The number of people going on short-term mission service overseas has increased enormously in recent years. The benefits to those serving in such a way can be great, including the deepening of an individual’s walk with God, understanding of issues facing people in other countries and the opportunity to share existing skills as well as learning new ones.
This booklet is primarily intended as an aid to anyone in a local church who is in the position of welcoming back such participants who have worked in another culture. Returning to the home country after a period of service overseas, even a short one, can be a surprisingly difficult experience. The understanding care and support of a home church can make a big difference to the life of the returning short-term mission participant. Generally these participants will have been away for 6-24 months although many of the issues raised may also be relevant to those serving overseas on shorter term placements.