Member Care

11) Don’t Worry; Be Hopeful

The new book by John K. Wine is now available worldwide in all e-reader formats as well as pdf and plain text formats. “Don’t Worry; Be Hopeful” is a daily devotional with a global message and is full of powerful spiritual truths that will forever change your quality of life. It is not just a one-time read but will be a constant companion and is a great tool for missionaries in helping to fulfill The Great Commission. It’s available for instant download (and a free preview sample) in whatever format you need for virtually any e-reader or desktop/laptop computer from Amazon (Kindle) and Smashwords. Direct links are available at

14) The BackPage: CHOPS Adjustment Inventory Focuses on Strategies

In our organization, we have ‘infused’ member care to every single worker, from the person who answers the phone at our home office all the way to the caring teammate in the deepest jungle of Africa. “Every eye, every ear, and every heart…” they’re all seeking to be tuned to hurting co-workers who could use a helping hand in the journey of life. Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell have given us a leg up on that challenge by making available for free their CHOPS Adjustment Inventory, recently revised (Dec. 28, 2012). What I like about the CHOPS Inventory is that it doesn’t focus merely on the struggles, nor does it try to soft-peddle the difficulties by focusing only on the successes. In fact, it looks at BOTH, along with strategies that might help the worker better manage stress in the future.

It would make sense to me to circulate the CHOPS Inventory widely. Since the O’Donnells have negated cost from the equation (by making it available at no charge), even smaller organizations and those which have infused member care among all workers (like ours) have no excuse. The CHOPS Inventory could be done organization-wide as a “spring cleaning” assessment. In additional to English, originals are available in Chinese, Korean, Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, German, Spanish, and Portuguese. Thanks, O’Donnels, as always, for your caring approach to cross-cultural work and ministry!

Find the CHOPS Adjustment Inventory here:

4) Online Video Counseling Available to Missionaries

Care Port Counseling is an online video counseling ministry to those who work outside their home country, whether in missions or humanitarian aid. Donations subsidize the counseling, so fees are minimal. Besides counseling, Care Port also offers consulting to administrators and member care people on mental health issues and difficult personnel situations. High speed internet is required for video streaming. Services are provided by a licensed counselor with 25+ years’ experience in overseas missions, as both a translator and counselor.  For questions or contact info check out –

7) Regroup in the Swiss Alps

“Breathe” is a 10-day retreat intentionally created for the renewal and encouragement of North American and Western European singles, couples and families who serve in cross-cultural settings. Breathe is led by Dr. Daniel and Lori Hahn of Catalyst Int’l, an organization dedicated to supporting Christian leaders in highly challenging global environments. Under the guidance of professionals experienced in member care and cross-cultural work, you’ll have time to talk about issues affecting you or your family. Counseling, medical consultation, and massage therapy are provided. In addition, there are fun programs for preschoolers, elementary children and teens. Learn more at…

8) Are you burnt out? Contemplating a change? —

Or are you spiritually disconnected? The Well Member Care Centre in Chiang Mai, Thailand has designed the Wellspring Retreat for singles and couples engaged in cross-cultural ministry. Wellspring is a safe, supportive, peaceful place to rest, renew, share your journey in a small group and individually with a counselor, and re-connect with God. Wellspring will take place Nov. 4 – 11 at Horizon Village and Resort, a luxurious accommodation situated in an expansive botanical garden several kilometers east of Chiang Mai. Space is limited to 20 so register soon. More information:

5) Resource to Encourage Missionaries: Free Download —

The Bible study guide called “Finding Strength for the Journey,” a tool for member care or personal encouragement, can now be downloaded for free.  The author drew from experiences as a missionary when writing this study guide on topics such as perseverance in hardship, dealing with depression, handling conflict, and benefit from trials. One missionary writes, “I have been able to relate to it more than any ‘stateside’ Bible study.” You can download it or order hard copies at


While there, check out Janice’s newest book, “Steppes of Faith,” another resource to encourage and ch

allenge. One reviewer says this “compelling narrative leaves you laughing, crying and hopeful at the same time.” It can also be downloaded as an e-book, ie. for Kindle.

2) We Know More about Member Care for Women??? —

Is it true? Do we really know more about missionary care for women than we do for men? That was the conclusion of Gary Reed, a a Licensed Professional Counselor with Ministry Care who serves Team Expansion workers worldwide. In an open letter to those 340 workers around the globe, Gary explained that we know more about what women need to “fill up” on member care. Resources like these…


are famous for helping the female global worker. But are there similar programs for men? If so, please click to the link below to find this item on the web, then click “Comment” to add your favorite resources… please. Thanks for your help. All your male friends will appreciate it.


