Organizations To Look to:
Offering a variety of topical data and resources for spiritual and emotional healing. ACCFS has professional counselors, lay counselors, church outreach staff, and office personnel who provide information, training, support, consultation, and/or counseling to address issues such as depression, marital problems, anxiety, adjustment difficulties, and child behavior problems.
Barnabas International exists to edify, encourage, enrich and strengthen servants in ministry. We creatively seek ways to fulfill our charter through a variety of ministry models. We are pastoral care providers, shepherding the hearts and souls of God’s people. Our ministry priorities are targeted toward global servants, pastors, national church leaders, and their families. We’d recommend starting here: MEMBER CARE BASICS and then move to their general resources.
Learn about the countries and ministries that World Relief administers. Many of those who have gone out from the Bluffton churches are affiliated with World Relief. Those missionaries run through the AC Mission Committee. You can find more information about the Mission Committee here.
Serving as Senders by Neal Pirolo
This book offers practical ideas for how to care for your missionaries while they are preparing to go, while they are on the field and when they return home. A missionary’s needs are in six key areas: moral support, logistics support, financial support, prayer support, communication support and reentry support. This book gives ideas on how to provide this care.
Tender Care: Providing Pastoral Care for God’s Global Servants by Reagon Wilson and David Kronbach
Tender Care offers practical, candid, biblical look at the task of refreshing the hearts and souls of those who carry the good news of God’s love to the nations. From big picture perspectives to tightly focused detail, they remind us of both the privilege and the pressures of serving Christ across the boundaries of culture.
The Reentry Team: Caring for your Returning Missionaries by Neal Pirolo
Reentry into a missionary’s home country is often the most neglected, yet greatly needed support. The Reentry Team is a thoughtful study on how to care for returning missionaries.
Blogs to Follow:
The blog collective ‘A Life Overseas’ provides that place of online connection for Christ-following missionaries and humanitarian aid workers living in foreign countries– from the past, present, or future. As a team of writers who have logged years of overseas experience ourselves, we want to create an online space where expats of many nations come together to interact, encourage, and find a community that ‘gets it’. This is a recommended place for perspectives and understanding on a variety of topics regarding expat living and missionary lifestyles.