What the Missionary Needs to Remember

Clay Hart welcomes a missionary.

Missionary family needs to remember –

 1.       The survival phase also starts before you ever get off that airplane.  Experts agree that it is good if you can have some time alone (as a family) to reflect on your time overseas.  This is a time to mentally release your experiences and say goodbye.  When possible it is great to do this before you have to say hello.  If you did not have the opportunity to take some time off on the trip home, then make an opportunity to take some time away as soon as possible upon returning.

 2.       Our friends and family have also had growing experiences.  That loved one who died while we were gone is now going to be missed more than ever.  That new baby you haven’t even seen is now a ‘walking-talking’ person.  Family and friends are different from those we left behind. 

 3.       The missionary and the family returning needs to find his sense of purpose in the home country.  On the field, we often do things we wouldn’t normally do or endure things we normally would not accept, because we are there because we feel the Lord put us there for a purpose.  Back home it is sometimes easy to think that purpose is no longer true.  It is easy to get caught up in the busy life and the need to make a living that we feel God doesn’t need us anymore.  We tend to forget that there are people all around us that need the Gospel. 

 4.       Be open and honest with your mission committee or elders or family about your needs.  Be willing to ask for help and guidance and not feel that you have to do everything by yourselves.

 5.       The returning family needs to stick together.  Do things together, eat together, meet struggles together.

 6.       Keep traditions that developed overseas as part of the family in the US.  Along with this the family can find American traditions to integrate into their family.

 7.       Use some of the lessons learned overseas to continue to bless your family and those around you. These lessons may be taking time for people, enjoying a slower way of life.

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

 

We are looking forward to hosting a Re-Entry in Edmond , OK on Friday and Saturday, December 10-11, 2021.  It will be an intensive two days filled with discussion on subjects such as fitting into the American church and adjusting to American culture. There will be separate classes for children. 

Local Christians will provide food and housing making the event free to participants.

 

 

Our team is eager to spend two days  hearing your stories and sharing ours, and providing you with a refreshing time of learning and fellowship. We look forward to having you register for our next 2-day Re-entry weekend soon.

 

 

GLOBAL REUNION

 

Please join us as we once again have. Global Reunion. We be coming together in Edmond, OK, from in the summer of 2022. Because of our host sites schedule this may be in June next year so keep watching this site for the correct date. 

 

 

 

InterNational InterMission

 

We are in the planning stages of having an InterMission  in Ecuador during a long weekend, February25-March 1, 2022.

 

This will be open to cross-cultural missionaries in Ecuador and surrounding countries in Central and South America.