It is important to care for our summer missionaries as they return from the field because they go through so much transition as they come back to the US. We need to be sensitive to how they want to use the lessons on the field to change the way we do church here. Here are some things I recommend that church leadership can do.
1. Listen. Realize that you have invested a lot into your summer missionaries and be willing to hear out any ideas they might bring to existing ministires.
2. Care. Don’t be satisfied with a 1 sentence recap of their time on the field. Have ongoing discussions with summer missionaries and continue to ask how they have grown or have been challenged by their experience.
3. Pray. Don’t stop praying for your missionaries now that they are back in the US. Their missionary journey isn’t over and neither should your commitment to pray for them.