|THANKS for this MP!!!|
…such a GREAT depiction of our re-entry and transition.
the story of our mission to mission experience.
Phase 1: wooohooo! going back home to see family and friends! “how was the philippines?” “did you see elephants in your backyard?” “how was your vacation?” ….there’s a whole lot of questions – just make sure there’s a listening ear for the responses. 🙂
Phase 2: something has changed…what’s going on? who AM i? i need a retreat to help me process my mission experience – there’s just so much. and home? i have too many things. there are too many choices. privilege – what do i do with it?
Phase 3: Mission to Mission – wait, you’re a missioner too? you went overseas also? you know what i’m talking about when i say re-entry and culture shock? you’re really going to listen to my story? the good AND the bad? oh wow – ok, let’s talk!
Phase 4: mission to mission friends, thanks for listening to my story. the good AND the bad. and for not giving me a time limit. and for your insights. crazy how you get ten totally different people in one place for a weekend, find the commonality to be that we had all served overseas, and there’s so much head nodding and agreement and understanding – we’re totally all in the same boat. different places on the boat…but totally sailing on the same sea. // late night sessions with snacks and treats and storytime and laughing and laughing and laughing and for some reason, always ending on a conversation about poop. what? it’s mission.
Phase 5: affirmation! we’re gonna be OK! 🙂 🙂 🙂 reverence our experience, integrate, and learn to be patient and gentle with ourselves during this time of transition!
Phase 6: John 15:13 // Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. so good.