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A Workshop Reflection: Sr. Kathleen Nealon

When I think of my recent experience of participating in the 10-day From Mission to Mission re-entry workshop, the image of an oasis comes to mind.  Having left my ministry in Haiti just a couple of months before and having not yet discerned with any sense of certainty what my next ministry would be, the workshop was a refreshing life-giving place on the journey through a difficult time.  It has provided me with the nourishment to continue life’s pilgrimage with a sense of renewed hope and positive energy.

Because I had participated in a weekend re-entry workshop with From Mission to Mission many years before, as I was packing up to leave Haiti I was aware that there were factors that would complicate my transition.   The unexpectedness with which my work in Haiti ended created rushed and unsaid good-byes. There was not much time to anticipate or even process the reality that after four years and four months of living in Haiti, I was returning to the US, where I would have to face changes that had occurred in the life of my religious congregation among the other more typical challenges of re-entry.  I knew my journey ahead would not be easy. It was consoling to know that From Mission to Mission might offer possibilities for support.

The workshop allowed the difficulties to seem a little less difficult and the grief to feel less painful.   All of the information, prayer services, facilitated discussions and the formal aspects of the workshop were very helpful.  When I think about it though, what really made the workshop for me were the other participants and the facilitators. Being with people who understand, who are or have gone through similar experiences made such a big difference in my re-entry process.  I was with a group of people who understood, and while the specific details of their stories were different, their stories were familiar and inspiring. My life was enriched from hearing about their journeys and being in their presence. Laughing and crying together was healing.  The compassion they provided helped me to expand the compassion I had for myself and to quiet the thoughts telling me to “hurry up, get through grief.”

During the re-entry process, as is common, I had the sense of not feeling quite at home anywhere, yet for those few days there was a sense of belonging and feeling at home. I am so grateful that I experienced this oasis that refreshed me and provided the energy needed to continue my journey from mission to mission.    

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Meet FMTM’s New Director: A Personal Introduction

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Fun Facts: This is a photo of me with my favorites (Richard, my husband; and Sofia, our daughter). I love coffee, baking to share, and recording music with my husband. I can’t wait to meet you!

Hello FMTM Friends,

I pray this New Year be filled with much light, growth and abundant joy!

I am thrilled to serve with you as FMTM’s new Executive Director. With your love and support, as well as the wisdom of those who have gone before, I am jumping in with both feet and my whole heart.

After serving in Chimbote, Peru for 2 years with the Incarnate Word Missionaries, I leaned on FMTM’s support as I transitioned back into life here in the US. I had been working full-time at Centro AMAR with women and children involved in prostitution and human trafficking. I had seen, heard and worked through many challenges and triumphs. I had fallen in love with the warm and welcoming local community and the way and pace of life, and leaving was painful. I returned home wrestling with an array of emotions.

I found it essential to connect with others who had been transformed by mission, who crossed borders and cultures, who had seen violence and poverty in a developing nation, and who had experienced community and hospitality differently. I needed help figuring out what was next for me. Nothing seemed as important, or as intense and needed as what I was doing in Peru. FMTM allowed me see beyond where I was and focus on how I was living in the present; FMTM helped me understand that true mission extends into all that I do no matter where I am.

Since my time in Peru, I have been shaped by marriage and motherhood, working with survivors of domestic violence, young mothers working toward self-sufficiency, selfless social service providers, and for-profit and not-for-profit leaders who put people and mission first everyday. I am a learning leader and strive to continue to build a toolbox to do mission-based work well. With this toolbox and a heart for mission, I am committed to leading From Mission to Mission to its future. With your help, I hope to reach more and more people who need our expertise, to find home again within themselves as they navigate major transitions.

We have big dreams for expanding our support to missionaries going forward by allowing for greater access to our services through the versification of mediums and the addition of another staff member. Please reach out if you’re interested in getting involved by sharing your ideas or by taking a more active role as a volunteer on our Board, or as a general volunteer offering your gifts and skills in service to FMTM. It takes a village, and you are ours!

Here is to living mission together!

