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FMTM Publication Highlight: “Returning Home: A Guide for Missioners and Volunteers in Transition”

The next series of blog posts will highlight the newest editions of From Mission to Mission Publications. Over the past couple of years, the From Mission to Mission Board has taken on the project of updating all of the From Mission to Mission publications and publishing them on Amazon so that more people can benefit from the decades of experience and wisdom of those who have returned from a time living and serving in other cultures.

Today we highlight:


After a time of living and working in another culture, volunteers and missioners face the difficult transition of leaving and returning home. Whether they were somewhere close to home or on the other side of the world, for a few weeks or for decades, the process of re-entry can be challenging. This book offers suggestions, reflection guides, and support for the person experiencing the process, from the time of preparing to leave through their return and readjustment to their home culture.

Transition includes the three phases of Endings, the Neutral Zone, and Beginnings, each with its own emotional, spiritual, and practical challenges. Returning Home offers a deeper understanding of the transition process, exercises for personal reflection and processing, important reminders, and tips for storytelling. The guide shares insights from decades of experience with those returning from a time of living and serving in another culture.

$7.95 Buy it on Amazon

Several months before my husband and I were leaving South Africa after two years as missioners, an earlier version of this book came in the mail. It gave us the words and questions that we most needed to hear and answer as we said our goodbyes and returned from the bush to the high powered suburbs of Washington DC. As I worked with many returned missioners in the following years, I found this book continued to be both a revelation —“these feelings are normal”— and a consolation to know that they were experiencing the acute life transition dozens of missioners and volunteers had known before them.

– Maureen Conners, PhD