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1) FREE Counseling and Psychiatric Assessments in August

GRC understands August is fraught with transitions personally and professionally. With transition comes stress. GRC wants to help. To get your Fall off to a fresh start, GRC is offering FREE initial assessments for counseling and psychiatric care. Complete a Service Request Intake Form during August. The assessment can take place in September. Let GRC help with your transition. They have time slots available. You don’t have to wait. Register today at…

 

www.godspeedresources.org

 

1) GRC Announces Fall Group Sessions at Reduced Rates

Led by licensed counselors, these intimate groups meet on a variety of topics. The 10 week, 1.5-hour sessions are held over secure video for a fraction of individual counseling costs. They are designed as group process, not therapy groups. There will be an educational component and include an opportunity for group discussion and reflection. Topics include: Boundaries – Men, Boundaries – Women, and Help Me Help Others. Registration closes 8/31/2019. Learn more at…

 

www.godspeedresources.org/fall-groups

 

7) Could This be True? "Spiritual Encouragement and Counseling, Free?"

And get this — it’s not via Zoom. This is reportedly “providing on-site emergency, active, and pro-active.” Has anyone used this service and, if so, could you anonymously or otherwise share how it went? Remember — you don’t have to leave your name in a comment and the email address will only be seen by the Brigada editing team (two of us) and we won’t tell. Promise. Just seems … unreal. That they’ll like… parachute in to help you, if you have a problem serious enough to call them? That’s so WILD! Testimony anyone?

 

www.witsinternational.com/

 

Note that they can also help with staff retreats. (Thanks for the tip, Jenny!)

 

1) Free Initial Assessment during May (Mental Health Awareness Month)

May 2019 is the 70th anniversary of Mental Health Awareness Month. So GRC is supporting efforts to bring awareness to the need by offering free initial assessments to global workers who complete an intake form during the month of May. Appointments are available now. All you have to do is complete an intake form at:

 

www.godspeedresources.org/get-started/

 

2) Free Initial Assessment during Mental Health Awareness Month

May 2019 is the 70th anniversary of Mental Health Awareness Month. GRC is pleased to recognize and support efforts to bring awareness to this need. To support this effort , GRC is offering FREE initial assessments to global workers who complete an intake form during the month of May.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity. Appointments are available now. Complete an intake at

 

www.godspeedresources.org/get-started/

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!

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