8) Five Core Values to Ethical Member Care —

This past week, Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell wrote Brigada to discuss “Working Together: Five Core Values to Ethical Member Care.” Taken from a discussion in “Global Member Care” (2011, page 158), the original source can be found at…


The Five Core Values they documented were…

*** Human worth: We value colleagues as humans with intrinsic worth not as resources with strategic worth.

*** Safety in sharing: We value developing and using safe ways to share personal and work-related concerns.

*** Wellbeing for all: We value both the wellbeing of sending groups and the wellbeing of their staff.

*** Work-life balance: We value balancing professional work demands and personal growth desires.

*** Relational resiliency: We value persevering for truth and peace in our relationships (Zech. 8:19).


I always find the O’Donnells’ work interesting and stimulating. I’m confident that if we dwell a bit on these 5 core values, we’ll all build better organizations, fellowships, and teams.

4) The Ups and Downs of Being a Missionary —

This new book by Eleanor Rowe and Marjorie Collins is, according to my wife :-), a “really, really simple, easy read.” She added that “if you are considering becoming a career missionary or even going on a short term trip, this is a great jump-start book. It is a basic read for those with little or no knowledge of mission life.” Rowe and Collins cover everything from supporters to technology. They handle topics such as schooling for children, loneliness, flexibility, finances, housing, food, fun, weather and illness. To order, send a $10 check payable to

“Eleanor L. Rowe” to …



1089 Kumquat Ct.

Orange City, FL   32763


10) Missionary Care Conference in Oregon —

Check out “Care ConneXion 2012,” March 16-17, 2012 at Village Baptist Church, Beaverton, OR. Register before March 1st to receive the early-bird rate. Care Connexion is a catalyst for mutual encouragement and sharing of best practice resources in member care. This conference is an excellent opportunity to network with others committed to missionary care and will focus on equipping and networking leaders to provide relevant and effective care for missionaries.  Speakers from around the country will share strategies, resources and encouragement in efforts to meet the needs of overseas workers. For a complete list of break-out sessions and keynotes, visit

3) Serving As Senders Today —

Emmaus Road International is pleased to announce the availability of the 20th anniversary, revised and expanded edition of the classic book on member care: Serving As Senders. First published in 1991, in 16 print runs, numerous custom editions and 18 translations, over 400,000 copies have ministered to missionaries and their caregivers, alike. Serving As Senders~Today clarifies and enhances the basic principles. Exciting new stories of how these Biblical principles work in local situations around the world have been added. To order your copy(ies), visit


If you are a missionary, do not pay by PayPal. Ask for an Invoice and note that you are a missionary.


Contacts for the translations are available at


(Note: These links will likely “wrap.” If you have trouble copying it and pasting it into your browser, just log on to Brigada today online and find this same item posted there. We’ll make sure the link works on our site. Thanks.)

10) New book, “The Ups and Downs of Being a Missionary” —

Marjorie Collins and Eleanor Rowe have co-authored “The Ups and Downs of Being a Missionary,” a little 93-page book. It deals with things a novice to missions worries about and needs to know a bit about, from what it’s like to raise support, to giving to beggars. It’s not for veterans but for those just kind of thinking about missions (recruitment tool?), those thinking pretty seriously, and probably also those in process of first getting into missions. It may even be a help and an encouragement to a new missionary’s parents or family members. It does not teach details of missionary life, nor theology, nor profound mission strategy. With lots of examples, it teaches ATTITUDES, and allays irrational fears. It raises questions every new missionary needs to think about, and gets a newcomer to missions excited about what he’s considering getting involved in.


To order, send a $10 check payable to “Eleanor L. Rowe” to …


1089 Kumquat Ct.

Orange City, FL   32763


Questions? Write…


3) Dozens of Free Brochures For Missionaries —

You feel tired, anxious, discouraged, isolated, angry, and homesick but cannot think of any reason why you should feel that way. You have been on the field for several years, but these feelings always seem to be there, increasing and decreasing. You wonder what could be causing them. It could be culture stress.  There’s a brochure — “What Missionaries Ought to Know about Culture Stress” — that could help. In fact, there are dozens of brochures on all *kinds* of topics that might help you. They’re available in htm or pdf formats and they’re free at


If you would like a copy of the brochure with no mention of the word “missionary,” you can find it at…


(And thanks to GO InterNational, the producers of this material, for sending $30 to help Brigada finish 2011!)

3) If You’re Member Care, Consider this Global Conference —

It would be a great way to connect with a world-full of member care specialists. The conference is slated for April 23-27, 2012, and the place is Chiangmai, Thailand. Learn more about the program and schedule here:


Entitled, “Global Voices on Global Challenges,” I have a hunch that the best part of all would be the wide network of relationships you’d form. In only 4 days, you’d exponentially increase your reach. (Thanks to Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell for tipping us off to this conference!)

1) “Missionary Singles Issues,” 15 chapters: Free Download —

When his “Missionary Marriage Issues” book appeared several years ago, unmarried missionaries started asking Ron Koteskey what he had for singles.  His e-book, “Missionary Singles Issues,” is now available on 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…


If you would like a copy of the book with no mention of the word “missionary,” you can find it at…


(Thanks to Ron for the $30 gift he sent to Brigada, too. Ron is a Member Care Consultant with Go InterNational.)

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