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Missionary Care Sites
Discussion, Ideas, and Suggestions
Links, Resources and Services
Articles and Bibliographies
Global Consultation on Evangelical Missiology Iguazzu Affirmation Commitment # 14 Member Care: "Service of the Lord in cross-cultural environments exposes missionaries to many stresses and criticisms. While acknowledging that missionaries also share the limitations of our common humanity and have made errors, we affirm that they deserve love, respect and gratitude. Too often, agencies, churches, and fellow Christians have not followed biblical guidelines in dealing with cross-cultural workers. We commit ourselves to support and nurture our missionary workers for their sakes and for the Gospel witness."
Mental Health and Missionary Care Asbury College Psychology Department Website on member care; this is perhaps the best Web site in providing free yet high quality information related to missionary member care. It includes:
Member Care Associates: "dedicated to providing a source for networking missionary care information and resources. Our success in this task, however, depends on your participation. Your contribution of member care related materials, resources and information about related activities will make this site a success." The site is maintained by The Task Force for Member Care (MemCa) under the auspices of the Mission Commission of the World Evangelical Fellowship (WEF). There are multiple sub-pages:
ESA Member Care: Valuable support resources for IMB missionaries in the ESA region, including a FAQ on member care and links to other sites.
Discussion, Ideas, and Suggestions
Mission Mobilizers Database: Brigada's list of books, organizations, and other resources to aid in caring for missionaries. They have several sub-topics under missionary care:
Ideas for Encouraging/Supporting Missionaries
Books on Reentry
Ideas for helping re-entering missionaries
Are we loyal to the target people or to the missionary sent?
Moms and Ministry
Links and Resources for Sale
ACMC: ACMC (Advancing Churches in Missions Commitment) helps churches become more effective in missions. ACMC is the network through which the latest information is shared for local churches in missions - leadership, organization, education, communication, practical congregational involvement and the development and care of missionaries. The topics page has some valuable articles and they also offer resources for sale
Barnabas International is an organization whose vision it to provide "a world-wide ministry of encouragement to missionaries, MKs, & national pastors" Be sure to check out their resources page (the Mission Links button provides links and e-mail addresses to more than a dozen ministries).
Emmaus Road International: ERI, a ministry providing resources for third millennium missions, has several resources of help, including a paper entitled "Eight Possible Next Steps" (Adobe Acrobat Reader required).
Godspeed: A Christ-centered faith ministry offering help to Christian missionaries and pastors who are hampered by emotional stress, situational conflict, or physical illness, to enable them to fulfill their mission and calling. At Godspeed we seek to help missionaries and pastors care for God's flock with all of the diligence of a shepherd ... good pasture and quiet waters, rest and refreshment, counsel and healing; to restore His servants and equip them to return to and remain on the field, so that they might faithfully and effectively lead others to Christ, the Good Shepherd. Pages of interest from this site include Missionary Medical Moments and Other Sites of Interest.
International Teams "work hard at perfecting our program, providing our missionaries with the tools and resources they need for success and removing or minimizing the barriers that might hinder them." Among their eight objectives is one to foster personal care of team members which includes "The provision of personalized care and service for each missionary at every stage, from time of inquiry through training, departure, time on the field, furlough and retirement." They provide "Member Care" as a topic in their database of available resources for sale.
LinkCare Center: Link Care exists to serve God by helping people grow in personal integrity, spiritual wholeness and emotional health. The Multimedia Center is constantly under construction. Link Care staff and consultants regularly develop materials and resources which are made available to interested users. There will be many resources for which there will be no charge. These will include short articles, "executive summaries" of longer texts and workbooks, and initial chapters of language manuals. There will be many resources which can be downloaded to a user for a nominal charge. These will be longer articles and workbooks.
Member Care Resources: Part of Grace's Resource Place, the third section of this page is on missionary care and provides a valuable list of Web-based resources.
Mission to the World's Web links to resources on missionary care
Mission Training International: Working together with churches and mission agencies to prepare and nurture Christians for effective intercultural life and ministry since 1954.
MK Connection: a central place for finding things of interest to MKs and TCKs.
OSCAR (UK information service for World Mission): This is a large site with many links. The sections of use in Member Care are Pastoral Support on-the-Field and Post-Field Counseling, which contains information on organizations or individuals who can provide post-field counseling for missionaries and overseas Christian workers.
Articles and Bibliographies
Evangelical Missions Quarterly has two articles on-line which deal with member care issues:
Selection, Training, Member Care and Professional Ethics: Choosing the Right People and Caring for Them with Integrity Paper presented at the IFMA/EFMA Personnel Conference Orlando, Florida December 4-6, 1997.
Center for World Missions (an annotated collection of missions books, magazines, videos, agencies and other publications. This list is not exhaustive, but includes resources that CWM consider among the best) has as part of their site a bibliography on member care.
Missions Resource Network has a good introductory article on missionary care and a brief bibliography of suggested readings.
The Psychology of Missionary Adjustment (an online Senior Integration Paper by Melissa J. Dyches at Covenant College).