First, you should consider creating a weekly communication during this crisis (or whatever frequency you prefer) to stay engaged with your trip participants while we all wait to learn next steps and what’s coming.
Everyone understands the unknown of the current situation. We believe this is a great time for you to stay engaged regularly with your participants and continue to keep their hearts and minds engaged in a missional perspective of life.
NOTE: There’s no ideal time line for a resource like this... keep evaluating each week if still needed.
Here are a few suggestions for what you might include in a weekly digest:
Prayer requests - share prayer requests from your church, organization, partners, or other things.
Scripture verses - teach and edify your participants so they can continue to grow in their faith.
Key updates - keep everyone updated on anything new from you or the field. People want to know!
Stories - share stories from the partner on the field or other things you’re hearing and learning. We’re all in this together.
One thing you could do - give suggestions for one key thing each time that they can do.
Survey question - get to know your constituents better, send out a survey each time to learn about their missional interests, challenges, or desires.
Note from you - make it personal and share from your heart how things are going.
Sermon resource - share any sermons or lessons from your pastor or other churches (make sure to give credit!)
Blog article - write or share a blog article about how others are working through this interesting time.
We hope this post encourages you to start communicating more regularly during this time.
This is one post of many we're doing related to the current crisis. Download Cancelled: A Guide to Maintaining Missions Engagement When Your Short-Term Trip is Cancelled.