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3) GRC Announces Group Sessions at Reduced Rates

Led by licensed counselors, these intimate groups meet on a variety of topics for 6 – 7 weeks over video. They are designed as group process, not therapy groups. There will be an educational component and include opportunity for group discussion and reflection. Topics include: Boundaries – Men, Boundaries – Women, The Cry of the Soul, Preventing Burnout, Help Me Help Others.

 

Registration ends 3/31/2019. Learn More at

 

www.godspeedresources.org/spring-groups

2) Missionary Marriage Issues: Free Download

Marriage is complicated enough! Then when you add a cross-cultural living situation and a cross-cultural ministry, things begin to get really confusing.   The nineteen chapters in “Missionary Marriage Issues” will help you navigate your way through the confusion.  The book is available to download free of charge as .doc, .pdf, or .zip files for your computer and as .mobi or .epub files for your Kindle or Nook. You can’t beat the price. Find it at…

www.missionarycare.com/missionary-marriage-issues.html

 

1) Video Counseling Available

GRC is accepting new video counseling clients! With the addition of new staff members, GRC has the availability to take on new online clients through their secure video counseling service anywhere there is an internet connection. Their desire is to make care available to Global Workers around the world who have no access to mental health resources. Learn more and “Get Started” at

 

www.godspeedresources.org

 

2) New Year Brings New Beginnings to GRC

The demand for GRC services consistently exceeded capacity throughout 2018. Beginning January 2019, GRC has expanded their team to meet the growing demand for professional mental health services within the global worker community. Additionally, GRC has transitioned to fee-for-service which provides clients the possibility of submitting to insurance for reimbursement. The objective is to make care affordable for more clients. To learn more and Get Started, visit…

http://www.godspeedresources.org

8) Have you Ever Experienced “Compassion Fatigue?”

We’ve recently enjoyed the services of a great volunteer named David, who is helping some of our workers in stress. He was telling me the other day about a concept he’s been considering. He called it “Compassion Fatigue.” He described it as “a kind of exhaustion and numbness at times to the needs of the people being served.” He went on to explain that mental health professionals have observed that this syndrome can develop “when we give more of our hearts than we are able to replenish.” This results in grumpiness, being short-tempered, withdrawing socially, overeating and looking for excuses to avoid the necessary tasks of job and volunteer activities.” In fact, David added that it can affect one’s spiritual walk as well. What’s the solution? Often, a brief spiritual “strategic withdrawal.” He said, “In my brain, I see the projects that are undone and especially those on which I am kicking against a deadline. In my spirit, I know that my ability to complete those projects will be enhanced by taking some time to be replenished. In the physical, I want to be alone to work. In the spiritual, God is telling me to surround myself with Christian friends who will encourage and provide wisdom.” Have you experienced this phenomenon? If so, how do YOU avert it? If you can give any insight or testimony, please click “comment” following the web version of this item. And thanks to David for ‘bubbling this concept’ up to our attention.

10) More on Counseling Centers for Cross-cultural Workers

In the March 15th edition of Brigada, we mentioned that we were “Curious about Counselling Centers for Missionaries” (item #7 in that edition). Several users have responded (thank you!) with a growing list of centers for care:

Alongside
http://www.alongsidecares.net/

Barnabas International
http://www.barnabas.org/

Barnabas Zentrum: Ministering to Those Who Minister
http://www.barnabaszentrum.com/

He Restoreth Ministries, Inc.
http://www.herestoreth.com/index.html

Heartstream Resources for Cross-cultural Workers
http://heartstreamresources.org/

Le Rucher Ministries
https://www.lerucher.org/index.html

Minnesota Renewal Center
http://www.minnesotarenewal.org/MissionaryCare.html

Missionary Care from Caring for Others
http://www.missionary-care.org/index.html

Paracletos: Coming Alongside Missionaries
http://paracletos.org/

Servant Care: Caring for those who serve, and equipping Saints for ministry!
http://www.servantcare.com/index.php

Honestly, I was surprised at the number of centers. If there are others, feel free to add them as a comment to this item in the web version and we’ll publish an expanded list in a future edition. Thank you!

7) Curious about Counselling Centers for Missionaries

RetreatMost missions strategists agree that member care is a significant part of missions and ministry health. This past week, we heard from a guy with a growing vision for starting a small business to provide a place for restoration, spiritual retreat and marriage and personal counselling opportunities for those working in Northern Africa and along the Mediterranean. He’s wondering if anyone would be willing to send him any current organizations or businesses operating retreat and/or counselling centres for missionaries (anywhere in the world) that he could use to investigate in his research.

