Member Care

1) O’Donnells Release Volume Two of Global Member Care

MemberCare_Cover_PRESS jpgKelly O’Donnell and Michèle Lewis O’Donnell have been at it again. You’re probably familiar with their breakthrough work in member care. After all, their work on “Doing Member Care Well” fairly much defined an industry. Now they’ve released another landmark work, Volume Two of Global Member Care. See the description and promotional materials at…

https://sites.google.com/site/globalmca/home/-vol-2-applications

As they have done on previous occasions, they’re also giving away a lot of free resources at…

https://sites.google.com/site/globalmca/home/-vol-2-resource-links

Hats off to them for their unselfishness. We should all buy the book to say thanks for all the times they give their ideas and teachings away for free. :-) You can always buy the book on Amazon at…

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0878081224/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0878081224&linkCode=as2&tag=teamexpansiononl&linkId=Y7WQYC2WKFG7A7QZ

(Thanks for all your work, Kelly and Michèle. For more on this work, see the BackPage editorial below.)

1) Great Member Care Resources

MemberCareWow. Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell, with website at…

http://membercareassociates.org/

wrote this past week with a virtual cornucopia of member care recourses. I was completely bowled over by how far the “industry” had come in the last 20 years. Take a look:

First, grab the PDF copy of their list of 100+ member care books and resources at…

http://membercareassociates.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/100+-books-for-a-MC-Library-ODonnell-March-2014.pdf

Then take a look at these other resources:

*Member care database indexed at Mental Health Resources for Cross-Cultural Workers

http://www.crossculturalworkers.com

*E-books/materials from Missionary Care

http://www.missionarycare.com/ebook.htm

*Media materials available at Member Care Media

http://membercareradio.com

*Member care-related books for sale: William Carey Library Publishers

https://missionbooks.org/products/categories/category/member-care

Mission Training International

http://www.mti.org/purchase

Society for Human Resource Management

http://www.shrm.org/Publications/Books/Pages/SHRM-PublishedBooks(AlphaList).aspx

People in Aid

http://www.peopleinaid.org/resources

Headington Institute (e.g., training modules;

http://www.headington-institute.org/overview

Families in Global Transition

http://figt.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1114038

Intercultural Press

http://nicholasbrealey.com/boston/subjects/interculturalpress.html

Bibliography of articles from the 1960s-1987 in Helping Missionaries Grow (1988, Appendix)

https://sites.google.com/site/membercaravan/test/helping-ms-grow-book

Partial listing of materials in other languages

http://membercareassociates.org/?page_id=43

Member Care: 50 Years-50 Quotes (1964-2013)

https://sites.google.com/site/membercaravan/mem

Materials at Global MCA from different sectors and relevant for member care and mission/aid (see “Vol 2 Resources” and “Vol 2 Updates”)

https://sites.google.com/site/globalmca/

Materials on Brigada (search “member care” and “books”,

http://www.brigada.org/

(They get extra thanks for pointing their friends and readers to this last resource!!! :-) )

3) Visit a Missionary-Focused Retreat Center Next Trip to USA

CabinEdenRidge, a missionary retreat center, welcomed over 300 missionaries in 2013. This missionary-focused facility is gearing up for a great year and invites missionaries from around the world who may be on furlough this year to visit. EdenRidge is located on the Cumberland Plateau about an hour West of Knoxville. For more information or to make a reservation please visit

http://edenridge.org

 

If you have any questions about EdenRidge please email them at restatedenridgedotorg.

5) Music and Bible Resources Free for Field Workers

MfM is an organization that seeks to bless and encourage Field Workers, especially those in isolated or difficult locations. MfM sends its resources without charge to any field worker who applies. They offer a range of praise-worship style CDs sent by snail-mail or secure download from their password-protected website…

http://www.mfm4u.com

The secure website also offers a range of ebooks (some also as eReader files) for Bible study or as teaching or preaching resources. All MfM offers are available without charge to any Field Worker who applies. Contact PaulGatmfm4udotcom for further information.

