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ABIDE     reentry retreat

Reentry can be a time of diverse emotions and expectations which can lead to unexpected feelings of frustration, grief, and isolation.  This one-week renewal for those transitioning back into American culture debriefs the cross-cultural experience, explores reverse culture shock, and equips for healthy reentry into the home culture.

ACCESS     church coaching

These weekend seminars challenge and educate local churches to move to the next level with their current missions strategy and learn how to better care for their missionaries so they may more effectively partner with them on the field.  Local churches will interact with missions leaders and discover ways of raising the bar of their missions program or discover a place to start if they don’t have one at all.

ACQUIRE     language acquisition

Applying effective techniques and possessing a positive attitude significantly impact the language learner’s confidence and success in the language acquisition process which can result in increased effectiveness and longevity on the field. This two-week intensive training empowers cross-cultural workers with the best known current strategies and tools in language acquisition.

ORIENT     pre-departure training

This two-week pre-departure training in partnership with Discovery Ministries equips prospective cross-cultural workers with a solid foundation in and inspiration for spiritual formation, tips for leaving well, coping strategies for culture shock, principles and approaches for cultural adaptation, interpersonal skills, methods for team building, awareness of singleness and family issues.


I’ve really enjoyed this time of fellowship and discussion.  It’s been great to hear advice, other’s experiences, and just get tools to work with.  This has really helped me think about and process past and future.

—Former Participant, currently serving in Eastern Europe

I liked that the training gave us both group and individual time to process.  I also liked the blend of Bible, research, and activities.

—Former Participant

I’m so glad I came!  Overall, it was good, helpful, and life-giving!

—Abide Participant

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