If you are reading this because you are serving as a Returning Well Companion, first and foremost, thank you! Thank you for giving the gift of serving as a companion, and to that end, I want to make sure you have what you need to feel confident in this vital role you are playing in the life of your friend.
An Article for You
The first piece of equipping for you to engage is the “Serving as a Returning Well Companion” article. A copy of this article is in the back of your friend’s guidebook or you may download it here using the password from your friend's guidebook. Please read this article at least once, if not before every meeting with your friend. Also, you will want to bring this article with you to every meeting as it contains questions specific to each meeting that match the material your friend has engaged between meetings.
An Optional, but Encouraged, Preparation
Next, before your first meeting with your friend, we recommend that you watch the movie Cast Away. Watching Cast Away will help prepare you to be an effective companion as it will give you an understanding of the transitions inherent in cross-cultural life including departure, adjustment, and re-entry. Further, given that your friend has also been encouraged to watch it, the movie will allow the two of you to have a common starting place for a debriefing that leads to renewal. Your friend has a “Cast Away Content Advisory for Faith-Based Audiences” should you desire to see it before watching the movie. This advisory is also available here using the password provided in your friend's guidebook. Visit the "Questions for Getting Started" section on the FAQ page for ideas on where to buy or rent Cast Away.
Have you ever wondered how Returning Well actually came about? Listen to author, Melissa Chaplin, as she shares the story of Returning Well.
Have you ever wondered the value of engaging Returning Well during re-entry, or even the value of serving as a Companion? Listen to this this interview of how Returning Well made a difference during one returnee's season of re-entry.
Finally, should you desire additional equipping for your role, this webinar series has been created with you in mind. As you consider engaging the following webinars, keep these three things in mind:
- These webinars build on each other. No matter who you are, start with the first webinar and build up from there.
- Download the handout and reflection guide for each webinar to enhance your webinar engagement.
- Share the love! If you know someone else who would benefit from Returning Well or these webinars, please let them know!
1. Stepping into Your Role as a Companion
This webinar will empower you to more fully step into your role as a Companion by giving a brief introduction to Returning Well and then exploring the most critical aspects of your role as well as practical tools to use along the way.
2. Understanding the Re-entry Transition Process to Better Serve as a Returning Well Companion
This webinar will enhance your understanding of the transition that your returnee is going through and give you insight on how best to come alongside your returnee during this poignant time.
3. Coach as Companion
“Returning Well sizzles with relevance and satisfies a pressing need in the cross-cultural community. This well-paced guidebook speaks to the heart of a cross-cultural servant with amazing sensitivity. With the clever use of a movie, this book is more than a ‘must-read’; it is a captivating experience. As a coach for cross-cultural sojourners, this is a practical tool I’ll be recommending until I die! I wish I'd had a copy when I returned after living more than twenty years overseas!”
- Sherri Dodd, Founder and CEO of Advance Global Coaching