Peace and goodness to you and yours,

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Kelli Nelson

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FMTM Board of Directors Welcomes Kelli Nelson as New Director

has a new Executive Director and she starts today!After a six-month search, From Mission to Mission enthusiastically welcomes Kelli Nelson as its 4th Executive Director

December 3, 2018

Dear Friends of From Mission to Mission,

We are pleased to announce the hiring of our new Executive Director, Kelli Nelson, who begins her tenure today!

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Kelli Nelson, the 4th Executive Director of From Mission to Mission begins today.

Meet Kelli Nelson, the new Executive Director of From Mission to Mission. Kelli is from Minnesota and is a nonprofit leader and social entrepreneur dedicated to helping individuals and organizations connect to their missions, create meaning and impact, and do the good that they do well.

“FMTM is essential for those it serves, the stories and people it honors, our communities and this world.” – Kelli

Kelli came to know From Mission to Mission in 2012 after serving as a volunteer in Chimbote, Peru with the Incarnate Word Missionaries. From Mission to Mission allowed her to more deeply reflect on her life in Peru, and turn the difficulties of returning home into love in action. She has since dedicated herself to helping individuals and organizations connect to their missions, create meaning and impact, and do the good that they do well.

Kelli holds a BA in Literature and a Masters degree in Nonprofit Management from DePaul University and has done extended study in social enterprise at Stanford University. Kelli truly believes FMTM is essential for those it serves, the stories and people it honors, our communities and this world.

FMTM Board Chair, Michelle Scheidt shares:

“We are excited to welcome Kelli as the new Executive Director of From Mission to Mission. She brings a true heart for mission, a passion for the work, expertise in non-profit management, and so many great new ideas for our future.

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FMTM Board Chair, Michelle Scheidt

I am confident that FMTM will continue to grow and develop under Kelli’s leadership; the organization is strong and ready to serve the emerging needs of the mission community. We look forward to all that lies ahead.”

 

Julie Lupien, who has served as ED for the past 17 plus years, and will continue with FMTM through December to facilitate the transition in leadership, is confident for the future of FMTM under Kelli’s leadership.

Julie shares:

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Julie Lupien, outgoing Executive Director of From Mission to Mission, will stay through December to facilitate the transition.

“I met Kelli at her re-entry workshop after she had returned from serving in Peru. Before the weekend was over I had already asked her to get involved in the work of FMTM, first as a facilitator and later as a board member. What I witnessed in Kelli was a passion for mission, a great appreciation for the culture where she served, and a deep respect, sensitivity and compassion towards the others in her group. I believed I could trust her to offer the care FMTM is known for. I knew her wisdom and expertise would be a gift to the missioners and volunteers we serve. I could already see that her vision and commitment to justice and mission would inspire others. I am thrilled that Kelli is the next director of From Mission to Mission.”

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As has been the case since the beginning of FMTM, the From Mission to Mission office will move with its new Director to Minnesota. Please make a note of it:

From Mission to Mission New Address & Phone Number
200 5th Avenue NW #120696, St. Paul, MN 55112
612-504-2588

We thank you for your support and prayers for Kelli, Julie, and the FMTM Board as we go through this transition.

unnamed (6)If you would like to send your congratulations and welcome to Kelli, and thanks and farewell to Julie (before December 28, 2018):

Kelli Nelson
Email Kelli
200 5th Avenue NW #120696, St. Paul, MN 55112
612-504-2588​

Julie Lupien
Email Julie
303 Atwood Street, Longmont, CO 80501
720-494-7211

If you have questions or want to learn more, contact us or visit www.missiontomission.org.

Sincerely,
The FMTM Board of Directors

Thank you for your prayerful support in this time of transition. Every prayer means the world to us!

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Support FMTM: ¡FIESTA! Benefit in Cleveland

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Sister Rose Elizabeth, OSU, Former Missionary, FMTM Board Member

by Sister Rose Elizabeth, OSU, Former Missionary, FMTM Board Member

I served in Chiltiupan, El Salvador as part of the Cleveland Latin American Mission Team. I loved the people and was so inspired by their faith. When I returned after 11 years of ministry there, I needed help readjusting to the USA. So, I participated in a From Mission to Mission (FMTM) Re-entry workshop which gave me renewed energy to serve. Many Cleveland priests and sisters who worked in El Salvador have benefitted from FMTM Re-entry workshops.  

