You made it! Now that you’re back from your overseas mission trip, how do you share all that you did with Americans back home? Here are four ideas:
(1) Be prepared: “How was your trip?” Family and friends will ask this as soon as you get back. Some people want all the details, but many will be content with a short summary. Be prepared for both. Come up with a one-sentence answer that summarizes your trip, but give it a “hook” for people who want to learn more.
Which of these answers would get you most interested in someone else’s trip?
(2) Be gracious: Those you talk to didn’t experience everything you did. Be gracious if they aren’t as interested or understanding as you expect. They might only have thirty seconds to hear about your trip, or they may ask more questions than you know how to answer. Whatever the case, flex to fit the situation and people you’re with.
(3) Find common ground: Share about things that were different or what some might call crazy in your country, but also think of what will relate to people who weren’t there. You can share about the wild food you ate but also about something that reminded you of home or a friend. Find common ground for communication.
(4) Give it time: It’s okay if you don’t have perfect answers or don’t share everything right away—give it time as you go through the process of adjusting back to the States.