BOOKS ON RE-ENTRY:
The member care website Missionary Care has several e-books on the topic of re-entry that can be downloaded for free, including books for children to help them understand and prepare for the transition.
Book titles include (descriptions from the Missionary Care website):
Missionaries go through major transitions when they move from their passport cultures to their host cultures and when they return "home." Of course, these transitions are discussed in this book; however, missionaries also go through transitions before they leave, while they are serving on the field and after they return. This book includes information about many of these transitions, including the final transition for all of us, the transition from earth to heaven.
Before You Come "Home": Preparing for Reentry
Written for people anticipating a return to their passport country several months in the future, this book helps them leave "right," making it easier for them to enter "right." Using the Exodus as a model, it gives them an overview of what is ahead so they will know what to expect and how to prepare for it.
Coming Home: The Reentry Transition
As a part of facilitating their reentry retreats, Ron and Bonnie wrote a brief guide to the process of reentry. You can use this book as a part of debriefing in a group, as an aid when being debriefed by another person, or alone as a part of a self-debriefing.
We're Going Home - Reentry for Elementary School Children with parent guide
Ron and Bonnie (an elementary teacher) wrote We’re Going Home (108 pages) for children ages 6-12 who are returning to their passport countries. Written at a third grade level, We’re Going Home includes the story of a family returning to its passport culture. Each chapter also has activities such as scrambled words, crossword puzzles, word searches, mazes, and codes. Ron also wrote I Don’t Want to Go Home (54 pages) as a companion volume for parents. Each chapter in the parent’s book has information about TCKs in the Bible, children’s TCK issues today, and suggestions to help children reenter well. Both books are included in each of the files to be downloaded below.
Reentry After Short Term Mission Service
Written for people returning to their passport country after a few weeks or months of missionary service, this book helps them not only reenter but also consider how they have changed and what that implies for their future. Using Jonah and Paul as examples, it also helps them process the good and bad events that occurred.
Other Recommended Reading:
Re-entry: Making the Transition from Missions to Life at Home by Peter Jordan
Burn-Up or Splash Down: Surviving the Culture Shock of Re-entry by Marion Knell
The Art of Coming Home by Craig Storti
Homeward Bound by Robin Pascoe
Returning Well by Melissa Chaplin
The Re-entry Team: Caring for Your Returning Missionaries by Neal Pirolo
Looming Transitions by Amy Young
Praying Our Goodbyes: A Spiritual Companion Through Life's Losses and Sorrows by Joyce Rupp