This month I rediscovered a book on my shelf, Re-Entry
by Peter Jordan. Ten years ago I wrote an article on Re-Entry
dealing with the stages in the process of re-entry to your home culture. This article has more to do with the changes that have occurred during overseas service and how that effects returning home.
Peter Jordan writes, “Things have not been stagnant during your time away. It is imperative before you leave the mission field to take time to properly assess how much you have changed, and how much things have changed back home.
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MKs live in a rich mixture of cultures, but often wonder whether they fit in or are misfits. As parents we see the struggles and may find it hard to know what will really help. We sometimes feel badly that they are missing out on a normal childhood. But when we were called to the nations, He also called our children for a special purpose. Their identity will develop through a beautiful combination of multiple cultural experiences.
Our children face challenges their peers in their home culture never face. When we understand the difficulties MKs face, we can better guide them into successful adjustment. God has a plan for our children. Their cross cultural experiences can enrich their lives and make them a blessing to many people. Continue reading 'MK- Fit in or Misfit?'»
Re-entry to our home country after years of living overseas is as important as arriving in our host country. Many of us think it will be very easy, “We are going home after all!” But it is seldom easy. The letters we received on this topic tell the personal stories of a few PWs and what helped them through the transition.
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Survey results do work! Several of you asked about how to help your teens re-enter their home culture. We would like to take a look at a few of the problems teens face as they return to their home culture for higher education and a couple suggestions of ways to help them.
When you see a group of PW kids together, they look like any other active, fun-loving kids. But when you compare them to their peers, they have some significant differences. Because they have lived outside their culture, they have a very different world view than kids back home. They cannot be nonchalant about poverty, world politics, religious persecution or a cholera epidemic. They have been touched in very personal ways with issues like these and have strong opinions. Continue reading 'Teen Re-Entry'»