Debriefing and Re-entry

"He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus" -- Philippians 1:6

During and after Commission Unto Mexico, participants will "debrief." Debriefing is a primary strategy used to decrease the negative effects of being out of one's comfort zone as well as helping people incorporate long-term positive changes in attitude and even lifestyle. In a "debriefing" a leader reviews the purposes of the the mission trip, encourages the participant to ask questions about the experiences, and allows the leader to address any unresolved issues that have resulted from the mission trip.

Commission Unto Mexico participants need to understand that the host of reactions they are experiencing are normal. The participants as well as family and friends need to understand that one good way for people to process what happened to them is to tell and re-tell their mission trip stories.

Good debriefing and re-entry preparation will ensure that mission trip participants understand that a short-term mission experience is not just a dot on the timeline of someone's life. a self-contained event in one's life. Rather than being a self-contained event, Commission Unto Mexico participants must see how that trip fits into their life-long discipleship journey.

Athletes are often told to "follow through." How you finish does matter. As you return home from Commission Unto Mexico "follow through" on your resolutions, commitments and dreams!

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"I am the mother of a participant in Commission Unto Mexico. My daughter came back changed. She has always been loving and caring. However, she experienced God's love and shared God's love in a whole new way on this trip." -- Sandee Kellett

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