Reentry

Reentry Got You Blue?

Did you know that connection with other people is not just a preference, but a biological imperative for humans?

Have you been tricked by introvert-extravert theory, thinking you’re fine without meaningful human connection? Well, your nervous system disagrees.

Human beings evolved in tribes of 30-40 people and that wasn’t just occasional lunches or cubicle time, that was around fires, with kids and elders doing friendship, conflict, marriage … all of it.

Raise your hand if you learned, maybe for the first time, how good that feels during your work on the field. Are you home now and surprised by regular depression and anxiety?

Western culture is terrible at meaningful connection now.

And while human culture has evolved at Ferrari speed and behaves like those connections aren’t important anymore, your brain, which evolves at tricycle speed, ain’t buying it.

You’re not crazy - you need your people.

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This is why we created The Gathering - a four-day, unplugged, under-the-stars camp out, in the Tennessee hills, for returned and returning missionaries and global servants.

Approximately 100% of our feedback, from three years of debrief and reentry retreats, includes at least one of the following phrases:

So nice to be with others who get it.

Loved being in community again.

This was so needed. The break. The people. The mountains. Thank you.

Of course The Gathering will deliver cutting-edge reentry training and the best practices of international member care, but first and foremost, we’re putting you all together for the weekend in a quiet Tennessee holler, with falling leaves and scanty cell phone service.

Tickets are on sale now here and the price goes up September 1st. So don’t wait. Also, kids under 16 come free!

If you want to stay looped with The Gathering and all the other interesting reentry stuff simmering on the Intermissionary stove, be sure to drop your email.

Join us in Nashville for The 2019 Intermissionary Gathering

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What:

A long-weekend, unplugged campout under the stars in the hills of Nashville, TN - An entire weekend dedicated to the joy of gathering, reconnection, community, worship and practical tools for reentry and transition.

Who:

Men, women, families who have served overseas and are navigating their reentry into their home culture. Missionaries and other global servants missing the field, their friends and their place in the world.

When:

Columbus Day Weekend 2019. October 11 -14, 2019.

For more information sign up for the mailing list.

Reentry Making You Anxious?

So you're headed "home" after serving overseas for a few years? Congratulations! I'll bet you're excited, terrified, grieving, thrilled, nauseous, stunned, confused and a little hysterical about that. 

That's because you rarely say hello and excuse me in your own language anymore. You go full-speed from dawn until dusk and someone always needs you for something. You walk everywhere and out your back door is your favorite fruit vendor. The life you have now is relentless, frustrating, meaningful, glorious and heartbreaking, and...it's ending. 

How to Help Your Missionary Come "Home"

Because your missionary trusts God for their work, their salary, their housing, their future - something that seems impossible to you - you may have built them up as someone who is "SOOOO AMAZING." 

As such, many missionaries only show the SOOOO AMAZING parts to their loved ones and supporters because they feel like it's expected of them.  

You will do your returning missionary a huge kindness if you help them off that pedestal and let them be human as they transition. Here are a couple ways to do that: