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Spend some time thinking through the expectations you had in going into your short-term
cross-cultural experience. Did those expectations change while on your trip? Have there been
further changes now that you've returned? Do you feel some kind of dissonance now? Journal
the transition times. Notice what values and attitudes are changing and what triggered those
Remember that cross-cultural team training is never either wasted or has only a one-and-
done usage. You can apply the cross-cultural training you received to life in your home
Debrief with others. Find one other person or a group and ask each other questions such as:
- Upon initial re-entry:
- Get plenty of sleep
- Eat balanced meals
- Do adequate exercise.
Reread your journal. Every day, read one entry which you wrote on the trip and ask God to
remind you of the things He was teaching you then.
Pray. You probably could use time alone or with a committed prayer
partner. Pray for the people you met, the church, each other, the people to whom you want to tell
Give yourself a spiritual checkup: Do you feel closer or more distant from God than before
Be both creative and disciplined in your devotions. However, 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.
Develop a list of gifts and strengths that God gave and affirmed on the trip. Also, 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.
- 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
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