FMTM makes a difference for people who usually do not ask for anything for themselves.”

caring for those who serveFMTM makes a difference for people who usually do not ask for anything for themselves. One Re-entry workshop participant, who served in Chile for 50 years, had this to say, “This workshop has given me new life, more energy, a healed broken heart. I have a direction to go. It was critical for me at this time.”

Some missionaries have suffered trauma, been kidnapped, robbed, and lived through civil wars and revolutions. As a result, they come home with some heavy baggage. FMTM Re-entry workshops help them process their experiences and bring about healing.

One Re-entry workshop participant, who served in Chile for 50 years, had this to say, ‘This workshop has given me new life, more energy, a healed broken heart. I have a direction to go. It was critical for me at this time.‘”

Additionally, From Mission to Mission prepares volunteers for short-term mission experiences. We also currently help priests and religious brothers and sisters transition from active ministry to retirement or move to a retirement or nursing home.   

Why am I telling you this?

I am a board member of FMTM and I offered to hold a benefit in Cleveland to raise awareness of how we serve returned missionaries and to raise funds. FMTM is trying to augment our staff to better care for the growing numbers of missionaries and volunteers who turn to FMTM for care, trusting in our expertise and support.

Some missionaries have suffered trauma, been kidnapped, robbed, and lived through civil wars and revolutions. As a result, they come home with some heavy baggage. FMTM Re-entry workshops help them process their experiences and bring about healing.”

How can you help? 

Make a Sponsorship Gift. I ask you to consider making a sponsorship gift to the first annual benefit for From Mission to Mission. Sponsorship gifts help defray overhead costs and are critical to our ability to maximize the dollars raised in support of our mission: serving missionaries.

We expect upwards of 300 people to enjoy an evening of mariachi music, a lively auction featuring three vacation homes in Florida, heavy hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, and more.

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Our fundraising goal for the ¡FIESTA! is $35,000. We hope we can count on your sponsorship toward this goal. Please consider making your secure, online gift by clicking the ¡FIESTA! image.

Click the image below to make your secure donation via PayPal.

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If you have questions, please contact us. Thank you in advance for considering being a part of the ¡FIESTA! with your sponsorship gift for the benefit of missionaries.

Our fundraising goal for the ¡FIESTA! is $35,000. We hope we can count on your sponsorship toward this goal. Thank you in advance for considering being a part of the ¡FIESTA! with your sponsorship gift for the benefit of missionaries.”

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FMTM Board of Directors Begins the Search for a New Director

June 1, 2018

Dear Friends of From Mission to Mission,

Julie Lupien has informed the Board that this will be her final year as Director of FMTM. After 17 years of service, Julie has discerned that it’s time to move on to something new. We are grateful for her service and sad to see her depart, and we are also excited for her as she explores other possibilities in her life. Julie’s departure will bring a dramatic change for FMTM; she has been everything to this organization.

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The From Mission to Mission Board wishes to express our sincere gratitude to Julie for her 17 years of dedicated service to volunteers and missioners worldwide and for her willingness to continue offering her support through the transition as we search for a new Executive Director.

Julie has done a wonderful job during her long tenure. She has been able to tackle anything that came her way and greatly expand the FMTM programmatic offerings. Along with being the main program and administrative person for FMTM, Julie has also been the heart and soul of our organization. Over these 17 years, she has accompanied people, both lay and religious, as they embarked on mission, or returned home from their mission. She has presented at conferences, led small group retreats and sat with individuals as they have shared their remarkable experiences of their mission.

Transitioning back to life in North America can be very difficult for anyone who has served in mission, either overseas or domestically, especially when one has been gone for five decades or if they have suffered a personal trauma. For hundreds of missioners, Julie played an integral role in their processing, healing, and re-entry. These contributions were honored in October 2015, when Julie was the first recipient of U.S. Catholic Mission Association’s Pope Francis Mission Award, recognizing her lifelong commitment to mission (captured in image).

