When they come back for a visit
With credit to overseas travel today, overseas field workers are able to return to their passport countries quickly and more frequently compared to the pioneers who spent up to three months traveling by boat. These trips could be yearly or several times a year.
While there need not be a basis for the trip, reasons include visiting family and friends, medical check-ups, reporting to church/agency/supporters, holidays, rest, and emergencies. Depending on the purpose, these visits can be as short as a week or as long as several few months, but usually with the intent of returning to the field.
While they are back, for whatever reason they may have, how may we bless them? Opening our homes, bringing them out for a meal, or simply acknowledging them in church? What are some ways we can encourage and edify them in their cross-cultural ministry when they are in our midst?