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Bridging the Gaps
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CONFERENCE INFORMATION

Purpose of this conference:

To provide further training and equipping in the “Stronger Together” series on missionary care.

 

To equip the church and mission personnel, as well as existing and future missionaries, and to find ways to bridge the gaps in missionary care among the four entities: the church, mission agencies, supporters and the missionary family.

 

To raise awareness of the need to coordinate missionary family support and care between supporting churches, sending mission agencies, personal supporters and missionaries, and to offer solutions as to how to encourage closer cooperation between these 4 supporting entities.


Invitees

     ~ Mission Agency Member Care Personnel;

     ~ Mission Training Personnel;

     ~ Mission minded Church lay leaders focused on caring for their missionaries;

     ~ Church leadership – Elders, Pastors, Mission Committee Leaders


Conference description:

There are many gaps in the care needed for the missionary family. This conference unpacks the gaps and challenges us to collaborate effectively.

 

This day-long conference will provide people with the opportunity to consider the complicated team structure that missionaries work under: sending church(es), sending mission agencies, supporters, at times a business; all working to provide infrastructure, support and encouragement in a challenging cross cultural setting.

 

For those who attended “No Lone Rangers” and “Who Cares about Missionaries?” at Missions Fest Vancouver (Jan. 27/28), this will provide further insight and learning, and will serve to prepare us all for what we can do as senders and/or goers.


Our speakers: 

Michèle Phoenix is an articulate and compelling speaker and author on the subject of missionary families and has served missionary couples and their children for several decades. Her recent novel, "Of Stillness and Storm", will be of interest to us as it provides a challenging perspective on the cost of missions. Based on true stories, her novel tells of a passionate missionary couple who experiences both trauma and dysfunction while working on the field. It shares difficult implications of a missionary NOT well mobilized, and provides a compelling story of what  can and does happen once our missionaries are deployed.

 

Born in France to a Canadian father and an American mother, Michèle Phoenix is an international writer and speaker with a heart for MKs and the missionary family.  She taught for 20 years at Black Forest Academy (Germany) and for the past 6 years has travelled globally to consult and teach on topics related to the missionary family.  She loves good conversations, mischievous students, Marvel movies and French pastries.

 

John Best is the Global Ministries pastor at Willingdon Church (Burnaby).  He’s served capably as a Missions Mobilizer with MB Mission and has worked in group homes for adults with developmental challenges.  He has an MDiv from ACTS Seminaries, and is an avid choral singer.  Married to Christy, he’s father to three children. He has a big heart and a steadfast love for Christ plus tremendous creativity in raising interest and awareness in Global Missions in and outside the church.


 

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Member Care
Calendar of Events

(Debriefing, retreats, training, workshops, conferences)
Inclusion in this list doesn't imply endorsement. This information is presented for your use.

 

2017

JULY

 

Classic ReBoot ON - (July 22-29) Kitchener, Ontario.

Our 5th year of providing Transition retreats for MKs ages 17-20 (slightly younger and older siblings welcome) 

http://canadianmk.net/ReBoot

 

Re-View Retreat (July 23-28) Ontario 

A Debrief and Re-Entry retreat for missionaries in transition. Children 15 years of age and under welcome. 

http://www.missionprep.ca/register/

 


AUGUST

 

Classic ReBoot AB (Aug. 5-12) Calgary, Alberta. 

Our 5th year of providing Transition retreats for MKs ages 17-20 (slightly younger and older siblings welcome) 

http://canadianmk.net/ReBoot

 


OCTOBER

 

Pastor to Missionaries (PTM) Conference, Barnabas International. (Oct. 3-6) 

Hosted at the Ridgecrest Conference Centre, Asheville, NC. 

http://www.barnabas.org/member-care/events/ptm

 

The Emmaus Journey Retreat (Oct. 24-27) Calgary 

A Debrief and Re-Entry retreat for missionaries in transition.

http://www.beracah.ca/the-emmaus-journey/

 

People, Mental Health and Trauma Training (Oct. 30-Nov.3) Vancouver. 

A 5-day training on how to effectively care for those having experienced trauma. For those caring for refugees, immigrants and missionary families. Emphasis on mental health and the principles of caring for those with emotional mental health needs. 

https://www.outreach.ca/upmht_bc2017

 


NOVEMBER

 

People, Mental Health and Trauma Training (Nov.6-10) Ontario.

A 5-day training on how to effectively care for those having experienced trauma. For those caring for refugees, immigrants and missionary families. Emphasis on mental health and the principles of caring for those with emotional mental health needs. 

https://www.outreach.ca/upmht_on2017

 


DECEMBER

 

Re-View Retreat (Dec. 3-8) 

A Debrief and Re-Entry retreat for missionaries in transition. Children 15 years of age and under welcome. 

http://www.missionprep.ca/register/

 


Retreat centres with programs running throughout the year:

 

Kerith Retreats (MB & AB)

Retreats for missionary singles & couples (no children) 

http://www.kerithretreats.ca/

 

OASIS (Abbotsford, Bc)

Retreats, preventative health checks, individual counseling one on one retreats (no children).

http://oasisretreatscanada.com/

 

Liebenzell 

Retreat centre for missionaries, pastors, organizations. 

www.liebenzell.ca

 

Faith Mission (Campbellville, ON) 

http://faithmissioncanada.org/

 

Fairhaven Ministries Canada (Vernon, B.C.) 

http://www.fairhavencanada.com/

 

Selah Retreat Bed & Breakfast  (Sorrento, BC)

Run by Rick & Adelia Bergen. 

http://www.selahretreatbb.com/

 


Global/Regional activities and resources

 

Global Member Care Network has a very active Facebook page with requests from people asking for help and resources.

GMCN Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/globalmembercare

 

ASIA:

The Well International, Chiang Mai, Thailand: http://www.thewellintl.org/events/ Weekend retreats, Debriefing retreats, training, families.

 

EUROPE:

OSCAR: UK information service for World Mission.

Member care resources and missionary support in the UK and Globally http://www.oscar.org.uk/newsevents/events.htm

 

Global Connections: Global Connections is a growing, vibrant network of UK agencies, churches, colleges and support services linked together for resources, learning and representation. http://www.globalconnections.org.uk/events/all

 

AFRICA:

Interhealth Training Program: UK and Africa.

Dates: February through May 2016.

Training Courses on such issues as; (just to name a few). Kidnap avoidance/hostage survival.

Common Travel Health Risks Basic Trauma First Aid

Stress and Personal Resilience for Missionaries Information:

www.interhealthworldwide.org/home/trainingevents/training-africa@interhealthworldwide.org

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