Beyond Reverse Culture Shock Part 2: A Case Study of the Three Seasons of Re-entry

by Shonna Ingram In this second installment of our three-part series on Beyond Reverse Culture Shock (read Part 1 here), I will share a case study to explore the complexities of the three seasons of re-entry. To review: Season 1 (Return) encompasses the nine months prior to departure from the field and the initial six … Continue reading Beyond Reverse Culture Shock Part 2: A Case Study of the Three Seasons of Re-entry

Beyond Reverse Culture Shock Part 1: Trauma-Informed Care for the Re-entry Journey

by Shonna Ingram As I stepped off the plane at Houston International Airport with my husband and four children between the ages of 9 and 14, my thoughts were all over the place. We thought we were ready for the next season. A little broken, sure. A little uncertain sure, but isn’t that what God … Continue reading Beyond Reverse Culture Shock Part 1: Trauma-Informed Care for the Re-entry Journey

Questions for Jesus about Re-entry

by Anna Brotherson Jesus, Did you ever wake up in the morning and forget, for a second, where you were? Did you ever get a thrill down the back of your spine when you realised you’d actually done it — actually come to earth and lived among us? Does it all feel like a dream to … Continue reading Questions for Jesus about Re-entry

Dear Re-entry

by Katherine Dear Reverse Culture Shock, I have not enjoyed spending time with you. You are a sneaky thief. Beyond that, your identity is ambiguous. You have made moving back to my passport country horrible. I’m never sure whether I should call you Reverse Culture Shock or Re-entry. And if Re-entry, how do I spell … Continue reading Dear Re-entry

Leaving Early Has Complicated All the Complicated Emotions of Re-Entry

My youngest has been fascinated with finding places on Google Earth. He recently brought me the iPad and said, “Mommy, help me find HOPAC.”  My son is in third grade, and Haven of Peace Academy is where he went to school for kindergarten through second grade. But even before that, HOPAC was always a part … Continue reading Leaving Early Has Complicated All the Complicated Emotions of Re-Entry

When Re-Entry is Hard

by Lauren Neal No one can prepare you for re-entry, not even your closest friends and family who have walked alongside of you through this season. Neither can a countless number of books and podcasts nor accumulated hours spent in therapy. Oh, or copious amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and rum (Barbancourt to be precise). Re-entry, … Continue reading When Re-Entry is Hard

4 Ways to Give Yourself Grace During Re-Entry

by Bernie Anderson White Subarus and silver Toyotas back out of their respective driveways, plodding their way to respective workplace destinations. I don’t know where. Department stores, manufacturing plants, and office buildings with cubicles.   I wonder how many of these folks love what they do? That could be me. I sit on the borrowed … Continue reading 4 Ways to Give Yourself Grace During Re-Entry

Coming Back From Narnia: What Re-entry Feels Like

by Beth Watkins It’s been a little more than a year since my husband, a new immigrant, and I relocated back to the U.S. after I’d been away for more than 6 years. It’s hard being back. They call it re-entry shock – the special kind of culture shock that happens when you’re back in … Continue reading Coming Back From Narnia: What Re-entry Feels Like

The bumpy road back: Five ways to support families during transition and re-entry

Help during transition

We’ve been deep in the throes of transition during the last two weeks. Just after Christmas last year we left Laos in a rush and headed for Australia so that my husband, Mike, could receive treatment for cancer. Now that he’s received the initial all-clear (hooray) we’re in the process of reassembling normal life. To … Continue reading The bumpy road back: Five ways to support families during transition and re-entry

Beyond Reverse Culture Shock Part 3: The Journey of Post-Traumatic Growth

by Shonna Ingram Welcome to Part 3 of our series, where we’ll explore each re-entry season in depth, uncovering how to apply the principles of post-traumatic growth and offering specific resources for each season of the journey. (If you missed them, you can read Part 1 and Part 2 at these links.) The concept of … Continue reading Beyond Reverse Culture Shock Part 3: The Journey of Post-Traumatic Growth

What Missionaries Need Today (a summary of the 2023 FieldPartner survey results)

by Christine Paterson At FieldPartner International, we believe that anybody who serves in the field cross-culturally should be properly trained, well-resourced, and wholeheartedly supported by their sending church. In 2023 we ran a survey to gain insight into the challenges and needs of cross-cultural workers worldwide. We heard from 137 respondents from 21 different countries … Continue reading What Missionaries Need Today (a summary of the 2023 FieldPartner survey results)

Unmet Expectations and Hope for the New Year

I didn’t expect it to be so hard. I didn’t expect to feel so lonely. I didn’t expect to still be struggling with the language. I didn’t expect it would be so hard to make friends. I didn’t expect that it would take so long to make/see a tangible difference. How many of us who … Continue reading Unmet Expectations and Hope for the New Year