#026: What Do You Do if You Feel Less “Spiritual” After Your Mission Trip


 

Host: Nikki Romani

Many of you have been on the mission field. You had a life changing experience. You saw things you never had seen before. Maybe you had to rely on God more than you ever had before. Your relationship with him strengthen. You saw and participated in healings and miracles. You had worship nights surrounded by the people you grew to love and cherish while abroad and have called each other into greatness.

What happens when this disappears? When you are no longer on the mission field and come home to the mundane you once left? How do you bring back the person you once were on the mission field?

First,  you are the same person. Yes, you may have new life experiences which mold and shape you, but deep down you are still YOU.

What to do:

  • Take time to sit and remember the times on the trip. This is an important part of the re-entry process and to learn more about this we have a resource for you. We have put together a guide so to say to help you process through and return home well. Here is a link to this resource!
  • Ask God who you are and who he sees you to be. Pray. Listen and write down what he tells you.
  • Ask yourself this question, “Do you see yourself as the person you were while on the mission field?”
  • Take responsibility for your relationship with Jesus. He is the ONLY one who makes us HOLY.
  • Find community. More on community in this episode
  • Simple acts. Do things you did while you were aboard like going out into your neighborhood to pray for people; make your friends dinner; host a worship night. Get creative and think outside of the box!

Leave us a comment with your idea about how you recreated what you did on your mission trip!

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#025: Staying Healthy While Traveling

Do you love to travel, but don’t know how to stay healthy while doing it? In today’s episode, Betsy and Nikki share practical ways to exercise, rest, and eat well while you are traveling or on the go! Make sure to share this episode with your travel buddy!

Hosts: Betsy Ramser Jaime and Nikki Romani

1. Create Travel Routines

  • Packing the same clothes whenever you travel.
  • Having a ‘Travel Uniform.’
  • Reducing the number of decisions you need to make.

2. Exercise

Equipment Ideas:

  • Find easy equipment
  • Jump Rope
  • Resistance Band
  • Running Shoes

Click here to see some of Nikki’s favorites!

Other Exercise Tips:

  • Try to stay at a hotel with a gym.
  • Go for a run or walk around where you’re staying.
  • Workout in your room.
      • Pushups
      • Situps
      • Air squats
      • Lunges
      • Running up and down stairs

3. Rest

  • Keep a consistent sleep schedule.
  • Figure out what makes you most comfortable.
  • Put screens away.
  • Incorporate stress reducing activities
    • Reading
    • Music

4. Diet

  • Keep yourself hydrated.
  • Keep healthy snacks on hand.
  • Focus on portion control.
  • Watch your sugar intake.

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#024: 4 Must Read Books on Career + Calling

In this solo episode Betsy shares 4 books on the topics of Career and Calling. If you want to make progress in your career but are feeling stuck, or, want a calling rather than just a job, then this is the episode for you.

Host: Betsy Ramser Jaime

In this solo episode Betsy shares 4 books on the topics of Career and Calling. If you want to make progress in your career but are feeling stuck, or, want a calling rather than just a job, then this is the episode for you.

The 4 Books:

 

Podcasts Mentioned:

Do you have any other book recommendations for us? Leave us a comment below. We’d love to hear from you!

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#023: Cultivating Community

Returning home after being abroad for however long, whether that’s 10 days or a year, you were constantly surrounded by people and now you aren’t. You were thrown into immediate community on your trip. How do you cultivate community when you get home? In today’s episode Nikki shares the importance of community and how to find community after you return home from your missions trip!

 

Host: Nikki Romani

Returning home after being abroad for however long, whether that’s 10 days or a year, you were constantly surrounded by people and now you aren’t. You were thrown into immediate community on your trip.

How do you cultivate community when you get home?

  • Plan meals with your friends
  • Live with one or 2 other people you can relate to and share beliefs with
  • Serve with friends. Go out into your community and sit with the homeless, pray for people together.

Where to find community?

  • Most people find community in church
  • Small groups/ life groups
  • If you cannot find a group to join, create your own!

What to look for in community?

  • Use discernment when looking for community
  • Find people who push your towards Jesus
  • People to usher in the Holy Spirit with
  • And don’t forget who like to have fun together!

Don’t get discouraged if this community doesn’t happen right away. Since you are not with these people 24/7, this is going to take time. This will take effort. This will require you to get in your car and drive somewhere. This will require you to put yourself out there.

If you need help finding a church in your area, leave a comment below and we will help you! We have started a list of churches throughout the United States and continuing to add. There may be a church on our list in your city! Reach out to us and we will connect you!

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#022: Sacred Space

The most important part of your day is the time you take for yourself. No, it’s not selfish. It’s a necessity. In order to serve others well, you need to make yourself top priority. You need to create a sacred space. A space special just for you. This is also known as “me” time. In this episode, Nikki gives 3 tips to create this sacred space.

Host: Nikki Romani

In this episode, you get to hang with Nikki as she shares about the importance of sacred space (the fancy name of “me time”). She shares about personally experiencing burnout, a place where she had nothing left to give to her team. She realized this was no place to be and did everyone a disservice. This happened while she was on a missions trip. She talks about how she dealt with this and the time she sat in a storage closet while on the field in order to find space to be alone. You must be creative sometimes. She also shares 3 tips to create sacred space

  1. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you need.

    • Let the people around you know what you need. Speak up! Be honest. If they care about you and are your friends they should understand and respect your wishes.
  2. Don’t go too long without this time.

    • This is not being selfish, this is a necessity! Remember in order to serve others you need to be filled up!
  3. Schedule ME time into your day. 

    • If you are traveling and your schedule changes day to day, one thing you know for sure is you will be sleeping somewhere so get up a 10-15 minutes earlier before you start your day when you don’t know what’s coming your way!
    •  “How to Thrive with a Routine”episode to hear how to schedule sacred space into your day to day.

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