I would really like to have a serious discussion here without anger, rancour, or judgemental spirits. I put this here rather than in pastors or missionary forum because I would like everyone's input. I will start with a key question, then add more of my own views as the discussion develops. When we consider the cost of airfare, the cost of travel across the US (to missionaries and churches), and modern technology which allows for websites, photoblogs, email updates, and even live video communication between missionaries and churches, is the traditional "furlough" outdated and passe? I have several other points from a missionary's perspective, but will hold them until we have some more input. Thanks in advance for your input.