When Sheri and I started Life Impact through our Oasis in Sunriver, Oregon, we always enjoyed doing Debriefs with our missionary guests.
Often they didn’t realize that something negative and depressing was stuck in their emotional crawl. Like a tire with a small air leak, this issue was slowly sapping spiritual and emotional energy. Anger was closer to the surface of reaction.
If these issues were brought to light, looked at, discussed, prayer over and put behind the missionary — they could start focusing on the future without an ’emotional leak’ in their soul.
Debriefs do help us as we come out of the heat of the battle!
Here’s a good article on this subject, Debriefing: Do I Need It? by Anisha Hopkinson.
Anisha was born to Chilean and Texan parents, first tasted missions in Mexico, fell in love with an Englishman in Africa, and now lives in Indonesia.
Anisha has a list of resources for Debriefing, and I’d like to highlight my organization, Life Impact Ministries. Our staff do debriefs in hosted centers we call Oases. Check those out here — we’ve got 12 places to go for debriefs.