Member Care

2) “Healthy, Resilient, And Effective”: the book [updated 5/26/2015]

member care bookDr. Laura Mae Gardner (SIL/Wycliffe) has written extensively on caring for missionaries and cross-cultural workers. Now, she has prepared a member care guidebook that just might set a benchmark for the state of the art.

It’s a kind of manual which defines the vision, the challenge, and a host of practical case studies and tools to help us get started. You can also obtain it in the UK and Europe here…

and in Asia here…

2) Curious about the Link Between Member Care and Unreached Peoples?

Have you ever noticed that member care types seem ever-present around organizations and events related to unreached people groups? I have. I was always curious how that worked — and then I discovered this article, by Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell. Check it out…

Question answered. At least in the lives of these two banner-wavers for member care, we now have a clear picture of how their lives and unreached peoples became meshed. We celebrate what God is doing in and through global servants like the O’Donnells — and we hope and pray many will follow their lead.

12) Get “Global Integration Updates” re: Global Member Care

careInterested in learning more about how missionary/member care efforts are making an impact around the world? Want to integrate your member care efforts with those being offered to the mega-orgs being sponsored at global levels by groups like the U.N. ? Now you can. Check out a copy at…

As always, these are made available to us by Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell. The latest Update is below and includes core information/links on the world community’s efforts (via the UN and civil society) to promote human well being and protect our planet. It can help colleagues committed to Christian mission to get a quick overview on the Post 2015 Sustainable Development agenda. To sign up, just visit…

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…

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

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…

(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…

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…

Then take a look at these other resources:

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

*E-books/materials from Missionary Care

*Media materials available at Member Care Media

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

Mission Training International

Society for Human Resource Management

People in Aid

Headington Institute (e.g., training modules;

Families in Global Transition

Intercultural Press

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

Partial listing of materials in other languages

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

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

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

(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


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…

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…

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…

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,

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

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