“My life is changed forever and I will never be the same.” Her eyes filled with tears as she choked back the emotions that were building. “My expectations didn’t even come close to preparing me for this.” I handed her a tissue and waited for her to continue. I knew what was coming…I never tire of hearing their stories about how God showed up, usually in some unusual and unexpected way.
Patricia had just returned from living 6 weeks in another culture as part of our “Edge” program. Her experience had been a positive one, which she felt might be one more confirmation of her call to go long term. My role was to debrief her, which means I helped her process her summer experience.
She was just one of some 126 young college age adults giving up their summer break to work and learn alongside our career church-planters working with the least reached people around the world.
Our hope is that the participants in this program will grow in their passion for God, view of the world, and understanding of themselves as they learn and serve.
The first 4 days of their trip involves cross-cultural training and team building just before leaving the states.
(Around 8 of the participants received their orientation in England with our British mobilization base located there.)
Once overseas, they live with a missionary family or possibly in the home of a national for 4, 6 or 8 weeks depending on their destination.
And finally they return to the US via Orlando, to go through the debriefing process.