle.