- It’s very important to show your appreciation of their support. Try the following ideas:
- Write a letter to them expressing your love, give verbal thanks, or buy an inexpensive souvenir for them.
- For those family members who were not the supportive type, spend some time praying and asking God how to love them well, acknowledging the importance of their relationship to you, treating them with grace whatever their feelings are toward your experience.
Close friends have missed you during your absence and may be plagued with insecurities about your friendship. They may question if you still like them, if they are still important to you, if you’ve found better friends on your mission team, or even if you are “too good” for them now. You may also be asking yourself the same questions in regard to them.
Be brave and mature; take the first step and set their minds at rest. Let them know how highly you value their friendship.
- Be brave and mature; take the first steps to set their minds at rest.
- Let them know how highly you value their friendship.
Colleagues and Work/School Relationships
Your colleagues may or may not know you went on this mission adventure. They may ask, “how was your vacation?,” as you see each other in the break room. They may think you were brave and amazing or give you a sarcastic comment about how you use vacation time. Your dorm roommate may ask how your Spring Break went and want to tell you how theirs was.
- Take each one as an individual, asking God how to love them well as you speak life into them in a way they can receive. This does not mean spouting your exploits, but only telling stories to the ones who are truly interested in hearing of the great impact you have just experienced.
- Having a casual answer to the “how was your trip?” question is often enough. If they really want to know more, they will give you opportunity to share your heart.
Acquaintances may have heard that you went to an exotic place and ask you questions out of curiosity. They also may not know a thing about what you did or if they did, they might not be connected with you enough to care up front. You don’t have to tell everyone what you did the previous week but then again it may bring up interesting ‘witnessing’ opportunities.
- Ask the Lord how to love them well with the answers their hearts are ready to receive. These conversations can sometimes lead into life-changing moments, or sometimes they may just plant seeds for future interaction.
Final thoughts on Re-Entry
You are on your way to re-integrating as the new you into the life you left a short time ago. We at In Motion not only understand all the things discussed here but have experienced them as well.
Please feel free to reach out to your leader or the staff at any time as you process your recent grand adventure. The impact you have faced is not to just be filed away as a memory. It’s an impact that continues to be life-giving and life-altering. You will find, as you look back on it, this experience will speak into many situations in your future.
Thank you for taking the next step deeper into your walk with God, serving others and being a part of the #lovegoesthere movement. Grace, grace, and more grace!
With Every Blessing,
The Staff and Leaders of In Motion Ministries