Because they have been receiving inquiries about the reentry retreats they have facilitated for various agencies, they have decided to offer one-day debriefs (mini-retreats) at GO InterNational in Wilmore, Kentucky. GO International invites missionaries to a one-day debrief for returning missionaries. These debriefs will follow the general theme of Coming “Home”: The Reentry Transition by Ron & Bonnie Koteskey. This book is available free of charge on this website
Why have such a debrief?
After Jesus’ disciples returned from their evangelistic trip and reported to him what they had done, they were besieged by many people coming and going. Jesus said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest” (Mark 6). When returning to your passport culture, it is very helpful to spend some time reflecting on where you have been, where you are, and where you are going. This is especially true if, like Naomi returning to her passport country, you say, “I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty” (Ruth 1).
Who is invited to attend this debrief?
The Reentry debrief is for missionaries back from the field for at least a month (six weeks or more is preferred). We have no provision for children or teenagers, so parents are responsible for finding child care at their home.
Where will the debrief be held?
We will meet at the office of Go International, 503 Wilder Reynolds Lane , Wilmore, Kentucky. Lunch is provided.
In addition, due to COVID-19 we do debriefs via Zoom. Though not as personal as doing it face to face this is much simpler, allows flexibility, and is better than nothing.
What is the cost of the debrief?
There is no charge for the debrief itself; it is compliments of GO International.
Where will the participants stay?
Individuals or couples are responsible for arranging and paying for their own transportation (Lexington, KY Airport is 20 miles away), lodging, and breakfasts. Lodging in the $60-80 range per couple (double occupancy, including breakfast) is available at bed and breakfasts in Wilmore. For those who prefer motels, there are several within seven miles in Nicholasville, and within 15 miles in Lexington.
When will the debrief be held?
We will schedule each retreat with each individual or couple at a time available for all.
What is the schedule like?
There is no set schedule, but we usually begin about 9:00 AM and talk about good things that have happened and difficult things that have happened. Following lunch we discuss where the missionaries are (emotionally) and what they see in their future. Those who have printed copies of Coming “Home”: The Reentry Transition, read it thoroughly, and made notes of what they want to discuss usually finish in early afternoon. Those who do not prepare tend to finish later in the day.
Where can I get further information?