East Asian students returning to churches back home often encounter different practices and perspectives from what they have come to appreciate in the UK. How should we help them understand and respond to these differences? Here are 5 case studies with background notes to stimulate thought and discussion among ISM workers.
The same resource as above, but formatted for printing as an A5 booklet; case studies and background notes in separate booklets. (Click on "booklet" when printing.)
The same resource as above, but formatted for printing as an A5 booklet; case studies and background notes in separate documents. (Just click on "booklet" when printing.)
Connecting students with Christians in the city they'll be returning (or moving on) to is a crucial part of helping them thrive. This document contains advice and contact info for various networks around the world.
Visting students who have returned to their home country is an important part of our ministry. This resource covers the why, when, how and what of making "returnee visits".
Full handouts for participants at a day workshop for Christian international students returning home, to be used alongside the Think Home workbook. Leader's Pack available below.
Detailed leader's notes and timetable for running a day workshop for Christian international students returning home, using the Think Home workbook and other resources. Participant's Packs also available for download.
Reflective questions for students to think through and discuss. A shorterned version of the published workbook Think Home.
Why people experience it, its stages and how can we help prepare for it.
6 scene drama portraying reverse culture shock experiences at home, in the workplace and with friends; from fun to fight/flight to fit.
Highlights the struggles of returnees who had become Christians while in the UK.
20 page booklet by China Outreach Ministries (USA) with studies on: Discerning God's call to return or remain, finding a church home, planning your personal ministry and workplace challenges. Excellent studies particularly suitable for those who have been Christians for more than a couple of months.
4 page leaflet outlining why and how we should be preparing international students to return home from the beginning of our ministry to them.
20 page booklet describing/evaluating useful resources and networks for returnees.