“I have been blessed to serve as the Director of From Mission to Mission since 2002.The missioners and volunteers we serve care about the people of the world and have taken risks to live what they believe. It really is a privilege to walk with these amazing people during a challenging time in their lives. It’s a wonderful feeling to be a witness as they honor their experiences, find healing for the hurts they still carry, and celebrate the people who have changed them forever. I give thanks that we are able to help re-ignite their spark to continue to live mission wherever they go.” – Julie
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The FMTM Board is beginning the search process for a new Executive Director and planning for the future growth of the organization as we continue to adapt to the changing field of mission. We are thankful for Julie’s support as we move forward with the transition process. Please see details for the ED position announcement and job description here, and share it with those in your networks.

We thank you for your support and prayers as we go through this transition. Julie’s shoes will be hard to fill; the Board is optimistic about identifying candidates with a heart for mission, who are eager to journey with transitioning missioners.

If you have questions or want to learn more, contact us or visit www.missiontomission.org.

Sincerely,
The FMTM Board of Directors

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FMTM Publication Highlight: “Remaining Faithful: A Guide for Reflecting on Short-Term Mission Experiences”

The fifth of five in our series of blog posts highlighting the newest editions of From Mission to Mission Publications:

Remaining FaithfulA Guide for Reflecting on Short-Term Mission Experiences
By Julie Lupien and Michelle A. Scheidt

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This guide offers a series of exercises for reflection, integration, and prayer following a short-term experience in another culture. As increasing numbers of people participate in short-term mission, this book offers practical tools for integrating the experience as part of a lifelong commitment to service. The exercises can be used by individuals or groups to guide regular, structured reflection for one year following the short-term service experience. The guide shares insights from decades of experience with those returning from a time of living and serving in another culture.

I have been waiting for a resource like this for those who are returning from short-term mission and volunteer programs. They have seen good times and bad and been changed in the process, but they often don’t know what to do with all of this when they come home. Remaining Faithful provides a very usable practical guide—with good input, reflections, exercises, and prayers—to help people reflect upon their experiences and to integrate this into their on-going life journeys.”

– Rev. Roger Schroeder, SVD, Louis J. Luzbetak, SVD, Professor of Mission and Culture, Catholic Theological Union at Chicago, Author of What is the Mission the Church? A Guide for Catholics, 2nd ed. (2018)

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Julie Lupien has been the Executive Director of From Mission to Mission since 2002. In 2015, she received the first Pope Francis Mission Award from the U.S. Catholic Mission Association, in recognition for years of excellence, vision, and compassion while ministering to missioners returning to the United States after both long-term and short-term mission engagements. As a member of the Volunteer Missionary Movement (VMM) Julie served in Zimbabwe, Africa, and St. Kitts, West Indies. Julie’s short-term mission experience includes Alternative Spring Break in Appalachia when she was a campus minister at Northern Illinois University, participating in the Young Neighbors in Action program in Yakima, Washington, and a parish mission trip to St. Kitts when she served as a Pastoral Team member at Spirit of Peace Catholic Community in Longmont, Colorado.

Michelle A. Scheidt has worked in the nonprofit sector for 25 years and is currently a program officer at the Fetzer Institute, which is dedicated to helping build the spiritual foundation for a loving world. She served as a lay volunteer for two years and later co-directed the Claretian Volunteer and Lay Missionary Program in Chicago and served as a board member for From Mission to Mission. Michelle has extensive intercultural experience in inner city Chicago and in Latin America. She holds a BA in English from Marian University, Indianapolis; an MA in Pastoral Studies from Catholic Theological Union, Chicago; and a Doctorate in Ministry from Chicago Theological Seminary. Michelle and her spouse Barbara Crock live in the woods near Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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FMTM Publication Highlight: “Understanding Short-Term Mission: A Guide for Leaders and Participants”

The fourth of five in our series of blog posts highlighting the newest editions of From Mission to Mission Publications:

Understanding Short-Term Mission: A Guide for Leaders and Participants
by Julie Lupien

Blog post by Julie Lupien, author and From Mission to Mission Director 

For most of our history at FMTM our only focus was on re-entry after years of serving in another culture. This changed when one of our Re-entry Workshop participants expressed that he wished he’d had our workshop after a Spring Break service trip he went on in college. That led to our first resource created to help those involved in short-term mission to reflect on their experiences, “Remaining Faithful: How do I keep my experience alive?” (now “Remaining Faithful: A Guide for Reflecting on Short-Term Mission Experiences).” This then led to numerous requests for help in preparing for short-term experiences.