6) Help with Loss When You’re Far from Home

Missionaries experience lots of it – loss of friends, support network, all that is familiar to them, even a loss of sense of self. If left unrecognized and unprocessed, it can affect us in body, heart and spirit, sometimes leading to anxiety or depression. It is a large reason so many missionaries are surviving rather than thriving. Care Port Counseling can help to process such losses, to help restore vision and hope. It’s a low cost, online counseling resource available to help missionaries, wherever they may be. Check it out at

http://www.careportcounseling.org

8) Can A Pregnancy Crisis Center be a Means of Outreach?

Our new friends in Serbia think so. Our good friend, Wade, from College Heights Christian Church in Joplin, MO, introduced us to the coordinators. And last week, I had the chance to visit the center and hear the story. In fact, I’m kind of surprised we haven’t heard more stories about other, similar pregnancy crisis centers around the world. Do you know of one? Maybe we can help link them together? Got a website or a publicly-circulated email address (something like “infoatcenterdotorg”)? If so, please post it under “Comments” below the web version of this item. We’ll try to get them all in touch!

5) Counseling Major Requests Your Input on Repatriation Adjustment —

Here’s an educational psych and counseling student at the Univ. of Oklahoma (in the USA) who would love to get your input on a survey. You only need to be over 18, have served overseas at least once and have returned to the United States at least once. Mission trip experiences are AOK too. The study reportedly can be completed entirely online in approximately 15-20 minutes. All information provided will be kept completely confidential. To take part, go to:

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MB7SLJJ

8) First Session of Online Counseling is Free —

Struggling with an issue? Need some unbiased input? Give it a try for free before deciding to continue. Care Port Counseling provides online video counseling to people working abroad. After the first session, fees are still minimal (and negotiable). All you need is fairly high speed internet (for video streaming), Skype and a webcam. Services are provided by a licensed counselor with 10 years’ experience counseling missionaries. For questions or more info check out

 

http://careportcounseling.org/

3) Online Video Counseling Available to Missionaries —

Care Port Counseling is an online video counseling ministry to those who work abroad, whether in missions or humanitarian aid. Donations subsidize the counseling, so that fees are minimal for clients. The counseling is done via Skype video, so relatively high speed internet is required for video streaming. Services are provided by a licensed counselor with 25+ years’ experience in Wycliffe Bible Translators as both a translator and counselor.  She is now counseling with Care Port to focus the ministry online and to broaden the availability to others working abroad. For questions or contact info check out –

 

http://careportcounseling.org/

8) We Get Mail

We’re humbled at the chance to serve guys like Les, who recently wrote to say, “You may not remember me but way back in 2000/2001 you helped to launch our site. Since then we have handled over 33,000,000 hits … with more on the way. Many hundreds of training schools and churches have opened all over the developing world, many in the 10/40 window and we are in fellowship with lots of them, and link them together. We followed the Lord into this new way of sharing Christ and training leaders, it was new back in 200 anyway, you and Brigada started it off, but we never imagined where it would all lead to. A thousand thank you’s, God bless you all and our warmest and very best wishes from all of us here.” Thanks, too, to the missions coordinator from Minnesota who recently gave a $15 gift to Brigada in the name of Barnabas Int’l

http://www.barnabas.org/

Thanks!!!
We also appreciated the gift of $50 from the Brigada participant in Kewanee, IL, and thanks for another $50 gift from The Glory Story in Southampton, Hampshire, UK.

14) The Back Page: Taking Initiative To Resolve Conflict

This past week, I was approached by a member of a partner organization. She had been hurt by something I emailed last week. Rather than sit on it, she chose to simply approach me and ask, “Is this what you meant?” The funny thing was – I explained what I had originally meant (which had her best interest at heart) and she *instantly* looked relieved. “My shoulders already feel lighter,” she reported. The thought occurred to me, “What if she had held this in?” It would have festered and, most likely, become a root of bitterness in her life.

Have you recently experienced hurt as a result of something someone said or did to you? Do you feel a distance between you and another person on your team? Not quite as close to that co-worker as you used to be? Here’s this week’s BackPage advice: Go to them. Talk to them about how you feel. Talk to them in terms of how you felt (rather than making a judgment about what they meant). Ask them what they meant. Maybe, just maybe, you misunderstood. If so, you’ll resolve a conflict and perhaps save some bitterness. If they meant it, at least you’ll help them see how much you were hurt by it. Maybe they’ll think twice before they hurt someone else.
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