The Institute of World Mission has created a short course to cover the basics of the Re-Entry experience. It takes about 15 minutes of reading and is not graded. Create an account and enroll for free.
Re-Entry retreats are a great way to debrief your mission experience with others who are also returning from service. This is a time not only for reflection and building friendships, but also discovering tools to navigate the "re-entry" transition to your home culture.
Student Missionaries, contact the student missions office on your campus to find out when a Re-Entry Retreat weekend may be scheduled. If you already graduated or did not go through an Adventist university, you may want to contact your nearest Adventist university to ask if they would accommodate you. Links to the mission website pages for each university is provided below:
Canadian University College
Loma Linda University
Pacific Union College
Southern Adventist University
Southwestern Adventist University
Walla Walla University
Washington Adventist University
Those who have returned from mission service often need support. Sometimes it's as simple as finding someone who can listen as you remember and process your experience, and often family, friends or former co-missionaries can help fill this role. But sometimes pastoral or professional Christian counseling care can be very helpful in debriefing and processing.
If you are a student at a Seventh-day Adventist college or university, we encourage you to talk with your Student Missions Coordinator or Chaplain on campus so they can provide that support or assist you in finding the care that you need.
If you are not a student at an SDA university or are currently off-campus, you may want to contact your local church pastor to find a Christian counselor in your area. Below is a directory of Christian counselors provided by NAD Family Ministries.
The support and successful re-entry experience of our volunteers is a priority to the NAD Office of Volunteer Ministries. You are encouraged to contact our office at any time for assistance in finding support, or to simply share more about your mission experience.