Member Care

6) Free Report on ” The State of HR”

The editors at People in Aid wrote, “If you work in the humanitarian and development sector, you need to read this paper. We have made it short and easy to read so that everyone can benefit from the insights into the current trends in HR and people management. The report encourages you to think about what might be needed to transform and prepare your organization for what lies around the corner.” See the full report for free at…

It’s a brand new release, passed along to us by Kelly O’Donnell at…

2) Low Cost Renewal Retreats June 2013

ELIMBarnabas International and ELIM Retreat Ministries have room available in two June Retreats along the shores of Lake Huron, Michigan, USA. The openings are in the Retreats of June 17-22 and June 25-30. The cost is $80.00 per person. They offer a safe, beautiful 1400 acre retreat site with miles of beach front and their goal is your renewal, encouragement and rest in a safe place with safe people. For registration, pics, video clip and faq’s, please go to

Email Henry at
hstewart5atjunodotcom with questions, or just jump to the online version of this item using the link below, and click on the word “Comment” below. I think my wife and I are going to try to do the June 17 week. We’d love to meet you there.

4) Traction Conference for Men in Switzerland: September 21-27, 2013

Traction is a 6-day experience September 21-27, 2013 for men who serve in cross-cultural settings. This week of restoration is all about helping guys navigate their roles as leaders in order to gain spiritual footing and momentum to move forward. It is led by Dan and Lori of Catalyst Int’l, a ministry founded in 2004 dedicated to supporting Christian leaders in highly challenging global environments. See all the details at

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6) Breathe Conference in Switzerland: June 19-29, 2013

Breathe is a 10-day retreat happening in Interlaken, Switzerland designed for the renewal of singles, couples and families who serve in cross-cultural settings. The focus of Breathe is to support and encourage cross-cultural workers who serve in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.  Under the guidance of professionals with years of experience in pastoral and member care counseling, guests have the opportunity to focus on issues affecting them. Fun programs are provided for preschoolers, elementary, and teens that consider the unique needs of third culture kids.

Breathe is led by Daniel and Lori of Catalyst Int’l. Learn more at

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3) Can Cross-cultural Workers “Learn” to be Happy?

happyIt’s an honest question. Are certain workers unhappy because of certain skills, views, or behaviors that they’ve learned? If they learned different ways, could their level of happiness, and even job satisfaction, improve? I considered this question recently after receiving an email from Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell, in which they referred to an article about “10 Things Happy People Do Differently,” by Paula Davis-Laack (featured in the Huffington Post, 3 Jan 2013). See the original article here…

So how ’bout you? Do you think our peers could LEARN to be happier and/or more fulfilled in ministry? If so, should we include these kinds of training materials in our orientations? (Please click “Comment” below the web version of this item to give your feedback, anonymous or otherwise. Thanks.)

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.

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