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Hello, friends!

After a month in Malawi the team will return to the States July 19. As you prepare to receive them, here are some things I hope you’ll think about to help the team make the most of this trip.

For those of you meeting students at the airport, here’s flight information:

Gretchen, Olena and Sarah return to Seattle on July 19 on KLM/Delta 6033 at 11:40 am.

Bryan returns to Kansas City on July 20 on United 5853 at 12:24 am.

Daniel and Mariel arrive in New York on July 19 on KLM 6071 at 12:50 pm.

As the group returns, they’ll continue to think through this experience and its implications for their lives. It’s likely that this mental processing will involve at least some of these elements:

· Relief upon returning to familiar surroundings,

· Frustration with aspects of home culture that appear less desirable than the cultural values experienced during the SPRINT experience,

· Sadness and joy over relationships and memories developed during the trip,

· And hopefully, Resolve to incorporate the learning from this trip into daily life as life moves on.

It’s our hope that SPRINT participants will return to “life as usual” with expanded worldviews and a clearer sense of God’s work in their lives. The learning process continues after the trip experience; students will participate in a debriefing gathering in October, and will be encouraged to continue meeting with their SPRINT team to share the story of their host’s work and encourage future generations of SPRINT participants to serve.

I encourage you to give your student time to catch up on sleep, then set aside an extended period of time to share pictures and stories. Don’t expect completely-formed opinions immediately; the reflection process takes time. We remind returning SPRINTers that not everyone will have time to hear the whole story, but that they should find a few people with whom to share the longer, more in-depth account.

I’ve mailed team members some discussion questions and a copy of the Global Citizen Journal, published by the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship (www.kristafoundation.org), to help them think through their experience as they move forward. If you’ve got time, I’d encourage you to talk though some of these materials with your student.

Thanks for your support of students on this team! Please let me know if you have questions.

Owen.

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4 thoughts on “Home soon

  1. Joan Carlson on said:

    Owen,
    Thank you for this amazing opportunity these SPRINT students have had. We really appreciate your involvement in all the details and keeping us up to date.
    We are so impressed with Seattle Pacific University, the SPRINT program, and all the people involved. What a blessing our daughter (and son, graduate 2011) have had being a part of this awesome school. Thank you so much.

    • spuperkinscenter on said:

      Thanks, Joan!

      It’s been fun to walk alongside this team. I’ve worked with Gretchen through SPU’s Urban Involvement program also – you’ve got a great kid!

  2. As a missions pastor, I want to thank you for giving us parents some idea of how to help our students process their experiences well. The disconnect between life back home for the parents and the amazing adventure they’ve been on can create some immediate communication and expectation issues between parents and their student.
    Some questions parents can ask are: 1) what did you enjoy most/least?2) what did you learn about God on this trip? 3) what did you learn about yourself and your faith? 4) what did you learn about the people you served and how will that impact your worldview? 5) how will you carry what you learned forward so your experiences make a difference in God’s kingdom?
    Thank you for all you’ve done and will do Owen. You have been a great impact on Bryan!

    • spuperkinscenter on said:

      Thanks, Jana!

      Parents are a really key piece of the post-trip “now what?” conversation. Thanks for posting those questions – they’re helpful reminders!

      It’s been fun getting to know Bryan – I really appreciate the intentionality with which he approached this trip and the SPRINT process.

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