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1 October 2017–Special News

We are in the process of adjusting the various Updates that we send out. A new season is here for relevance and resilience—in light of global issues, responsibilities, and opportunities!  Here are some of the ideas we are considering for a new type of Update to further support you and your work: 1) sending Updates periodically rather than monthly; 2) featuring guest consultants-contributors; 3) focusing on a combination of global issues, mental health, integrity, and member care; 4) continuing our emphasis on truth and peace (Zechariah 8:19) in the church-mission community; and 5) complementing the Updates with interactive webinars and roundtable consultations related to practical applications of the Missio Dei model of global member care. We welcome your ideas! Contact us at MCAresources@gmail.com

Warm greetings from Geneva,
Kelly and Michèle
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101. Summary: Global Member Care–Highway 101. September 2017This is our 101st Update. We are calling it the “Global Member Care—Highway 101″ (GMC-101). Come and travel with us as on this resource highway as we review the MC Updates that we have done over the past several years. Think of this summary Update as a major member care thoroughfare (tool!) that is making hundreds of core and cutting edge resources accessible to our colleagues around the world. More personally, the GMC-101 is also a nostalgic reminder for us of Highway 101 in California, and especially some of its beach routes (joining with Pacific Coast Highway 1) which have been a special part of our lives over the years. We finish the Update with some important reflections on the relevance of global integration as we travel along GMC-101.  So…welcome to GMC-101–spread the word!

100. Love: Commands for Reflection and Application. August 2017In this Update we focus on love. We see love as the essence of member care. Love is the foundation, motive, strategy, goal, measure, and future of member care. It is a practical, sacrificial, and celebratory command.  Love never ceases.

99. Stories and Strategies: Reflections on Adversity and Wellbeing. July 2017. In this Update we feature several personal stories of caregivers working in member care, mission, and mental health. These are mainly accounts of dealing with adversity: struggles for sanity and survival, healing and wellbeing, both in one’s own life and in the lives of people and populations with whom one works. Most of these accounts are current (Part One–2017). Others are more vintage, harkening back 15 years to three foundational volumes for member care (Part Two–2002). We encourage you to take the time to go through these fascinating and challenging materials for your own personal and group development. They are also useful as member care tools to support the growth and effectiveness of mission personnel. We finish the Update with some personal reflections from the opening chapters of Revelation. You are invited to come along as we consider adversity and perseverance  on a “Journey with Jesus–from Patmos to Paradise.”

98. New Resources: Gazing-Going beyond Our Shores. June 2017. In this Update we continue to fix our gaze broadly, featuring yet going beyond familiar member care shores in order to explore many new resources from different sectors. It is especially inspired by the group Iona, whose music over 25+ years has encouraged us further into our global member care journey and Christian spirituality. We include links to two Iona music videos from Beyond These Shores (on sojourning into mission) and finish with some personal and faith-based reflections on our “global gaze.”

97. Moral Care: Resources for Living in Integrity. May 2017This Update focuses on recent, supportive resources for living in integrity—a core part of the “moral care” that is part of member care. We feature four materials for moral care with an emphasis on integrity for staff, leaders, and all those with member care responsibility. They include Kelly’s current article on integrity-accountability and his recent weblogs on global integrity along with two exceptional TedxTalks that call us to courage as we face moral challenges/choices. We finish with some personal reflections on the need for living in global integrity: “Good Practice-Good People.”

96. Re-Member Care: Tributes to MC Pioneers and Developers. April 2017. This Update focuses on some amazing people–remembering several deceased colleagues who have been instrumental in pioneering and developing member care. It includes a photo of each colleague and a link to our MCA website to access information about their lives (several links to tributes/short histories). Although they are no longer with us on the earth, their voices and examples still speak clearly to us today. We miss them dearly, yet know they are in the best of care as they are “away from the body and at home with the Lord” (2 Cor. 5:8, NIV). We finish the Update with an invitation to journey further into member care by engaging with an article that overviews 100 years of member care history.

95. Go for It! Building Our Future Foundations Now! March 2017. In this Update we feature three articles that we have written over the last year (March 2016-March 2017). Although focusing mostly on mental health professionals, they are also very relevant for those with member care responsibilities. The articles are meant to encourage us as we consider the many new opportunities for member care in mission and for mental health as mission. This trio of articles provides directional tools that can help us build our “future foundations.” Chief among these tools is the global integration framework that we have been promoting the last six years. We finish the Update with some personal reflections and some special encouragement from Lareau Lindquist’s book, Too Soon to Quit. But first, we start off with an anecdote involving another encouraging person, George Verwer…Go for it!

