Returnee Timeline 18 Month Plan

Begin Prep

  1. Think Home
  2. Conference or retreat (under development)
  3. Go through the W Curve/Stages of Transition
  4. “What to expect”(under development)
  5. Contacting IFES or other
  6. Visiting churches run in heart language, where possible

Leave

  1. Give Back Home
  2. Give Digital Bible Society library in their language
  3. Contact IFES or other with final contact and city information
  4. Conduct exit interview

1 Month Check

  1. Are you using Back Home? How is it?
  2. Have you found a Christian community?
  3. Are you taking a Sabbath?
  4. How is your family? How are your friendships?
  5. What unexpected changes have you encountered?

2 Month Check

  1. Are you using Back Home? How is it?
  2. How are your studies/work different than you expected?
  3. Are you able to attend church?
  4. Have you experienced any reverse culture shock?
  5. How is your family? How are your friendships?
  6. What unexpected changes have you encountered?

6 Month Check

  1. How are your studies/work different than you expected?
  2. Are you able to attend church?
  3. What stage are you in (fight, flight, fit, fun)?
  4. In what ways have you changed to fit back in to your old life? In what ways have you kept changes that happened in the US?
  5. How are you seeing God at work?
  6. What things are you learning about God?

10 Month Check

  1. In what ways are you bringing God to your school/workplace?
  2. How have you gotten involved with church community?
  3. What things have you been learning about the church as it is in your country?
  4. How have you been learning from your church leaders?
  5. What stage of cultural transition are you in (fight, flight, fit, fun)?
  6. What part of reentry are you in (initiate, imitate, integrate)?

14 Month Check

  1. In what ways are you bringing God to your school/workplace?
  2. How have you gotten involved with church community?
  3. How is your relationship with your family? With your friends?
  4. Is there someone intentionally meeting with you to talk about spiritual things? How often do you meet? How has that helped you?

18 Month Check

  1. Ask specific questions related to their situation and country.
  2. Talk about Lordship.
  3. Discuss church community and witnessing strategies.