Casual February Friday
We were traveling last week and decided to practice what we preach. Rather than try to cram in another activity (last week’s post) I chose to skip it. (Did you miss us?) While living in a somewhat artificial world for 10 days (visiting supporters) it was easy to lose sight of a lot of things—except the ongoing needs that global workers have for our strategic engagement. So here is your latest batch of resources to equip you in providing the kind of care that they need and you desire to give.
(How the Great Shepherd cares for his own)
Staying may actually be harder than going. That’s what Stephanie Prater-Clarke has learned after 18 years on the mission field. How has God sustained her? Read her post over at Velvet Ashes to find out.
(Good spiritual hygiene for global workers)
Celebration as part of good spiritual hygiene? Well, yes. Amy Young, over at Global Trellis, offers seven solid reasons why every missionary should be building their “celebration muscles” as part of their self-care regimen.
Loneliness is practically an epidemic today, and missionaries are not immune.
Why does this feeling keep driving me to a screen?
Dorette doesn’t answer this question as much as she raises others. You probably know a missionary who is asking the same questions. Read this. Share it with them. Ask how you can help.
(Resources to help sending churches care for their sent ones)
What does it mean to be a sanctuary for someone? How might you, or your church, be a sanctuary for a cross-cultural worker? This post by Elrena Evans will get you started thinking about how your presence might make a difference in a missionary’s life.
On a parallel note, Rachel Hicks writes honestly about the challenges of “being there” for one another. “How do we not grow weary in doing good?” she asks.
Life is hard. Somehow we must stop being surprised at its hardness.
This, she suggests, is what it looks like to be the body of Christ.
By the way, Rachel Hicks (above) is the new editor of Among Worlds digital magazine. If you interact with TCKs and want to know how to bless them, you’ll want to subscribe to this. “Among Worlds is the magazine that goes directly to the heart issues many adult Third Culture Kids (ATCKs) face: relationships, grief, transitions, home, values and many more.”
What is food nostalgia, and what does it have to do with TCKs? Marilyn Gardner knows, and she’ll clue you in if you’ll read this recent post of hers. How might understanding this affect the way you engage with TCKs?
If you care for missionaries who work within honor-shame cultures, you may be interested in the Honor-Shame Conference: Reconciling the Nations. To be hosted at Wheaton College June 8-10. You can find more information on their web site.
If you live anywhere near North Richland Hills, TX and you want to learn more about how to care for your missionaries, you should check this out. Experienced missionary care providers will be presenting Missionary Care Summit, March 27-28, and it’s only $20. Sponsored by Mission Resource Network and Great Cities Missions.
(Professional level help)
Debriefing is one of the best things a missionary can do for themselves while going through a transition. The folks at Barnabas, International will be hosting two opportunities in 2020: Interlude will be held in June, and July. Check here for more information. You may want to begin planning now to send your favorite missionary to one of these—your gift to them.
The next opportunity to attend a Recalibrate! debriefing event will be March 29 – April 4. That means it’s already time to register. You’ll find all the details here.
Intensive care for restoration of global workers, debriefing, counseling, member care training—all of these are available from Heartstream Resources. When you need to refer a missionary to professional care, you need to know about Heartstream.
Who do you know that could use some R&R? Paracletos offers top-notch hosting at Baan Sabai Lodge. Check the lodge website for available dates.
“Are you looking for a time to quiet yourself before the Lord and receive His rest? This is for you.” Safe Place is extending this invitation to attend Ancient Paths Retreat. If you know a missionary close to the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania, you might want to give them the gift of retreat in February.
It’s not too early to start thinking about re-entry programs for MKs—like Reboot. They have limited space for their program next summer, so early registration is encouraged. Who could you sponsor?
Debriefing is one of the best things a missionary can do for themselves while going through a transition. The folks at Barnabas, International will be hosting two more opportunities in 2020: Interlude will be held in June, and July. Check here for more information. You may want to begin planning now to send your favorite missionary to one of these—your gift to them.
The folks at Thrive Ministry will be hosting 4 retreats this year: Colorado (USA), Croatia, Brazil, and South Africa. Did you know that you can volunteer to help staff those retreats? And did you know that you can sponsor someone to attend? Learn more here.
I am registered for this phenomenal opportunity, and I’m taking a pastor with me. Frontiers will be conducting a five-day conference next April called CareCon, “designed for pastors, church staff, family members, ministry partners, and anyone who wants to support global workers.” Will I see you there? I’d love to connect!
Want to be trained in debriefing? Paracletos is offering 4 opportunities this year (March, June, August, and November). Openings for 6 individuals for each of these 5-day trainings. Comment below to ask for details.
(Useful titles to have on your m’care bookshelf)
Having worked for 30 years as a medical missionary in India and Nepal, Dr. Marjory Foyle is well-qualified to write about the effects of stress on global workers. I have used insights from this book for the past 16 years since I first read it, and I recommend it often. I think you’ll find it to be an invaluable addition to your missionary care library. Honourably Wounded: Stress among Christian Workers, by Marjory F. Foyle