Nurturing Relationships Across Continents.

To the missionaries returning from their service abroad, one of the most treasured aspects of your journey is undoubtedly the relationships you formed. These connections, whether with fellow missionaries, locals, or others you met along the way, can have a lasting impact on your life. However, maintaining these relationships after returning home can be challenging due to distance, cultural differences, and the hustle of daily life. Let’s explore effective ways to stay connected while emphasizing the importance of respectful and culturally sensitive communication.

Ways to Maintain Relationships Post-Mission.

  1. Regular Communication: Utilize technology to stay in touch. Regular emails, messages, social media, or video calls can keep the lines of communication open. Set up a schedule that works across different time zones.
  2. Sharing Updates and Photos: Keep your mission friends updated on your life back home and encourage them to do the same. Sharing photos or small anecdotes can keep the connection alive and vibrant.
  3. Sending Letters or Care Packages: In areas where internet access is limited, consider traditional mail. Sending letters or care packages can be a heartfelt way to show you care.
  4. Planning Reunions or Visits: If possible, plan visits or reunions. These get-togethers can strengthen bonds and create new memories.
  5. Collaborating on Projects or Causes: If you worked on specific projects or causes during your mission, continue to collaborate or support these initiatives from home.
  6. Supporting Each Other’s Endeavors: Show interest and support for the endeavors of those you met, whether it’s a community project they’re working on or a personal milestone.

The Importance of Respectful and Culturally Sensitive Communication.

  1. Understand Cultural Differences: Be mindful of cultural norms and communication styles. What’s commonplace in your culture may be interpreted differently in another.
  2. Avoid Assumptions: Don’t make assumptions about their current situation based on your experiences during the mission. Be open to learning about their current reality.
  3. Respect Privacy: Be considerate about privacy, especially when sharing updates or photos involving others on social media or public platforms.
  4. Language Sensitivity: If there’s a language barrier, make efforts to communicate clearly, and be patient with misunderstandings.
  5. Show Genuine Interest: Cultivate a genuine interest in their culture and life. This shows respect and deepens mutual understanding.


The relationships formed during your mission can be a source of lifelong friendship and support. Maintaining these connections requires effort, sensitivity, and a commitment to understanding and respecting cultural differences. By nurturing these relationships, you not only keep the spirit of your mission alive but also continue to enrich your life with diverse perspectives and enduring friendships. Remember, the bonds formed across continents can be some of the most impactful, teaching us about love, empathy, and the power of human connection.

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