transition

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.

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.