4) Do You Know Someone Who Might Benefit from Re-entry Assistance?

April 8-13, TRAIN International is offering their next ABIDE re-entry debriefing for global workers. ABIDE provides 5 days for participants to process their cross-cultural experiences in both group and individual debriefing. Whole families are welcome as TRAIN offers both adult and TCK programs for all ages. Get equipped to navigate re-entry and to move forward with perspective and renewal toward the next season of ministry. You can visit their website to learn more or by watching a participant’s testimonial below.

1) Are you Returning to Your Home Culture for a Year or More?

RW_white_backgroundDo you want to return well? You can. Returning Well is a customizable resource designed with the transitioning servant in mind. It creatively leads you through the process of a debriefing that leads to renewal so that you may be fully released to uniquely and wholeheartedly love and serve your Creator in the season of life following re-entry. Find out more (including individual and bulk purchasing options) at

I just used this book this past week to plan reentry and debriefing for personnel returning from Bosnia. Good stuff.

6) Need Debriefing? International Care announces 2016 dates

Are you returning from a season of serving cross-culturally? Does someone you know need to get a full debriefing scheduled? International Care has just announced the dates for 2016 for their all-inclusive one-week long Debriefing & Revival events. Read more about it at

The dates are: February 7-13, April 10-16, June 5-11 and October 23-29. Whether single, married, or a family with children, this is a personalized program in which you will be revived, recharged and ready for a successful transition.

6) For Those Coming Home from the Field

651CH Coming Home 2014 coverinddDon’t forget our 3 tried-and-true 14 day devotional Bible studies with focused reentry questions (with Lisa Espinelli Chinns’ input). They’re great help for personal help in the reentry process. Some organizations have done “custom” editions with their logo and comments on the first page. They then provide these to their returnees.

1) Are You in Re-entry or Is It in Your Near Future?

returning.wellCheck out “Returning Well: Your Guide to Thriving Back ‘Home’ After Serving Cross-Culturally.” “Returning Well” invites you into a guided
conversation with your Creator that will reveal and apply invaluable insights as you reflect on your recent season. By using “Returning Well,” you will discover how this season influenced you, how to re-integrate well, and what moving forward in faith means for you. Find out more (including individual and bulk purchasing options) at

(And thanks to Melissa for her determination on this project, her sensitive spirit to those reentering, and for believing in Brigada!)

6) Looking for a Good Debriefing and Reentry Experience in the Midwest?

We hear good things about the experience provided by TRAIN International. Their experience, “ABIDE,” is taken from the meaning of abide, “To continue without fading or being lost.” Their next ABIDE re-entry retreat and debriefing is October 11-16. They equip cross-cultural workers to process their experiences, navigate the challenges of re-entry and reverse culture shock and tell their story well. So now you can ensure that you or those serving with your agency “continue without fading or being lost.” For more info you can call TRAIN at 417.625.1400, or learn more online and register at:

10) Coaching and Debriefing during Re-entry

Helen provides understanding and accompaniment to those who have lived overseas and returned to their home country. She works with people who are trying to make sense of their overseas experience, their change in identity, the chaos of their transition and where they’re going next. She helps them bring closure to their time away, to take control of their life during their readjustment, and to move forward with a new sense of confidence in who they have become and what they offer to the world. To learn more, visit…

11) Missionary Training International Offers Help On the Return too

MTIBy now you have no doubt heard of the great pre-field orientation that MTI can offer you, but did you know they train your workers for the trip back home, too? Check out the Debriefing and Reentry (DAR) training at…

In fact, at CODAR, they’ll unselfishly even prepare YOU to lead the same training in your church or mission org.

In our org, we require virtually ALL our workers to do pre-field training at MTI, and we often recommend DAR in all the cases in which there are reentry issues (when AREN’T there, anyway?).

11) Can You Help Sarah Do Reentry Well?

books“Sarah” wrote this past week (name changed as a courtesy) asking for help with reentry. She wrote, “Will you kindly post reentry links and resources? It isn’t easy to do.” Gulp. My heart goes out to her. So let’s put our thinking caps on. What are the best books on Reentry? Are Clyde Austin’s landmark works still among the best? What books would you recommend? Which websites? What conferences should she attend? Is MTI’s “DAR” the best? Please share your best resources, for Sarah and everybody like her who didn’t write but is feeling the confusion. Just click “Comment” after the web version of this item. Thank you.

1) Resources for Those Returning Home from Service

Thanks to Brigada participant, Jack, for writing this past week to ask if we had ever archived any resources “on how to help returning missionaries in transition; Maybe the do’s and don’ts.” The first thing I did was go to

and, in the search box at the top of the page, I just typed in “reentry” and hit enter. No small amount of resources popped up instantly, including…

Among them were several items which had spawned multiple comments with still other resources. In fact, among those items was a full-length electronic book, for free, entitled, “Before You Get ‘Home’: Preparing for Reentry.” We hope this was helpful to Jack, but now I’m wondering, do you know of still other resources on this topic? Anything brand new? If so, thanks for your help!

2) Coming “Home” The Reentry Transition: Free Download

Returning to your passport country can be difficult. You can use this book as a part of debriefingComing Home in a group, as an aid when being debriefed by another person, or alone as a part of a self-debriefing. The book is available to download free of charge as .doc, .pdf, or .zip files for your computer and as .mobi or .epub files for your Kindle or Nook. You can’t beat the price. Find it at…

2) Free Download: “Preparing for Reentry” —

This short book, “Before You Get ‘Home’: Preparing for Reentry,”  is for people intending to reenter their passport culture after service in another culture. It will help missionaries through the months preceding their return. It is now available to download free of charge as .doc, .pdf, or .zip files for your computer and as .mobi or .epub files for your Kindle or Nook. You can’t beat the price. Find it at…


(Thanks to Go International for your help in getting Brigada out! $30)

8) Consultation On Debriefing And Renewal – April 24-29, 2011 —

The CODAR workshop trains member care and personnel professionals serving cross-cultural workers returning to their country of origin. CODAR has helped to shape the model of personal debriefing of many mission agencies. CODAR deepens and expands the understanding of the member care personnel caring for missionaries during their transition from over overseas assignments to their furlough months. While debriefing is often directed at those returning with extreme trauma, CODAR trains facilitators how to guide personal debriefing and renewal as a routine part of any missionary’s on-going development. Find out how you can attend the CODAR workshop in Colorado Springs at 800-896-3710 or

8) Reentry Shower —

Do you have foreign field workers returning home after years of service in the field. Thought about what they need when they get home? They probably will need to set up house again from scratch. Consider blessing them with a shower of slightly used/new household items, appliances, furniture, etc. A quick search of your home and garage could reveal lots of gifts that could be given. What a huge saving it would be to be so blessed.  Suggest it to your church. Follow up with it until some go-getter volunteers to organize it. Could it be you? (Thanks for this suggestion, Gary!)

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