Can our mission survive if my techie is gone for that long?
A true story: One ministry needed to send their techie to an international meeting (not ICCM), and they found the “most techie” person from within the organization to staff the tech-department while the techie was out. She was a data-entry person who knew how to click buttons, even though she did not entirely understand what those buttons did, but she got a little training from the techie. Before the techie left, the power was going up and down, the server was misbehaving, and life was scary. The data entry person was terrified when the techie left, but she went and sat in the server-room waiting for something to crash that she was supposed to fix. One of her data entry friends came to her and said, “We are working two-people down in the data entry department. You are gone, and they have designated one of us to be praying for you each hour while you work on the server.” The funny thing was that, with the techie gone, the organization had no techie problems whatsoever. The increased prayer-support for the system cleared up even the weather problems, but only for that week. The techie came back, and the troubles came back. Just a FYI. God can smite your system dead, whether or not your techie is there to protect it. And, God can keep that system up, whether or not your techie is there. Every year we have techies who need to remote in to fix something at their home office. But we have NEVER had a mission close down and go belly-up because their techie was at ICCM. It might be inconvenient to have them go, but you can survive.