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Global Member Care Network
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March 2010
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Welcome to the Global Member Care Network Newsletter.

 

Editorial

Over the last month I have been in touch with Brad Sayers from Canada. You find his post under 'Resources - Topics' Reentering missionaries and their specific career transition needs.
Just thinking about gaps in the Member Care world, this seems to be a big gap. I don't know any books nor articles about this topic.
We are not talking about Re-entry seminars, TCKs and Identity. But rather 'What do you do when your missionary career ends?' 'How to transition into the home labor market?'. For many missionarys that is very difficult. I personally do lot's of consults with returning missionarys about their future vocation. This is not just an emotional challange, but also a very practical challange. Living for 20 years in Africa or Asia might sound good, but you might not be a good fit for the local labour market. Any resources, please email me at harry@globalmembercare.com

 

GMCN leadership team
The leadership team of the Global Member Care Network will be meeting next week in Spain. We will also be part of the European Member Care Consultation. We will keep you posted on new developments and feedback about Member Care in Europe.


This months topics:
- 1. Editorial
- 2. Chile Earthquake
- 3. Looking for Team Leading Pastoral Couple in Hong Kong



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Reports/News/Requests

Chile earthquake
- We are looking to source spanish practitioners and trainers positioned near to Chile for partner support following recent earthquake. Can you link us to any links in that areas? sue.mills@tearfund.org

Team Leading Pastoral Couple,Bethany,Hong Kong
- Looking for Team Leading Pastoral Couple for Bethany Ministries in Hong Kong Our focus of ministry is to provide support and care to the 2000 or so cross-cultural Christian workers coming to the retreat centre during the year. click here for more info



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2. ASIA

Southeastern Asia
Ministry Essentials, Brussels, Budapest and Chiang Mai.
- So often we get so caught up in our work for God that we begin to lose sight of our life in God. Ministry Essentials exists to spiritually nourish Christian leaders proactively by joining their journey of faith, challenging their assumptions about God and inspiring a fuller experience and love for Him. http://meintl.org/home/



3. EUROPE


Western Europe
French resources for helping families
- French resources for helping families.http://www.famillejetaime.com

Ireland resources for aid workers
- For aid workers who have returned to Ireland, includes information about free 'coming home weekends', careers tuition, referral to counsellors, and other support. www.comhlamh.org



5. NORTH AMERCIA

Reentering missionaries and their specific career transition needs, Canada ,
- Are you transitioning from cross-cultural or mission work? I am a former missionary myself who returned 11 years ago. At that time there wasn't a specific program to help missionaries who'd been away for years to transition into their home labor market again. There still isn't and my work addresses that gap. www.setanewdirection.com/returning_missionaries.html


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1. LANGUAGES

French
- French resources for helping families. French resources for helping families.http://www.famillejetaime.com

Arabic
- debriefing and other topics, available in Arabic Book chapters on debriefing and other topics, available in Arabic. (Primarily for those involved with Christian work overseas). http://arabicmembercare.googlepages.com


2. TOPICS

Reentering missionaries and their specific career transition needs
- Are you transitioning from cross-cultural or mission work? I am a former missionary myself who returned 11 years ago. At that time there wasn't a specific program to help missionaries who'd been away for years to transition into their home labor market again. There still isn't and my work addresses that gap. www.setanewdirection.com/returning_missionaries.html

do no harm - useful points when responding to disasters
- do no harm - Amercian Psychologist pdf article See attached an article from the American Psychologist - Do No harm some more very useful points to consider when responding to such disasters If anyone is interested, I've attached an article from the American Psychologist which I think makes some very useful points to consider when responding to such disasters. I think these points further reinforce reasons for responding with radio programmes rather than sending in more people, except where there already exist good contacts/ links, a shared culture & language, requests are being made, etc. download pdf here

retreat for Single Global Workers
- www.singlevisioninternational.com

Cabin in North Georgia, USA
- need a place to get away more info here

About mental health issues and Christianity
(About mental health issues and Christianity. Includes articles on stress and depression; podcasts; and blogs). www.mindandsoul.info

information about mental health
- Lots of information about mental health and illness, including diagnosis and medication. http://www.mentalhealth.com



