SPRINT Dominican Republic 2013

Seattle Pacific University students learning and serving alongside local leaders in the Dominican Republic.

They’ll be home soon!

Hello, friends!

After three weeks in the Dominican Republic, the team will return to the States this Saturday.  As you prepare to receive them, here are some things I hope you’ll think about to help the team make the most of this trip.

For those of you meeting students at the airport, here’s flight information:

  • Lily and Nichole return to Seattle on July 6 at 10:47 PM on United #675
  • Andrea and Millie return to Portland on July 6 at 8:49 PM on United 1103
  • Natalie returns to Miami on July 6 at 3:30 PM on American 1398

As the group returns, they’ll continue to think through this experience and its implications for their lives.  It’s likely that this mental processing will involve at least some of these elements:

  • Relief upon returning to familiar surroundings,
  • Frustration with aspects of home culture that appear less desirable than the cultural values experienced during the SPRINT experience,
  • Sadness and joy over relationships and memories developed during the trip,
  • And hopefully, Resolve to incorporate the learning from this trip into daily life as life moves on.

It’s our hope that SPRINT participants will return to “life as usual” with expanded worldviews and a clearer sense of God’s work in their lives.  The learning process continues after the trip experience; students will participate in a debriefing gathering in October, and will be encouraged to continue meeting with their SPRINT team to share the story of their host’s work and encourage future generations of SPRINT participants to serve.

I encourage you to give your student time to catch up on sleep, then set aside an extended period of time to share pictures and stories.  Don’t expect completely-formed opinions immediately; the reflection process takes time.  We remind returning SPRINTers that not everyone will have time to hear the whole story, but that they should find a few people with whom to share the longer, more in-depth account. 

I’ve mailed team members some discussion questions and a copy of the Global Citizen Journal, published by the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship (www.kristafoundation.org), to help them think through their experience as they move forward.  If you’ve got time, I’d encourage you to talk though some of these materials with your student.

Thanks for your support of students on this team!   Please let me know if you have questions.



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3 thoughts on “They’ll be home soon!

  1. Shari Gaffney on said:

    Thanks Owen! Sounds like they have had a great trip!

    Sent from my iPhone

    • spuperkinscenter on said:

      Great trip for sure! I’m excited to see how this experience shapes their career and ministry plans! – Owen.

  2. Heather on said:

    Looking forward to seeing you all soon, and wish you a safe travel back. If you would like to talk to one of the GlobeSprinting Debriefing Coaches before classes start please feel free to contact us. My email is rodneyh@spu.edu.

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