10) Global Member Care Book has Gone eBook

member care kindle editionThat’s right… Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell’s book, Global Member Care: Crossing Sectors for Serving Humanity, has made the jump to a Kindle edition. See it at…

http://www.amazon.com/Global-Member-Care-Crossing-Humanity-ebook/dp/B00HX6WZLQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1390327948&sr=1-1&keywords=william+carey+library

This is the second volume in the Global Member Care series. It “encourages readers to connect and contribute to various international sectors on behalf of mission/aid workers and humanity. The book’s 35 chapters include a wealth of practical resources: guidelines, codes, resolutions, perspectives, principles, case examples, videos links, human rights instruments, and more.” Highly recommended.

9) New Global Member Care Book Hits the Shelves

MemberCare_Cover_web_174_256If you’re like I am, any time you see a new book on the shelves by Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell, you stop and take note… and maybe buy it on the spot. Well guess what: It’s here, just in time for Christmas. “Global Member Care: Crossing Sectors for Serving Humanity,” encourages readers to connect and contribute to various international sectors on behalf of mission/aid workers and humanity. The book’s 35 chapters include a wealth of practical resources: guidelines, codes, resolutions, perspectives, principles, case examples, videos links, human rights instruments, and more. At the very least, if you’re a practitioner of member care, you’ll probably want to see this book soon. Find it here…

https://missionbooks.org/products/detail/global-member-care-vol.-2

7) If You’re Involved in a Long-Distance Dating Relationship…

51J9UQ6y3+L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-57,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell recently recommended the book, “201 Discussion Questions for Couples in Long Distance Relationships.” My hunch is — there are probably a lot more of these in the world of cross-cultural missions than the norm. Priced at $2.99 (Kindle version) at Amazon,

http://www.amazon.com/Discussion-Questions-Distance-Relationships-ebook/dp/B00A90ZBKK

This is one you’ll probably want to try. Lots of great conversation-starters, sure to help you get to know (and prepare to love) your new mate. (Thanks Kelly and Michèle!)

 

 

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

1) Thriving in Cross-Cultural Ministry (the Book)

thriving in cross cultural ministry It’s a 2011 book by Carissa Alma, who personally ministered cross-culturally and lived to tell about it. :-) See her book at …
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0982751923/ref=as_li_ss_
tlie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=098
2751923&linkCode=as2&tag=teamexpansiononl

Jenny, who really “gets” Team Expansion’s strategy of “every-member-gives-member-care-to-every-other-member” recommended this book to us recently and it’s likely worth the read. Maybe it’s worth the read for all your new recruits? (Thanks Jenny.)

 

 

2) Here are 23 Things to Know Before Going to the Mission Field

oamembersI loved this summary article by our good friends at Oscar, “the UK information service for world mission.”

http://www.oscar.org.uk/oscaractive/articles/various.htm

It’s basically a quick summary of lots of opinion pieces from the Oscar Online Community. The items fall under the main headings of Preparation, Settling in and being effective in your new country, Spiritual Development, Relationships, and Coming Home. Good stuff. (Thanks for this referral as well, Jenny!)

11) “Resources for Good Practice” Gives Member Care Tips

I’m liking Kelly and Michele O’Donnell’s member care newsletter. To read the Sept. edition in detail, simply view it at

http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=f34fc856e7776d7b69dafd3b3&id=470d7d63e6&e=451c224671

[Careful. That line’s text will ‘wrap’.]

Just view it there, read it, then, if you like what you’re seeing, sign up for this helpful guide here…

http://eepurl.com/kcuon

9) Use This Tool with a Family that Has Experienced Loss

Say someone in your org or church has undergone loss and is now experiencing the associated grief. You might be able to help them process that quest by using this tool…

http://www.griefwatch.com/tear-soup-home.html

It comes highly recommended to us by Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell (Thanks Kelly and Michèle!) According to the O’Donnells, “It creatively tells the story of a person who is dealing with a major loss via the metaphor of making soup and comes in three formats: book, DVD (17 minutes), and Power Point. The book is written simply with full-page illustrations to complement the many principles and ‘ingredients’ described (also in Spanish). We have found that people from many backgrounds and both young and old are able to ‘savor’ this story and easily apply it to their own soup making process.”

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