Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

Jan 18, 2019 | Blog, Casual Friday

Snow, ice, more snow, more ice…it’s been an interesting week in our neck of the woods. Great opportunity to scour the internet for resources like these that will enhance your missionary care efforts.



There are two primary paradigms within which we can live life: scarcity, and abundance. Most of us will oscillate between the two, with one predominating over the other. It’s difficult to do cross-cultural work from a scarcity mindset…but I’ll let Marilyn Gardner explain. Good stuff for anyone you know who is working overseas.


Paradox is a part of life. But sometimes the paradoxes of life on the mission field can be overwhelming.

In both the victory and the loss, God is with us.

Anisha Hopkinson voices what many missionaries could affirm. Probably some that you know. They would be encouraged if you passed this post along.



Refocusing internally, becoming familiar with their own emotions, and exploring legitimate forms of self-expression. Those are three ways that Dr. Rachel Cason suggests for MKs and TCKs to form a healthy sense of identity. Educate yourself with her insights.



Radiant Life Retreats are small group debriefing and wellness experiences “specifically designed for those who have lived cross-culturally for a year or more.” Hosted by the folks at Excelling Leaders, the next event is scheduled for February 26-March 7 at Twin Pines Manor, Lancaster County, PA. Who might you sponsor to attend this event?


Compass Ministries will be hosting the 6th Annual Southeast MK Retreat February 15-17 on Saint Simons Island, GA. Get more information and register here.


Abba’s Tree is a new adult debriefing program being offered three times this year. Early registration discounts are available before February 15 for the April 14-19 event. Hosted at the beautiful facilities of The Hideaway Inn in Black Forest, CO by veteran debriefers George and Connie Blake. Every missionary should receive a debriefing like this when they are back in the States. Who might you sponsor for that privilege?


The 6th Asia Member Care Network Conference will be held April 29-May 3 in Penang, Malaysia, and registration is now open. The theme this year is Member Care in an Age of Accelerated Change. A great opportunity in a beautiful location. Who could you take with you?


The ReBoot MK re-entry programs for 2019 are now open for registration. These are for Canadians and are hosted in Canada. Know anyone who might be interested?


Barnabas Zentrum has posted their schedule of debriefing opportunities for 2019, beginning in February. If you know anyone who is returning to the U.S. between now and then, you might want to direct them to this site. Early registration is advised. Maybe you could cover the cost for someone? While you’re visiting their site, check out the other services they offer to cross-cultural workers.


There’s still time to register for the annual Midwest Conference on Missionary Care. Held in Minneapolis, on February 15-16, this year’s theme will be “Living in the Tension Between Rest and Risk.” This is a great opportunity for networking with other church members who are involved in missionary care.


The folks at Thrive have opened registration for their July, 2019 women’s retreat in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Who could you host for the exceptional deal? Want to volunteer to help at the retreat? There’s opportunity for that, too (scroll down a bit on the page).




The Midwest Conference on Missionary Care is an excellent resource for anyone or any church to learn more about effectively caring for sent ones. They have archived past conferences and made them available here, so you can benefit from the many years of excellent and practical presentations.



There’s little disagreement about the fact that we are a distracted people. All of us, missionaries and missionary advocates alike, lean toward addictions that technology is only too happy to facilitate. Alan Jacobs has some penetrating insights as to what’s really going on in our souls when we find ourselves pursuing the endless streams of disruption (what on person has called “continuous partial attention”). A longer read, but very worthwhile. How might this affect your care for global workers?


As always, thank you for caring enough about the sent ones in your life to equip yourself with resources like these.


New on my bookshelf:

  • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, by Daniel Pink
  • The Lost World of Genesis One, by John Walton
  • True You: Letting go of your false self to uncover the person God created, by Michelle DeRusha
  • Take Care of Yourself: Survive and thrive in Christian ministry, by Pablo Martinez
  • The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization, by Peter Senge

What I’m reading this week:

  • Sojourner’s Workbook: A Guide to Thriving Cross-culturally, by Connie Befus
  • Winter, a Spiritual Biography, by Gary Schmidt, ed.

Recently finished reading:

  • Dragging Baggage: A Guide for Those Struggling on the Mission Field, by Alice Young
  • Making Space for Millennials: A Blueprint for your Culture, Ministry, Leadership and Facilities, by Barna
  • Inspired: Slaying giants, walking on water, and loving the Bible again, by Rachel Evans

Up next:

  • The Bible Tells Me So, by Peter Enns
  • Formed for the Glory of God, by Kyle Strobel
  • Receiving Them Well, by Lisa Ennis & Lori Bryan
  • Desiring the Kingdom, by James K.A. Smith