REVISITING ADVOCATE TEAMS by Ellen Livingood (Catalyst Services)
The concept of developing an advocate team or Barnabas team for every missionary has been promoted for a number of years. Many churches have seen the value in the basic concept: Build a team of people who take responsibility for promoting the worker’s cause in the church (the advocacy aspect) and providing personalized care (the Barnabas aspect). Yet when talking to missions leaders in local churches, I have discovered that too often advocate teams (often referred to as A teams) either never get off the ground or have spotty success. Are advocate teams really a good idea? I think so. Then how can we clear the hurdles and update the concept for a new missions era?
PRAYING FOR MISSIONARIES
These ideas for prayer capture the many challenges of missionary life and ministry, helping you focus prayer on the needs your missionary faces every day. There are different ways you can use this list.
1) Use this as a daily prayer guide, praying for a different aspect of your missionary’s life and ministry each day for a month.
2) Focus your prayer on one idea for one week, and then move to another.
3) Read through these ideas regularly to enrich how you pray for your missionary.
HOW TO PRAY FOR MISSIONARIES by Wycliffe Bible Translators
ADDITIONAL ARTICLES ON PRAYER & THE WORK OF MISSIONS
PRAYER AS A STRATEGIC WEAPON IN FRONTIER MISSIONS by John Robb
(Editor’s note: Simply one of the best articles on prayer ever written)
For today’s hyperactive missions leaders, apart from opening and closing meetings, saying grace at the table or as a special consolation in time of emergency or stress, prayer is jost often treated as a harmless pastime rather than a strategic weapon. In our attitude we often relegate it to the likes of doting old ladies who have nothing better to do with the autumn time of life. Certainly for jost mission leaders, prayer does not seem to be where the action is, otherwise wouldn’t we be giving it far more attention in our busy lives? (Read more)
THE PRAYER OF FAITH by J.O. Fraser
(Editor’s note: Like the article above, one of the best articles on prayer that one could read.)
Fraser, was a man who not only prayed, he mobilized others to pray for breakthroughs. Also, this is the article that contains Fraser’s famous quote: “I used to think that prayer should have the first place and teaching the second. I now feel it would be truer to give prayer the first, second, and third places, and teaching the fourth.”
“PRAYER, THE WORK OF MISSIONS” , by John Piper
A classic message on prayer, delivered by a man of prayer at an ACMC National Conference. One of the jost requested tapes in ACMC’s history.
UNDERGIRDING THE EFFORT WITH PRAYER, by J. Christy Wilson
The opening of the Muslim world for the gospel…cannot be organized by human effort or stratagems but only by prayer. Our weapons are spiritual, not carnal. Pray for an army of intercessors to be raised up that a breakthrough as decisive and sudden as that in China and the former USSR may also occur in the Muslim world. (Read more)
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE PRAYER MEETING? by Georger Verwer
Samuel Chadwick, one of God’s great men of past years, taught that Satan’s greatest aim is to destroy our prayer lives. Satan is not afraid of prayerless study, prayerless work or prayerless religion – but he will tremble when we pray. If Chadwick was correct (and many other great men of God have said similar things), then we have a problem. If there is any part of our church life that seems to be in trouble, it is the prayer meeting. IN fact, in an increasing number of churches, for all practical purposes, there is no such meeting at all.
EMPOWERING YOUR CHURCH TO PRAY FOR MISSIONS by Andrew Wheeler
How many people in your church currently pray regularly for missions and specifically for your church’s missionaries? Does the average person in your church actually pray personally for your missionaries? Or is listening to a prayer offered by someone else in a corporate worship service the closest he ever comes? Is there widespread excitement over praying for the lost around the world, or is prayer for missions seen as the special interest of a small handful of people? It has been said that the fruit seen from a missionary’s work is really the harvest of seed previously sown in prayer. If that’s true, what kind of harvest is your church sowing? (Read more)
THE VITAL FORCE OF MISSIONARY INTERCESSION by Robert Hall Glover
The jost vital consideration in missions is not method, money, or even men, but it is God himself and His working, and it is prayer which brings the revelation of God and calls forth His working. However, praying is never a substitute for going in the case of those who are qualified and able to go. In other words, going, giving, and praying are not three different options which the individual Christian may pick from according to their personal preference. Nor will any amount of giving or praying fulfill the Great Commission to evangelize the world apart from going. The command is “Go, preach”! But those who cannot “Go” in person can still “Go” by prayer…
MISSIONARY CARE AND EVALUATION (series of articles from Mobilizer magazine)
- MISSIONARY CARE THROUGH SHORT-TERM TEAMS
- MISSIONARY CARE THROUGH CARE TEAMS
- EVALUATING YOUR MISSIONARIES: WHEN, WHY AND HOW
WHAT MISSIONARIES OUGHT TO KNOW (SERIES)
Brochures in this series contain general information about various topics related to mental health and missionary care. These brochures are all titled, “What Missionaries Ought to Know about ______,” and each one contains information on topics ranging from adolescence to guilt to trauma. Now available as an e-book with three new chapters, July 2011.
