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 a registration form for each family member who will attend for Global Reunion and one per family for other events.

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News

Our next ReEntry InterMission is coming up soon: Oct. 6-7, 2017 at Memorial Road Church of Christ in Edmond, OK.

GLOBAL REUNION

The Global Reunion for 2017 will be July 24-28. It will be held Monday-Friday instead of over a weekend. Since numbers are getting so large, please remember to register early . Early Bird registration to save $25 each will be through  June 15. No registration will be taken after July 1. The TCK camp has expanded to include the whole family from ages 5 and up. Contact us if you have a younger one and need special arrangements. Each person needs to register individually so that we have the information for everyone.

 

InterNational InterMission: Nicaragua will host InterMission Central America April 3-7, 2017. Couples and families from Central America are welcome to apply for registration.