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"This is essential reading by everyone with a heart for missions; those who send, those who are sent and especially those on the welcome committee when they return" --Graham Kerr

About the Author

Peter and Donna Jordan head up YWAM Associates International, a ministry to the alumni of Youth With A Mission. Prior to that, they served for twelve years in Asia and the Pacific, during most of which time Peter was the assistant to Loren Cunningham, President of YWAM. They have four children, three of whom are involved in missions.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: YWAM Publishing (July 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0927545403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0927545402
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We just returned from Russia when my father gave me this book, and said, 'read it'. That was good advice.
Returning from an extended period in a foreign country can be a difficult experience. This book describes problems you can fall into, and how to avoid them.
It talks about how people fail to notice you've even been gone. Or don't seem to care that much what you did. When you understand these are common experiences, it helps those problems become a lot less personal.
Overall, we've applied the principles of this book, and haven't experienced most of the 'reverse culture shock' that many do. And we've been home nearly a year now, so we'll probably do okay.
Good book to give a returning, or retiring missionary, as a gift.
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We received this book before we returned from the mission field 10 years ago and found it very helpful. We are re-reading it now to be ready to welcome our daughter's boyfriend home from the war. We haven't found anything else as helpful.
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I always keep many copies of this book and give it out to everyone! It is perfect for both short-term missionaries and career missionaries who are returning home to the US.
Returning home is such a challenge, and most of the issues one faces unfortunately are all to common. It is wonderful to read this book and realize you aren't alone, that people have the same experiences. Believe me, you aren't the only one!
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Someone suggested this book to me after I came back from being in Romania a couple months. I didn't really find it relevant to my situation and didn't read all of it. Perhaps my situation is just that unique. This book could be helpful for someone who hasn't even gone on their trip yet and/or someone who went with a group. I went alone and came back extremely depressed and hostile toward America. This book did not help me at all. It almost hurt more because it talked a lot about working out the re-entry issues with the group and being prepared for re-entry prior to leaving. That's my problem, I could find no one who wanted to listen to me or share in my post-trip stories. I could not find anything to help me at all and ended up very isolated for a long time. Time has helped somewhat, and my last experience will help me out when I go on my next trip in the spring (alone again....no one wants to go).
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I lead short term mission trips and this is one of the most helpful resources I have found to help folks prepare and transition to life back home. This book goes beyond "it will be hard when you go back home", but offers practical reflection points to help you think about the time and what you learned from your time abroad while you are preparing to leave. I love that he focuses on the preparation before you leave the field rather than only on what to expect after you return.
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No matter where you are in your journey of following Christ's call upon your life, you should read this book. Taking the Gospel to the world as a faithful witness is one of the primary purposes of the Church. Whether you are called to send or called to go, the insights contained in this short book will help you fulfill this calling.

For missionaries about to step into the field, the issues discussed here will alert you to the right questions to have in mind as you proceed into your new setting, even if you might not be able to answer them all at this point. Knowing ahead of time the potential areas in which the reality of the mission field might contrast with your life at home will help you process those differences and keep them in mind throughout your time away from your home country. You will also benefit from identifying those relationships which you should actively maintain with the people and institutions "back at home", preventing those from falling by the wayside as you get busy in your new context.

For missionaries already on the field, it is never too early to think about the changes that have already happened—to you and to your home country—and how they have affected you and your family. Being mindful of these will give you precious opportunities to avoid mistakes which might come back to haunt you down the line—and allow you to speak truth in love to your colleagues in the field who may have to leave for one reason or another.

For those who remain "at home", you will gain empathy and clarity regarding how to best receive the missionary families and individuals who are coming back to you. You will be able to adjust your expectations and communicate on a deeper level with returning missionaries.
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This book is a great read for anyone coming off the mission field whether you have been gone a year or 20 years. I found so much truth in the counsel the author gives readers and so much comfort in his words. It helped me personally deal with issues I did not even know I had after returning from 7 years in Mexico as a Christian worker. If you are getting ready to leave the mission field or know someone who is I highly recommend this book. The insights within it will grant a much smoother transition back into 'normal life'.
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The physical qualities were great! No visible blemishes. The reading quality is also helpful. A great read if you are a few months from returning back home after being on the mission field. The author helps you to identify some of the struggles you will encounter upon returning home, both spiritually, and emotionally. I would recommend it as it is a short read that helps focus you back to Christ.
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