A great place to start
Churches have a key role to play in ensuring mission partners are appropriately supported. Is your church well equipped? For links to a range of extremely helpful resources looking at various aspects including pastoral and practical support, praying for your mission partners, relating to the sending agency, financial matters, re-entry support and more see www.globalconnections.org.uk/mission-support.
Time for a thorough MOT?
The Global Connections Guidelines for Good Practice in Member Care is a fantastic resource to help any church or agency sending staff or volunteers overseas. Comprehensive and detailed, the principles covered are based on eleven core values, including church involvement; support structures; orientation, training and briefing; support while serving; and moving on. They can be found at www.globalconnections.org.uk/mc-guidelines.
Three must-read books
Families on the Move is the essential guide for those taking a family on a cross-cultural assignment - what to look out for, managing transition, continuity in change, how to build bridges back home and more. Sensitive, practical, moving and highly readable.
Burn-Up or Splash-Down? While people anticipate that going overseas will require major changes, few anticipate the difficulties upon return. This encouraging book seeks to aid the re-entry process by identifying areas of potential struggle, dealing with emotional challenges and other issues in relocation, and facilitating a smooth transition.
Single Mission aims to encourage and equip single mission personnel, and help them be strong in faith, effective in ministry, resilient, and content with their lifestyle. An excellent resource to help us all understand the dynamics of single people in mission.
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Needing more specialist help?
Are your mission partners in need of professional debriefing, mentoring or guidance? Do they need help in finding their funding? What about housing needs for long serving Christian workers on their return to the UK? Or perhaps you are looking for options to give them a time on retreat? Further information about a whole range of member care services available to churches and mission partners can be found at www.globalconnections.org.uk/mc-providers.