Some of the things that were important to us before we left for the mission trip fail to impact us in the same way now that we are back. If we don’t recognize how we have changed, we can come home with a critical spirit.
Many people do not recognize that reentry stress is a real issue. Therefore, they have trouble understanding that they have changed significantly. Someone once said, “When you travel to another culture and people, your heart becomes enlarged in such a way that it will never be as small as it was before you left.”
Be warned – to be forewarned is to be forearmed. Read on..
Be ready for change.
God grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change
Change the things we can
And to know the difference
After the mission trip.
May we follow as Paul showed the way in missions –
I Corinthians 19: 19 Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.
Praise God for such experiences…