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Episode Info: Keith Peters interviews Lisa Espineli Chinn who wrote the article "Beyond Welcome Home! 10 Things You Need to Know about Reentry", which appears in the January 2016 issue of Evangelical Missions Quarterly.  She writes, "REENTRY TRANSITION is a serious matter. Whether we reenter from a long assignment abroad, a short-term mission trip, a week of vacation, or even a conference, we need to know how to reenter well. Reentry is an often overlooked part of the transition process. This is largely due to our faulty assumption that we, along with the people and the place we left behind, have remained the same while we were away. Naturally, the longer we are away from home, the more changes we have to face. Thus, it often becomes fittingly a Welcome Back, rather than a Welcome Home. When I was a mother of three young children and traveled for ministry purposes, I developed a simple reentry strategy. I asked my kids three questions:  1. What was the highlight of your time while mom was away?  2. What was the “low light?”  3. What does mom need to know now that she is back?  I asked them individually, and based on their answers, I was able to adjust to their needs and expectations. Because my husband and I often travel separately for ministry, we have also made it a practice to debrief each time one of us returns from a trip. Even when we attend the same event, we put it on our schedule to share our reflections onsite and upon return. Over the years of preparing international students in the U.S. to reenter back home (and also training short-term and career missionaries on reentry), I have found the following ten topics important to address." Listen for more from Lisa Espineli Chinn on this episode of EMQ. ©2016 Evangelical Missions Quarterly. ℗2016 Educational Media Corporation.
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