reentry

How to Answer: How was your trip?

The point is never to make people feel bad or stupid, but nor should you tuck it in and pretend your experience is irrelevant. How many of you sat in church as a kid and listened with rapture at some missionary talking about their work.

Some of you are on the field because of that. Your words matter. So craft them.

Two Reentry Pitfalls & How to Avoid Them.

It's like you've spent five years working in the first century church, where all the believers were together and had everything in common, but then you got off a plane and wound up in the 21st century church, where you see people once a week, exchange a few words (“busy” is usually one of them) and then go eat lunch by yourself.

No wonder that hurts!

What Needs Reconciliation Before You Leave?

We know from working with global aid workers and missionaries that leaving the field without reconciling lingering conflict, makes your reentry and transition more difficult.

Oh and by the way, forgiveness and reconciliation are two different things. If forgiving someone who's hurt you is hard, reconciling with them is like the Thunderdome. Guess which one Jesus told us to do?

Reconcile. Matthew 5:23.

If you'd rather avoid conflict because you're afraid of it, rest assured, approximately 100% of human beings on planet earth, feel the same way.

But there's help!

A few years ago, I did a training on a book called Crucial Conversations. If you ask me, it's the gold standard for learning how to reconcile with people.

We're going to do a bunch of work around reconciliation at Intermissionary and we have a few spaces left. Want some help with this? Join us.

June 24-30. | Chamonix, France
September 16-22 | Bozeman, Montana USA

How to Support Your Returning Missionary

A friend of mine, a former Mercy Ships crewmember, popped into my feed today, cheering us on for the work we’re doing at Intermissionary.

Like us, he knows that global aid workers often need as much support leaving the field as they did entering it. The problem is, for many, that's just one more thing they have to hustle the cash for.

Most missionaries are so emotionally and physically spent at the end of their service, they can't muster the energy to ask you for the money. 

So, a lot of them go it alone. But it doesn’t have to be that way.