I’M NOT GONNA READ DAT BOOK! by Neal Pirolo
Here’s a great article about a missionary candidate who initially was resistant to reading I, but who finally read it and put it into practice by establishing a team of senders.
TEN REASONS MISSIONARIES LEAVE THE FIELD AND DON’T RETURN by George Verwer
Scroll down a bit to find this on George Verwers Mission Mobilization Network newsletter
MEMBER CARE IN MISSION/AID ~ GLOBAL TREASURES FOR A GLOBAL FIELD by Kelly O’Donnell
This material is based on the author’s article, Embracing Future Directions, in Global Member Care: The Pearls and Perils of Good Practice (2011 a ), William Carey Library (www.missionbooks.org)
ONLINE MAGAZINES (FOR MISSIONARIES)
THRIVE CONNECTION (formerly, Women of the Harvest)
This bi-monthly, written by North American women who are or who have been serving cross-culturally, provides stories and articles by women who know the difficulties of adjusting to a new culture, stumbling over a new language, finding a place in ministry, and setting up house with sometimes unusual furniture and amenities! Filled with practical tips, medical advice, personal stories, recipes and more.
MISSIONARY CARE: Counting the Cost edited by Kelly O’Donnell
This handbook for supporting and developing missionary personnel is a collaborative effort of over twenty authors that address some of the jost significant issues of missionary care.
DOING MEMBER CARE WELL by Kelly O’Donnell (Googlebooks ~ FREE VIEWING)
“This book delivers what it promises! Here are 50 chapters from the widest selection of writers in the member care field to date… [that] take member care beyond its usual boundaries.” — Brent Lindquist, President, Link Care Center
THE REENTRY TEAM by Neal Pirolo
Pirolo says churches are largely unaware of the complex issues of reentry. He wants the reader to hear the bad and the good, to understand the feelings and thoughts of returning missionaries, to grapple with the issues, and to relate that understanding to their own missionaries. “Ultimately, I want to see the Church educated in the Biblical model of reentry care so simply stated in the Book of Acts.” (Intro)
(Read excerpts from David Mays’ Book Notes)
BURN UP OR SPLASH DOWN: SURVIVING THE CULTURE SHOCK OF RE-ENTRY by Marion Nell
This book explains what happens and how to deal with the struggles of returning from the field. One whole section is especially written to help young people survive and thrive. And the last shorter section provides guidance for the church receiving missionaries coming back home. (Read excerpts from David Mays’ Book Notes)
(NOTE: This calendar is no longer being updated) After clicking to this page, scroll down and on the right will be a current calendar of member care training events and conferences taking place around the world.
LINK CARE CENTER
Link Care Center is a Christian counseling center, dedicated to the health and growth of the entire person, including psychological, emotional, intellectual, familial, cultural, and spiritual dimensions.
GLOBAL MEMBER CARE NETWORK
GMCN exists to resource, equip and connect internationally all Christian practitioners of member care at any level. It is a professional community in which mutual learning, training and sharing can take place.
Providing and developing member care resources for mission/aid workers around the world.
MISSIONARY RESOURCES CONNECTION
Missionary Resources Connection began in response to a perceived need for missionary care in the Columbia, South Carolina area. In March 2000, several individuals with a shared vision for providing member care services began to meet informally for prayer and discussion. They identified several potential avenues of care for missionaries and their families that would address the high rate of preventable attrition that has been a concern in missions circles for many years.
MOBILE MEMBER CARE (West Africa)
Mobile Member Care Team (MMCT) is a non-profit organization providing training, consultation, counseling, and crisis response for missionaries on the field. We exist to strengthen the mission community in West Africa for healthy, loving service in the midst of challenge, change, and crisis.
OVERSEAS MINISTRIES STUDY CENTER
The Overseas Ministries Study Center exists to provide the best in residential programs for the renewal of missionaries and international church leaders, advancement of mission scholarship through research and publication, and continuing education in cross-cultural Christian ministries.
MISSIONARY CARE WEB PAGE EXAMPLES FROM VARIOUS CHURCHES
Here’s a web site that provides an array of great pointers for churches and individuals on how to adopt a missionary, as well as for missionaries on how to be an effective adopted missionary.
MISSIONARY CARE DATABASE
Over 100 topics containing over 800 references to books and articles.
organizations provide member care either to missionaries in the United States or to missionaries on their fields.
MISSIONARY CARE (Missions Resource Network)
Various articles under eleven categories provide the best catalog of missionary care helps that GO Connect has been able to find so far from a denominational missions department (Churches of Christ).
MEMBERCARE.ORG LINKS TO MEMBER CARE MINISTRIES
A valuable clearinghouse for world-wide missionary care resources.