When I researched what resources were available for short-term mission, I discovered that most focused on the logistics like what to pack. Knowing the importance of good preparation and reflection, I decided to write Understanding Short-term Mission.

When I researched what resources were available for short-term mission, I discovered that most focused on the logistics like what to pack. Knowing the importance of good preparation and reflection, I decided to write Understanding Short-term Mission.

I actually wrote this with someone in mind. When I worked in a parish, Doug volunteered to lead our mission trips. Doug designed computers for a living. He was a very kind and generous person with a big heart. But, he didn’t know a lot about how to prepare the group for what they would encounter on their trip, nor how to reflect on it. I wrote this so that others like Doug could help their groups understand mission and how to enter another culture with respect and sensitivity.

I wrote this so that others like Doug could help their groups understand mission and how to enter another culture with respect and sensitivity. 

This guide offers support and learning for those who lead short-term mission programs as well as for the participants. Topics include understanding mission, practicalities for leaders, a comprehensive tool kit for reflection and spiritual practice, and a series of essays sharing wisdom from experienced leaders of short-term mission experiences.

This book provides practical guidance on how to prepare for, participate in, and reflect on the experience so that participants integrate short-term mission as part of a lifelong commitment to service.

The guide shares insights from decades of experience with those returning from a time of living and serving in another culture.


Many good-hearted women and men have taken part in a variety of short-term mission programs for years, but proper guidance often was lacking. However, finally, this book, Understanding Short-Term Mission, provides an excellent accessible resource for participants and organizers through the stages of preparation, insertion, and return. It includes practical tips, reflection guides, and most importantly in-depth insights into the challenges and opportunities of such experiences.

– Rev. Roger Schroeder, SVD, Louis J. Luzbetak, SVD, Professor of Mission and Culture, Catholic Theological Union at Chicago, Author of What is the Mission the Church? A Guide for Catholics, 2nd ed. (2018)

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FMTM Publication Highlight: “Finding Life After Trauma: A Guide for Missioners and Volunteers and Those Who Care for Them”

The third of five in our series of blog posts highlighting the newest editions of From Mission to Mission Publications:

Finding Life After Trauma: A Guide for Missioners and Volunteers and Those Who Care for Them by Michelle A. Scheidt, DMin and Maureen R. Connors, PhD

Blog post by Michelle Scheidt, author and From Mission to Mission Board Member 

Service in another culture offers many rewards and challenges. People who live and work in a culture different from their own are often exposed to trauma, including experiences such as natural disasters, interpersonal conflict, violence, grieving, abuse, stress, and generally feeling overwhelmed by poverty and the needs of others. These trauma experiences are common, whether the volunteer or missioner has engaged in service for a week or for decades, in other countries or in diverse settings in North America. Volunteers and missioners typically face trauma experiences with strength and resiliency, but those who help others sometimes need help themselves.

Volunteers and missioners typically face trauma experiences with strength and resiliency, but those who help others sometimes need help themselves.

This is where From Mission to Mission can offer support and why the organization exists. In 1980 a group of returned missioners realized that they could be the best type of support for one another because they understood deeply the unique experience of mission and re-entry. The organization From Mission to Mission was unexpectedly born from this informal gathering, and has gone on to serve thousands returning home after service in a culture different from their own. Finding Life After Trauma is the fifth book in a series written by returned missioners, for returned missioners, to support the healing journey of transition.

Finding Life After Trauma is… written by returned missioners, for returned missioners, to support the healing journey of transition.

The guide shares insights from decades of experience with thousands of volunteers and missioners who have returned from a time of living and serving in another culture. Some of the questions this guide addresses include:

  • What is trauma? How do I know if I or my loved one is suffering from it?
  • What can I do to foster healing after trauma?
  • How do I know if professional care is needed?
  • What spiritual practices can help heal mind, body and spirit after trauma?
  • How do leaders and organizations best prepare volunteers and missioners so they have the resources to deal with trauma they might experience?
  • What are appropriate responses from leaders, communities, and mission sending organizations when someone in their group has a trauma experience?
  • How can families and friends best support their loved ones who have experienced trauma?

