Helpful Hints for a Positive Re-entry Experience
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- Upon initial re-entry, get plenty of sleep, balanced meals and adequate exercise.
- Spend some time thinking through the expectations you had in going into your short-term
cross-cultural experience. How did those expectations change in the midst of that time and now
that you've returned? Notice any dissonance you may feel now as you return and journal your
transitions. Notice what values and attitudes are changing.
- Remember that no training is wasted! You can apply the cross-cultural training you received
to your home culture now that you're back
- Debrief with others. Find one other person or a group and ask each other questions such as:
- What did you do?
- Whom did you meet?
- How did you live?
- What was the
easiest or most difficult?
- What was funny?
- What was sad?
- What did you learn about
God? About yourself? About the culture and the people you met?
- Where do we go from
- Reread your journal. Read one entry every day and ask God to remind you of the things He
was teaching you then.
- Pray. You probably could use time alone, with others, and with a committed prayer
partner. Pray for the people you met, the church, each other, the people you want to tell your
- Give yourself a spiritual checkup: Do you feel closer or more distant from God? Be creative
and disciplined in your devotions, but remember that spirituality is not limited only to performing
"a productive Quiet Time." God is lovingly present with you throughout the day.
- Recall the success and accomplishments of the short-term project you were a part of, and
develop a list of gifts and strengths that God gave and affirmed. Likewise, make a list of
weaknesses and areas where God moved in spite of your limitations.
- Learn how to answer — not despise — the question, "How was your summer?"
Become a story teller and learn to tell your story well.
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