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Caring for our extended family - how far does our responsibility reach?

Most mission agencies view themselves as having a family-friendly ethos, and even functioning with a family mindset rather than a corporate or institutional one. But how does that family ethos work in practice when relating to the extended family of mission agency workers? What about the parents, grandparents and other relatives left behind when workers head overseas?

This event aims to help us think through our responsibilities in this area – what should we as agencies be doing, and what should be left to the mission workers themselves? 

As we progress through the day we will

  • hear the voices of family members ‘left behind’ as they speak about their experiences - what was challenging and anything mission agencies did that helped
  • learn from agencies who have held special day events for extended family members that have been well appreciated
  • consider the implications for mission agencies
  • going overseas in the first place
  • staying overseas – especially if they perceive the host country as dangerous in some way
  • other decisions made by parents such as education options 
  • consider case studies and challenging questions to help sharpen our thinking

We will finish the day with a session to brainstorm ideals for how mission agencies can better relate to extended families who would appreciate such contact. The purpose of this won’t be just to dream, but to go from the event and implement some of these good ideas.

The event starts at 10.45am (refreshments from 10.30am) and finishes at 3.30pm.

The cost is £20 for everyone. Refreshments and lunch are included in the price. Please complete the form below to book your place.

Cancellation Policy: 50% of the booking charge will be refunded if cancellation is made at least one month prior to the event. For cancellations of less than one month we would not normally expect a refund to be made.

For more details, contact Nicoleta Mezei