Life After a Faith Adventure
So you just got back from Haiti. Maybe it was last week. Maybe 6 months ago. Maybe even 6 years ago. Regardless of where you are in your journey back from Haiti, one thing remains true for all of us: our eyes were opened and we experienced things we will never forget. Chances are, the Lord also called you to something or revealed something unexpected to you. God has a way of doing that when the noise of everyday life is silenced long enough for us to hear what he’s been trying to tell us all along.
The trick is, how do we bring back what we experienced and actually do something about it?
In the first few days and weeks after a Faith Adventure, everything is fresh. The faces of the kids we took endless selfies with. The word or phrase God spoke to us. The impact of the country, people, things we saw and relationships that were formed.
Not only that, but the reverse culture shock of being home still follows us as we feel both challenged by and grateful for the commodities of life we previously overlooked. In other words, everything in life is seen through Haiti-colored lenses.
But then life settles in. People stop asking about our experience. Deadlines at work become all consuming along with who’s in charge of carpool, running errands, weekend plans and what’s for dinner. It’s natural of course, to do all of these things. Expected actually. The challenge is combining the life we knew with the experience we just had. After all, Faith Adventures aren’t meant to stop the moment we land at LAX.
Re-entry is a process everyone goes through that is often described as, but not limited to, the following.
- Awareness: What new things have you been awakened to and how will you be different because of them?
- Adjustment: Who will you share your story with? Who will hold you accountable for how you are going to be different?
- Activation: What is one thing you must do relative to your experience?
- Advocate: Who can you give a voice to from the global church?
Easy right? Not necessarily. It would be ideal if we all progressed through these steps and discovered how God is calling us to continue our involvement and advocate for the global church. But often the chaos of life slowly overpowers the still, small voice calling us to something new.
The good news is, it’s never too late. In fact, the time that has passed since your Faith Adventure may now be a part of the journey leading you to your next step.
Whether it’s been days, months or years from your time in Haiti, God is still calling and waiting for your answer. He’s been preparing you. There is still time to get involved, start that ministry or mend that relationship. There is still time to own the word or name God gave you, and there is always time to take the next step in your faith journey.
“For even the son of man did not come to be served, but to serve, to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45
How, you ask? My suggestion to you is this. Start by looking through the photos from your Faith Adventure. If you journaled, even better. Read what you wrote. Let all the memories, faces, and emotions come back. Remember the things God revealed to you. Then, call/text/Facebook/email/contact someone, anyone from your team and make plans to see them. Catch up on life, then be bold and talk about your time in Haiti and what your journey has been since you came home. Finally, I want you to remember what mattered and what you want to do about it.
It may not be easy, and it will take both time and sacrifice, but it will be worth it. After all, what better way to live than on the path God called you to, with him by your side?
“There is one happy place, and that is in the will of God.” – David Livingstone
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