Rev. Kenneth W Schmidt, MA, LPC, NCC, Executive Director of Trauma Recovery Associates based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, offers the following endorsement of the manual: “I have worked with trauma survivors for the past fifteen years. This is a wonderful book for missioners who have so much to process when they return to their first home. Sometimes that includes traumatic events, and this book is a useful guide, while recognizing that some will need additional professional support. It’s also a great resource for the people who love those returning missioners and want to understand and support them.”

People who live and work in a culture different from their own often have experiences of trauma, including experiences such as natural disasters, interpersonal conflict, violence, grieving, abuse, stress, and generally feeling overwhelmed by poverty and the needs of others. Volunteers and missioners typically face trauma experiences with strength and resiliency, but those who help others sometimes need help themselves.

This book offers resources for volunteers and missioners, leaders of mission sending organizations and religious communities, and those at home who want to better support their loved one who has experienced trauma.

The guide includes information and learning about trauma, practical suggestions and tip sheets, and emotional and spiritual practices, and helps equip those who have experienced trauma with the internal resources they need to heal and thrive. This book is one in a series of five volumes published by From Mission to Mission, an organization serving returning missioners and volunteers since 1980. The guide shares insights from decades of experience with those returning from a time of living and serving in another culture.


Really helpful compilation of resources. Finding Life after Trauma is a fantastic resource, even for those who are not missionaries. As a therapist, I have it in my office not only for the helpful compilation of one page resources included, but also the important reminders about self care and tips to avoid vicarious trauma. As a supervisor of other therapists, those self-care and vicarious trauma tips are essential for clinicians to keep in mind. Thanks to the authors for putting this important resource together.

– Amazon customer 5-star review, February 9, 2018

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FMTM Publication Highlight: “Welcoming Them Home: A Guide for Families and Friends of Returning Missioners and Volunteers”

The second in our series of blog posts highlighting the newest editions of From Mission to Mission Publications:

From Mission to Mission exists because returning to your home culture after serving in another is usually challenging. There are a number of factors that contribute to this, from feelings of grief, to the pressures of getting started again, to the loss of feeling like you really made a difference. Many missioners and volunteers feel a sense of isolation when they return. They have witnessed and experienced things that most people at home don’t understand or can’t relate to. Because of this, some have described feeling “like an alien from another planet.”

Re-entry is challenging, but it doesn’t have to be devastating. Having a caring, understanding support system is an important factor in helping make the most of this time. Re-entry is a unique transition. Families, friends and community members care and would like to help but don’t know what to do since most have not experienced re-entry themselves… But, we have!

Re-entry is challenging, but it doesn’t have to be devastating.

Welcoming Them Home was created to help the family, friends and community members of missioners and volunteers understand what is typical for someone dealing with re-entry and ways to offer support. It was written by those who have personally gone through re-entry, as well as accompanied many missioners and volunteers through their transitions.


Welcoming Them Home: A Guide for Families and Friends of Returning Missioners and Volunteers

When a volunteer or missioner returns home after service in another culture, people at home face many questions about how to best support them during their transition. Many people find that the person they knew has changed, missing their cross-culture experience and struggling to feel comfortable in the place they call home. Friends, co-workers, parishes, families, religious communities, and mission sending organizations all play important roles in helping the volunteer or missioner thrive as they transition to a new place.

This book is intended to help those at home better understand the experience of re-entry and offers some suggestions for helping make this time of transition life-giving for those returning and for their receiving community.

The book includes information about re-entry, transition, and practical advice for those at home who want to support their loved one. This book is one in a series of five volumes published by From Mission to Mission, an organization serving returning missioners and volunteers since 1980. The guide shares insights from decades of experience with those returning from a time of living and serving in another culture.


In my seven years as Executive Director of From Mission to Mission, a frequent question I received from families, religious communities, and parishes about a returning missioner or volunteer was: “How do we welcome them home?” This practical guide helps all concerned avoid inappropriate comments, plan meaningful liturgies or prayer services and promote understanding of the life transition the volunteer or missioner is experiencing.

– Maureen Connors, PhD

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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.

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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