Post Mission Syndrome. Post Outreach Syndrome? Semantics. Most career missionaries wouldn’t call a 10-day trip to a foreign country missions. So, “outreach” is probably a better term. Either way, PMS and POS are pretty negative acronyms used to refer to the feelings one has after serving others outside of one’s own home turf.
They say that soldiers get Post Deployment Syndrome because all they have experienced on the battlefield. Coming back home to a comfortable environment seems like such a lie. Forgive me for equating VBS with war, but to some degree, it seems the only way to explain what a short-term “missionary” feels. You come back feeling like you really engaged in spiritual warfare. You feel like you’ve faced the enemy and the only way that you could have survived was because you depended entirely on the Holy Spirit.