94. New Global Member Care Model: Member Care in the Missio Dei (MC-MD). February 2017. This Update features the newly expanded model for global member care. It emphasizes the missio Dei context for member care and adds a seventh sphere, Humanity Care. The original model (2000) and its updates (2011, 2013) have been used widely in the mission community to “guide and goad” member care practice. We are delighted to note that the model continues to emphasize Jesus Christ at the core of member care, including our relationship with Him, member care/mission workers serving Him, and His love for all people. We finish the Update with some personal reflections on the relevance and application of the model.

93. Special Issues on Member Care: Journals and Magazines (1983-2017). January 2017Twenty special journal and magazine issues over a 34 year period…These are important metrics that reflect the ongoing development of member care in mission. This Update takes a closer look at these 20 special issues and shares links for accessing them: some are for free online and others can be purchased in pdf/hard copies at special rates. Part One features the just-published issue by the Journal of Psychology and Theology (JPT) on “Psychology and Mission” (December 2016 with another issue scheduled for June 2017). Part Two lists the 20 special issues by journal/magazine and by date of publication. Part Three then goes into more detail by listing the table of contents for the special issues. Collectively, all 20 special issues give us a good sense of many important member care topics that have been dealt with over the years. There are surely more special issues that we are not aware of, including in other languages and/or with a special topical focus. And they are all foundational for the literature that is to come, including perhaps a special global journal devoted to member care issues? We finish with some reflections on being inspired and guided by the literature in member care.

92. WHO Mental Health Resources: Ten Tools for Member Care. December 2016. In this Update we feature 10 mental health resources from the World Health Organization (WHO). They are all available online for free and many are in different languages. These resources are tools that can inform and strengthen all of our member care work in consultation, counseling, and training. Collectively they provide both a global context for better understanding mental health issues and technical content for further developing mental health skills. These 10 resources are also some of the main materials that we personally use as we consider new opportunities in the world to connect and contribute via “mental health as mission” (e.g., see the MC Updates April 2016 and September 2012). We finish the Update with personal and directional reflections on the relevance of global integration (GI) for member care.

91. Telehealth Practice: Perspectives and Resources. November 2016.  In this Update we hear from Dr. Justin Smith, Professor of Counseling at Phoenix Seminary in the USA and this issue’s special Consultant-Contributor. Justin overviews telehealth issues and guidelines from a USA professional mental health context. He also includes material from Europe and China. Rather than presenting a harmonized set of guidelines from different sources, Justin shares some perspectives and core resources to help inform our member care telehealth practice (i.e., for MCWs, departments, organizations, and the member care field). Hopefully this Update and other similar efforts will lead to a next step for the member care field: a process to bring colleagues together who can fashion a broad-based set of telehealth guidelines and specific tools to help guide the diversity of member care workers in diverse settings. The Update finishes with additional thoughts about the need for an “ethical mentality” in member care practice.
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90. Internet Sanity: Maintaining Control and Avoiding Addictions. October 2016
In this Update we share resources to help responsibly use the internet. We feature three items in particular to support you, children, colleagues, organizations, and communities: a) the recent documentary Screenagers (internet for children/teens); b) the resources from verywell (internet and technology addictions); and the recent BBC documentary Troll Hunters (internet harassment). There are many other issues and resources that could be added of course, such as monitoring content and updating security. We all need to be smart and sane in using the internet well—to stay in control of this great tool (and ourselves) rather than being controlled by it. 
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89. Mortality: Living-Finishing-Remembering Well. September 2016
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88. Psychological First Aid. August 2016This Update features two special resources for developing skills in mental health and crisis care. These resources are especially relevant for both supporting and equipping member care and mission/aid personnel in their challenging settings. The first resource was just released: Psychological and Mental Health First Aid for All, a succinct compilation of educational materials from various authors. The second is Psychological First Aid, a practical set of guidelines, written in simple English, which continues to be used internationally and across sectors. We finish with some personal reflections on doing member care well.

87. Recent Resources and Events: Member Care Around the World.
 July 2016. This month we traverse the globe as we share a variety of recent member care resources and events. Many thanks to friends and colleagues for sending us your suggestions! Most of these materials are from 2016 and 2015. Member care continues to go global as it takes deeper root in sending groups (churches and agencies), countries and regions, local settings, different sectors, and indeed in our own hearts. We finish this Update with a brief excerpt from “To the Ends of the Earth, To the End of the Age” an encouraging reflection about the specialness of mission workers.

