What Pastor would ever leave his church for ten to fourteen months to visit other churches? None, I should imagine. Yet this is exactly what is required of missionaries (I speak as an IFB) who have little or none of the practical back up and support available in their supporting churches at home. Should there not be a huge overhaul of the "furlough" system, which exhausts the missionary, and often damages fledgling churches (particularly in places like Western Europe)? Should not mission boards be petitioned to come up with a better approach, and churches educated to leave the missionary on the field as long as possible, without the unnecessary and expensive requirement to reappear at their missions conferences every four years or so?