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Below are frequently asked questions. If your questions is not addressed, please write or call and we are happy to help! 

For ACCESS church coaching, the church(es) requesting training provide meals and accommodations.

Yes, once registered and paid, you may transfer to a later training session.

Registering early will help to ensure your place in a training. For ORIENT pre-field trainings, the deadline is 60 days prior to the start date. This helps us to plan and prepare for class size and age ranges of children. It is important, however, that those registering be as certain as possible of their participation. This helps avoid late cancellations, which in turn helps avoid the cancellation of childcare workers hired to staff a projected need based on registrations received.

For ORIENT pre-field trainings, Springfield, MO airport (SGF) is the most ideal. From the airport to the the facility is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes. The next closest airport is St. Louis (STL), and the distance to the facility is about 3 hours.

In ORIENT pre-field training, days are full and evenings are free. Breakfast begins at 7:00am, with morning sessions, interactive elements and breaks from 7:30 until lunch at 12:00. Afternoon sessions continue afterwards with interactive elements and coffee breaks until dinner at 6:00pm/ Refreshments are served morning and afternoon, and the coffee never stops flowing.

We encourage participants in ORIENT pre-field trainings to attend between 2-6 months prior to their planned departure date. This allows you the margin in life to absorb the training and sufficient time afterwards to process and begin to implement what you have learned. It also puts the training close enough to your departure date that momentum and clarity are not lost. This is, of course, only an ideal window, and we strongly believe that it is better to receive training at a time that falls outside this window rather than none at all.

Living and serving cross-culturally will present unique challenges and trials, as well as potential for great joys and rewards. ORIENT pre-field training is designed for anyone planning to serve in long-term cross-cultural work who wants to gain skills and insights for longevity and effectiveness in ministry. ␣ It is designed for those who desire to learn crucial skills such as navigating conflict, building trust, discerning personal and cultural values, adapting with flexibility without sacrificing righteousness or identity, entering with clear and realistic expectations and more. Dr. Darrel Whitman of The Mission Society has aptly posed the question: "If doctors and lawyers were to practice their trade without adequate training, they would be accused of malpractice. It is just as critical that missionaries be prepared thoroughly in their disciplines - in the art of communicating and living out the gospel across cultural and language barriers." "What about kids?" If you're taking your children to the field, bring them to training! We train whole families and highly encourage those moving cross-culturally to plan to include their children in training. The beginning portion of ORIENT includes an outdoor wilderness experience which serves as an experiential platform for much of what we unpack in the rest of the training. Please plan to include your children ages 10 and over in the wilderness portion, while children younger than this can join afterwards for the classroom component, as age-appropriate training for them is part of ORIENT. Please contact us with questions.

For ORIENT pre-field trainings, housing and meals are included in your costs. Participants are housed on-site and breakfast, lunch and dinner are served each day.

Yes, once registered and paid, you may transfer to a later training session.

Registering early will help to ensure your place in a training. For ABIDE re-entry debriefing, the deadline is 30 days prior to the start date. This helps us to plan and prepare for class size and age ranges of children. It is important, however, that those registering be as certain as possible of their participation. This helps avoid late cancellations, which in turn helps avoid the cancellation of childcare workers hired to staff a projected need based on registrations received.

For ABIDE re-entry debriefing, Joplin, MO airport (JLN) is most ideal at less than ten minutes from our facility. Other nearby airports include Springfield, MO (SGF) at 1 hour 10 minutes away, Bentonville, AR (XNA) at 1 hour 20 minutes away, and Tulsa, OK (TUL) at 1 hour 40 minutes away.

For ABIDE re-entry debriefing, each day begins at 8:00am with group debriefing, activities and intermittent breaks until lunch. Afternoon breakout times and individual and communal engagement make up the afternoon until dinner at 5:30pm completes the day.

For ABIDE debriefing, meals are included and participants are responsible to secure housing. TRAIN has negotiated rates with local hotels, discounted AirBnB's within our network and free housing available on a first-come, first-serve basis for those who register.

We encourage those seeking ABIDE re-entry debriefing to give themselves at least one month in-country prior to coming to debrief. This provides enough life to begin to get a sense of how it feels to be "back" and how transitions in relationships may impact you. Beyond that, although we have had people come to debrief three, five and even twenty years after their return and receive immense benefit, we do encourage you not to delay.

Debriefing is the deliberate process of working through and deconstructing your past experience(s) with a guide or facilitator for the purpose of understanding your story in a holistic and life-giving way so that you can transition well into whatever is next. Debriefing is not a substitute for clinical care, spiritual direction, or coaching, but may serve as an entry point into these avenues for growth and/or healing.

ABIDE re-entry debriefing is designed to serve cross-cultural workers who have lived and served abroad for at least one year and are coming to the USA. Whether your return is for a home service or furlough, medical leave, retirement or a planned or unforeseen transition off the field, ABIDE provides time and space to process, gain perspective and experience spiritual renewal.

While TRAIN serves a great variety of agencies, churches and denominations, we are an independent and unaffiliated training organization.

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