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Other Recommended Member Care Resources

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Member Care Providers

The following organizations provide member care either to missionaries in the United States or to missionaries on their fields.

Barnabas International

Barnabas International is a world-wide ministry of encouragement to missionaries, MK’s, mission agencies, pastors to missionaries and national pastors.  It provides retreats, pastoral care to missionaries on the field, and sponsors Mu Kappa (a ministry to missionary kids).

Link Care Center

Link Care Center has been caring for people since 1965. It offers counseling, pastoral care, and training to people in all walks of life, with a special emphasis on people in missions and ministry.  Located in Fresno , California , it offers residential treatment there as well as on-field services abroad.

Marble Retreat

Marble Retreat is an interdenominational psychotherapy center serving ministers and missionaries in crisis. It offers a blend of spiritual and emotional approaches to touch the whole person.   Located in the Colorado Rockies, people there have brought healing through Christ-centered brief intensive psychotherapy since 1974.

Alongside

Alongside is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide professional spiritual, mental, and emotional care to missionaries and their families, to the end of promoting personal wholeness and ministry effectiveness. Its 2.5-week Renewal and Growth Sabbaticals are offered monthly in Michigan.

Godspeed Services

Godspeed Services is a faith-based organization offering help to intercultural workers who are hampered by emotional, situational or physical stresses. The goal of Godspeed Services is to address these stressors so that workers are enabled to fulfill their purpose and calling. Godspeed Services offers pastoral care at their home office in Columbia, South Carolina. Referrals for clinical counseling are also available for care in the United States and internationally.

Narramore Christian Foundation
 
Psychology for Living is a website contains many fine on-line articles dedicated to preventing and solving problems through counseling from a Christian perspective. The site has a section devoted to missionary psychological services including counseling and debriefing in crises, on-field retreats, and a reentry seminar for MKs who have just completed high school and are returning to the USA or Canada.
 
Missionary Resources Connection
Enhancing the health, ministry effectiveness, and longevity of service of missionaries and their families, Missionary Resources Connection promotes a wide-ranging continuity of care throughout the career-span of missionaries.

Member Care Resources

The following web sites provide additional resources similar to the ones on this web site, as well as links to other sites.
Thrive Thrive encourages and empowers Global Women and is their advocate. It provides care, resources, and community to engage and educate churches, agencies, and individuals to meet the critical needs of Global Women. Through on-line community, publications, and retreats it provides spiritual, physical, and emotional support to women serving overseas.
Cross Cultural Workers Resources This web site has many of the same resources as this web site, but it more generic in nature and terminology.  It may be more useful to some cross cultural workers in some settings.
Peter's Wife    Peter’s Wife contains help and encouragement for women living cross culturally. It is a place for women working outside their home culture to connect, encourage and help one another, and the Archives page is particularly helpful.
Member Care by Radio Trans World Radio broadcasts short daily radio programs on missionary care topics to people serving in difficult places. Cross-cultural workers can listen to these as they are broadcast. This website also has archived many past programs in their Member Care Library. These programs can be heard online or downloaded quickly to a computer to listen to at your convenience or burned onto a CD to hear as you drive long distances.
Mobile Member Care Team In addition to their providing member care for West Africa, the Mobile member care team has a good digest of member care materials on various topics in the communique section of their website.
Member Caravan This site offers materials to support those who are interested/involved in member care and international work in the health care fields. It is especially oriented towards graduate students and others receiving/offering training in member care-related areas.
Global Member Care Network Sponsored by the Mission Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance, the Global Member Care Network (GMCN) exists to resource, equip and connect internationally all Christian practitioners of member care at any level. It is a professional community in which mutual learning, training and sharing can take place. It is committed to developing the member care profession by setting high standards, advancing the kingdom of God, and glorifying His name.
Heartstream Resources Heartstream resources for cross-cultural workers serves missionaries and humanitarian workers through offering programs of restoration and renewal for those wounded or depleted in service, providing education and prevention programs for cross-cultural workers relative to effectiveness training, care, and well-being. It also assists agency leaders through education and consultation as well as conducting and applying research.

MK Resources

The following web sites provide additional resources particularly relevant to MKs (Missionary Kids) and other TCKs (Third Culture Kids), as well as links to other sites.

Interaction

Interaction works cooperatively in the development of programs, services and publications to provide and contribute to an on-going flow of care that meets the needs of third-culture kids (TCKs) and internationally mobile families.

Mu Kappa

Mu Kappa is a fraternal association for MKs.  To a missionary kid, the phrase "MK" suggests a sense of identity and belonging, giving him or her a kindred spirit with other MKs.  Mu Kappa capitalizes on that built-in belongingness and has organized in a formal way what MKs have always felt.

Free Retreats for Missionaries

The following organizations offer missionaries retreats at no charge. These are times of spiritual refreshment rather than just vacation times, but missionaries basically chose their own activities with the approval of the organization.
A Quiet Place
www.aqpretreat.org
    Located in central Kentucky, A Quiet Place provides a place for spiritual, physical, and relational renewal for missionaries and others in full time ministry. Guests arrive on Sunday evening for a complimentary (including meals) five-day sabbatical with a self-directed program that concludes on Friday morning. Adults only.
Quiet Place Ministries
www.quietplaceministries.org
  Located in Michigan, Quiet Place Ministries does not yet own property, but it does rent cottages or cabins in quiet, peaceful settings for missionaries to have a retreat at no cost for lodging. Quiet Place Ministries provides places where families can spend time together with the Lord. Children are welcome (meals are not included).
Missionary Care Ministry
www.missionarycareministry.org
  Located in north Georgia, Missionary Care Ministry offers missionaries free lodging for up to a month in a guesthouse on 11 acres of land. This is intended to provide restoration to those who need to be encouraged and equipped to better proclaim the gospel. Singles, couples, and large families are welcome (some meals are provided).
Creekside in the Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado   We are pleased to offer stays at our home in Estes Park, Colorado free of charge to ministry workers and missionaries.  Our desire is to provide a place where families can get some well deserved rest and an opportunity to reconnect with each other and with our Lord. 

You can view the home here:  www.kalosphere.com. To make reservations please email us at sfliepe@comcast.net.
CleftRock Retreat Center
www.cleftrock.org
  CleftRock Retreat Center is a sanctuary for those needing a time of physical rest and spiritual renewing. Located in southeastern Kentucky, cleftRock is nestled in the foothills of the Cumberland mountains. Just two hours from Louisville, Cincinnati, and Knoxville, we offer cabin retreats, hiking trails, and a resource center for missionaries and pastors. Missionaries and pastors stay free two nights. Food not included.
The Refuge Retreat, Estes Park, Colorado
www.cottageblissestes.com
The Refuge Retreat in Estes Park, CO is a two bedroom beautifully furnished Victorian cottage on the Big Thompson River, across from Rocky Mountain National Park.

God has called us to provide a quiet retreat, free of charge for full-time missionaries/pastors who desire to find time away to enjoy the presence of Lord. The Refuge is for those who desire to unplug, rest and be refreshed with a minimum of outside interruptions or distractions. Stays of 1-2 weeks.

www.cottageblissestes.com, click on the Mission Statement, click on the cross icon, username Jesussaves, password john316 (casesensitive).


 

 

 

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