Member Care

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

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 …

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.”

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

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

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…

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.”

1) Missionary Member Care: An Introduction: Free Download

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The 17 chapters of this 160-page e-book give an overview of member care for those interested in providing it or in receiving it. Though it is written for missionaries, it is also appropriate for use in an introductory university course in member care because it contains hundreds of links to primary sources of information. 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…

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

Register securely at

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.)

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