Welcoming the Missionary Family

Nancy Hartman hugs a missionary.

Welcoming Our Missionary

by Beth Reese

In preparing to receive a missionary family back to their supporting congregation, think about the return from the view point of the missionary.  Few missionaries feel good about people saying, “Welcome Home!”.  Sometimes they don’t feel good about being here.  Often the kids were born and reared overseas, so the US is NOT home.

The purpose is to help the missionary family:

Feel loved, cared for, and appreciated.

Recognize the good that has come from the time they spent on the field.

Help them feel good about moving on to the next purpose that the Lord has given.

 

Missionaries don’t know what to expect from a congregation in regards to a Welcome, but what we do and say will answer their question, “Does anyone even care?”

Reverse Culture Shock –each person in the family can react differently.

                Feel out of place

                Feeling lonely; odd man out

                Reacting oddly

                Reaction to materialism

                Reaction to lack of mission – what other Christians are doing & their own position in the church

 

Ask good questions:

                Everyone will say, “Oh, and what will you be doing now?” “Where will you live?”

                What do you think was the Lord’s purpose for your time in (country)?

                How have you been changed by your time there? How are you a better person because of your experience?

                Tell us about individuals that you feel you made a difference in their lives?

                Tell us how the church in (country) has changed during your time there?

                What kind of influence to you think your presence in (country) has been on other Christians in that country?  Tell us about your experiences with Christians elsewhere?

                What about the influence on your children – do you think they will be any different from children born and reared here in the US?  Why?

                Are you planning to keep up the (foreign) language with the children? How will you go about it?

                There have been many big changes in your lives recently?  How are you feeling right now?

                What do you need from us in the next few weeks?  For what can we be praying for?

                What are your biggest challenges to the time in (new home)?

                What are your dreams for down the road?

Do you want to attend an InterMission event? Find out if you qualify. Fill out one registration per family unit for ReEntry or InterNational InterMission events; each family member who will attend Global Reunion must register individually.

Please fill out our contact form and tell us where you work and the congregation that supports you.

News and upcoming events

RE-ENTRY INTERMISSION

 

Our next ReEntry InterMission is right around the corner: October 6-7, 2017 at Memorial Road Church of Christ in Edmond, OK. This is a two day event that begins Friday morning. Meals, accommodation, and all materials are provided at no cost to participants.

GLOBAL REUNION

 

Global Reunion 2017 was held July 24-28. There were concurrent camps for adults in transition as well as TCKs in different age groups.

 

We appreciate the generous hospitality of Oklahoma Christian University and Memorial Road Church of Christ for providing venues and support in so many ways to make this an annual event to bless, encourage, equip, and minister to individuals and families in transition.

 

InterNational InterMission

 

Nicaragua hosted InterMission Central America April 3-7, 2017. Couples and families from Central America gathered near Managua.

 

Watch for news of our next InterNational InterMission in 2018!