4. NEWSLETTERS

MC Newsletter Chiangmai Thailand
- Attached is the February Member Care Network Newsletter to inform you about the next meeting on March 2 and other upcoming events. The Well Member Care Center Email: admin@thewellcm.com www.thewellcm.com download here

AFRICA MEMBER CARE NETWORK (AMCN) March 2010
- download here

Member Care Events FROM AUSTRALIA
- download here

Brigada
- A website full of useful resources for those involved with Christian work overseas. www.brigada.org

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1. AFRICA

AFRICA MEMBER CARE NETWORK (AMCN) March 2010
- download here


2. ASIA

NCF Counseling & Member Care Seminar Thailand Chiangmai
- NCF Counseling & Member Care Seminar, October 10 - 22, 2010, Chiang Mai, Thailand click here for more info


3. AUSTRALIA OCEANIA

MIST = Missions Interlink Short term Australia
- Mar 19-21: Woodville Gardens Uniting Church, South Australia; Apr 23-26: Victoria – Wycliffe HQs, Kangaroo Ground.; Apr 29-May 2: NSW; Sept 9-12: NSW; Oct 14-17: Victoria – Wycliffe HQs, Kangaroo Ground. click here for further info

MILL = Maximum Impact Language Learning
- Apr 6-9: Sydney Missionary Bible College (SMBC), 43 Badminton Road, Croydon, NSW; June 15-23: Wycliffe/SIL HQ’s, Kangaroo Ground, Victoria click for more

Biennial Missions Conference Australia
- May 4-6:Biennial Missions Conference. Title: ‘The Wisdom of Multicultural Ministry Teams’ Sydney Missionary Bible College (SMBC) 43 Badminton Road, Croydon, NSW click here for more

Debrief Training Day Australia
- May 8: Debrief Training Day for Mission Agency personnel Topic: “Engaging effectively with Cross Cultural Families.” click here for more

ReEntry Retreat. Australia
- May 7-9:Oct 14-17: ReEntry Retreat. click here for more

Missionary Enrichment Retreat (MER) Australia
- June 27-July 3: Missionary Enrichment Retreat (MER). This is designed for missionaries on home assignment, giving them opportunity to reflect on the experience, to evaluate how they have coped and to be equipped for the future. click here for more

Foundations in Missionary Member Care. Australia
- July 12-23: ‘Foundations in Missionary Member Care.’ Designed for Member Care providers in both Mission Agencies/organisations and in supporting churches to: a. be encouraged and affirmed on a personal level and b. become better equipped to care for others. click here for more


4. EUROPE

Trauma Healing Training week in the UK
- Mon 24th - Fri May 28th 2010 Bawtry Hall, Yorkshire www.pioneers-europe.org/bawtryhall
A workshop for Christian leaders and pastoral care workers who minister to refugees, the suffering church and those affected by war, AIDS, poverty, rape, criminal violence or other kinds of trauma. The workshop is based on Healing the Wounds of Trauma: How the Church can Help. This manual has been translated into over 100 languages. To apply, see this web site www.ecsr.org.uk
click here for more info


retreat for Single Global Workers in Austria in June
- I would like to bring to your attention the retreat for Single Global Workers in Austria in June. www.singlevisioninternational.com


7. NORTH AMERICA

LOW COST RENEWAL RETREATS, USA
- LOW COST RENEWAL RETREATS FOR GLOBAL WORKERS Barnabas International and ELIM Retreat Ministries will sponsor 8 Retreats in the States in 2010. Each Retreat is 6 days in length, for adult couples and singles. The emphasis is on debriefing and reentry; spiritual formation and preventative pastoral care. The retreats are offered in exceptionally beautiful environments, for 10-15 registrants. Leadership offered by staff of Barnabas International and member care leadership from a variety of agencies and local churches. Lots of time to play, sleep, rest and worship. See www.elimretreats.org


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