What's Next: Re-Entry


It is not too early to begin thinking about what your life will be like when you return for your Expedition Trip. Below are some helpful tips for thinking about your Expedition. 




You might not keep a regular journal but during your Expedition Trip you might consider writing down things each day that you don’t want to forget. These could include lessons learned, personal commitments made, things God showed you, people who impacted you, highlights and observations. 




The most common question you might hear upon returning is “How was your trip?”  Some people ask this question as a formality or greeting; while others will really want to know.  Anticipating that people have different levels of interest can help you “make friends” with this question rather than to despise it.  One way to anticipate a person’s interest level is to have answers of varying lengths that can be used when someone asks “How was your trip?”


¨  The “sound-bite” - Write a 15 second response. Just a short, friendly answer.

¨  The “commercial” - Write a one minute response, inviting them to hear more.

¨  The “interested conversation” – Write a five minute response (Of course anticipating that this is a dialogue in a normal conversation.)



Sometimes re-entry back from your Expedition can be difficult. Generally it’s because you have changed or are changing in your attitudes and values, and you are coming back to an environment that has not changed in the same way.  On your way back home, spend some time answering these questions to deal with and get practical with your Expedition experience.


The first three days I am home I want to make sure I…


The first full week I am home I want to make sure I…


The first month that I am home I want to make sure I…


The first three months I am home I want to make sure I…


Over the next year I hope to make adjustments in my life in the following areas:


End of Trip Debrief

It's important for people to see their trip as a beginning or continuation of the Lord's work in their lives, not as a one‑time deal, You might ask questions about how this experience will affect their lives back home. What are some ways they can care for the less fortunate back in their own city or community? What things can they share? In what ways can they serve others?

We often talk about the following  equation with trip leaders and teams

Resources + Relationships = Regeneration

Your group provided both resources (the cost of the trip, project or camp costs) and the relationships (themselves!), to compliment the relationships represented by the Young Life volunteers and staff in the host‑country to help bring regeneration to the lives of the local youth. Even though your folks might not be able to see the immediate impact of their service, they can be encouraged to know that for years to come, literally thousands of young people will have a chance to hear the gospel as a result of their work and their willingness to give of their time, their energy, their fundraising, their very lives!


Post Trip Gathering

Finally, we strongly suggest that you continue to process this experience with your group after you return home. In addition to gathering for future study, reflection and discussion, you might organize a picture‑swapping party, one-on-one times with each team member and a group work‑project for the needy in your local community. Maybe you do this on a regular basis. Encourage them to be life‑changers, not mere spectators!

You might read aloud the following page entitled "if the world were a village..." It gives folks a great perspective on what it means to be a North American in the world at large. The facts might challenge them to broaden their thinking in relation to the rest of the world.

If the world were a village ...

"If the world were a global village of 100 people, one‑third of them would be rich or of moderate income, two‑thirds would be poor. Of the 100 residents, 47 would be unable to read, and only one would have a college education. About 35 would be suffering from hunger and malnutrition; at least half would be homeless or living in sub‑standard housing. If the world were a global village of 100 people, 6 of them would be Americans. These 6 would have over a third of the village's entire income, and the other 94 would subsist on the other two‑thirds. How could the wealthy 6 live in peace with their neighbors? Surely they would be driven to arm themselves against the other 94, perhaps even to spend, as Americans do, about twice as much per person on military defense as the total income of the two‑thirds of the villagers." Joan Bodner


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