Returning Sent Ones: In Their Own Words

A unique look at the trauma faced by missionaries entering and exiting cultures.

Broken Missiology

Image-1The following is an excerpt from The Upstream Collective‘s ebook, Receiving Sent Ones During Reentry: The Challenges of Returning “Home” and How Churches Can Help. Used with permission.

Furlough. Evacuation. Resignation. Illness. Retirement.

That’€™s a short list of reasons Larry and Sarah Jenkins* returned from overseas.

I have known them for eight years. I have learned enough for a lifetime. If there i€™s anyone I could write a biography on, it would be this couple. If there i€™s anyone I could place at a table with sent ones, it’€™s them. So I’m going to help you get as close to that reality as possible. Here, in their own words, are their many experiences as returning sent ones.


Over the course of Larry and Sarah’s 26 years in Africa (stretched over 40 years of coming and going), they survived multiple furloughs. Though necessary times of cultural rest, furloughs also brought on…

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By Lea Peters

I'm a cultural misfit Jesus lover, wife, mom, and missionary serving with my husband in Africa since 1987.

2 replies on “Returning Sent Ones: In Their Own Words”

Taking things for granted is serious. Country, friends, family. Much prayers needed. Prayers for missionaries daily. Superheroes or not, I love you and praying for you.

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