Sometimes when a year is all jumbled together inside of our heads, hearts, and souls, whatever is on the top of the pile is all that we can see.
So the year was all crisis or all joy, no nuance.
Sorting—aka reflecting and preparing—can help you to see gems or heartaches that you might miss because they are buried at the bottom.
That’s why we have created a 17 page packet designed specifically for cross-cultural workers. This is the fourth year we’ve offered this. Want to know one of the most asked questions in our inbox and DM’s? “Are you doing the year end reflecting packet?!”
After seeing last year’s packet, Jessica said, “I couldn’t believe that something was so perfectly geared to me and my life. As I flipped through the pages, I knew this packet would actually help me reflect with the Lord on my year.”
When you think of 2022, your initial reaction might be, “2022 has been a bit of a nightmare, and I’d rather not look back, thank you very much!” I’m reminded of a comment after the first time we shared this resource: “I’m so glad I did this packet because I thought all my year was awful and marked by loss. This packet allowed me to record the hard parts and see that it wasn’t all awful. There was some good.”
Here’s how to use the 17 page reflection packet:
1. Print it out, transfer questions to a notebook, or type your answers directly into the document—whatever works best for you.
2. Mark your calendar for January 11 to join a party and discuss your completed (or partially completed!) packet. The parties will be 7:00–8:00 a.m. MST and 1:00–2:00 p.m. MST on Wednesday, January 11th.
3. Spend time with someone—God, your spouse, or a friend—working through this packet.
This year we’re charging a nominal fee for two reasons: we believe it is honorable for you to invest in yourself and your year, and our costs have increased. We don’t want to provide you a lesser quality of resources in 2023! Know that the Global Trellis team is praying for you in the days ahead and looking forward to hearing about how God met you in this challenge. We’ve also got some surprises planned, so stay tuned and invite other cross-cultural workers to join in the fun!