Multiple studies estimate that Americans spend more that $2 billion annually on short-term missions. With the rising cost of travel and the increased number of agencies providing short-term mission opportunities, this figure is sure to rise. When the cost of study abroad and student exchange programs is added in, the figure soars astronomically.
Unfortunately, most participants enjoy the experience, but after returning to their home culture become so absorbed in their present activity that they fail to experience significant spiritual transformation form the encounter. Many believe that intentional debriefing is crucial for facilitating spiritual growth after a cultural experience. Yet very few resources are dedicated to this specific step.
Now What? Spiritual Discernment for Cultural Encounters is one such resource. Using a combination of reflection questions and Ignatian principles, this workbook facilitates spiritual discernment in the lives of those who have traveled abroad. It moves participants from short-term missions to long-term maturity, from tourism to transformation.