86. Perspectives on Proselytizing: Issues, Insights, and Integrity for Christian Witness. June 2016. In this Update we present different perspectives related to proselytizing. It is definitely a hot topic! Part one lists several foundational documents for respecting and safeguarding people’s religious and political views and practices (from the UN, humanitarian,and Christian sectors. Part two lists several materials for exploring and affirming the interface between faith, human rights, and humanitarian/development work. Part three concludes with some personal reflections on proselytizing. Please note that there are a variety of perspectives in these materials, some of which may not fit with one’s religious. political, or other convictions.
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85. Building Skill Sets and Tool Kits–Seventh Anniversary Issue. May 2016This issue begins our eighth year of Updates. For this new Update, we browsed through the 84 archived issues and selected seven special resources, one from each year. Not an easy task! These materials reflect just a few of the MANY quality materials that we have shared over the years: to support staff well being and effectiveness and to further build your skills sets and your tool kits for member care. See also the April 2014 Update on Training Opportunities. A special thanks to so many of you for your words of encouragement and suggestions over the past seven years! We close with a few thoughts about building skill sets and tool kits as well as one of our favorite music videos for reflecting on the beauty and goodness of God. Enjoy!

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Global Mental Health as Mission–Overview and Opportunities: April 2016. In this Update we feature five core resources that we are sharing in our current trip to the West Coast USA. Our primary focus is on the emerging area of what we refer to as “global mental health as mission” (gmhM). Via presentations and special gatherings we are really enjoying interacting with colleagues, students, and faculty about gmhM. We are using global integration (GI) as a framework to guide our interactions. GI simply put is how we link our skills, values, and integrity on behalf of human wellbeing. This framework helps us as we  a) link our Geneva-based work with peoples’ mental health-member care interests and involvements internationally; and  b) consider together how to further shape the mental health and member care fields (consultation, advocacy, research, training–CART) in view of the major issues facing our globalizing world.

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83. Living in Integrity–Moral Wholeness for a Whole World: March 2016. This Update encourages us to live in integrity—consistent moral wholeness. It is based on the premise that personal transformation is crucial for social transformation. We include three resources to support us as we consider the cost, the character, and the courage needed to live in moral wholeness.

82. Strengthening Relationships: Friends and Foes, Fellowship and Factions, Fulfillment and Frustrations. February 2016This Update presents several resources for strengthening interpersonal relationships. Many of the featured books, such as God’s Design for CommunityReconcilable DifferencesMarried in Mission, and Love Across Latitudes are filled with practical suggestions and exercises to help build and restore relationships. We also include an important new book on the common identity of being both Christians and humans (Our Global Families). We finish with some personal reflections on the darker side of relationships—dysfunction and deviance—very difficult places where our usual interpersonal skill sets can have limited impact.

81. Global Integrators–Making Your Mark in Our Troubled World: January 2016.  This Update explores some of the characteristics and commitments of Global Integrators (GIs). GIs are colleagues of integrity who link their skills and values on behalf of the pressing issues facing humanity. We base the material on the 25 entries on GIs from our CORE Member Care weblog(January-December 2015). These entries reflect our best conceptual thinking, clearest directional sense, and deepest heart-felt yearnings to further equip colleagues around the world who can promote greater wellbeing for all people and the planet. We encourage you to take the time to carefully review the material below (three parts)and to discuss/apply it with others to your work in member care and other areas. We start the Update with the United Nations Year in Review 2015 (video report) and close with a “Global Call for Global Integrators.“
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80. Field Consultations: December 2015. This Update provides several resources for working with personnel in “field” settings. It includes a) an overview of how we set up and do field consults; b) materials which we have used in our recent member care trips (e.g., tools for assessment, personal growth, training, group discussion, articles); and some final thoughts on the central member care process of knowing well and caring well with integrity and skill. These resources collectively reflect four overlapping emphases in our current field consults: risk, resilience, relevance, and relationships.Note/update: Here are a few more items to include in the description about the field consultations that we do:
–Pre-field preparation regarding risks/safety, medical/health issues, including malarial prophylaxis etc. and visas
–Team preparation  if going as a team
–Access to a colleague(s) for consultation/supervision as needed, given the variety of issues that one can encounter
–Evaluating and debriefing following the consults (as needed on field as well as after the entire trip)
–Getting feedback from some of the people with whom one works

79. Resiliency Toolkit–Strengthening Ourselves and Others: November 2015. This Update focuses on developing resiliency. It provides practical resources to  promote well-being and effectiveness (WE) for workers in mission, aid, and development as well as for member care workers themselves. The resources include brief assessments and articles–core items in a versatile toolkit to strengthen yourself and others. Periodically we do special Updates that feature items to put in such a member care toolkit. Five past examples are archived HERE: 12/2009 Resiliency, 8/2010 Self-Care, 3/2012 Work-Life Balance, 1/2013 Cool Tools, and 10/2014 Creative Healing. We finish the Update with a reflection on resilience from Pearls and Perils of Good Practice (available now as an ebook) as well as one of our favorite resiliency songs, Ready for the Storm.
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78. Migrant Care–Hospitality for Humanity: October 2015This Update focuses on Migrant Care, with an emphasis on opening up our hearts of hospitality on behalf of the growing numbers of internationally and internally displaced people (forced displacement). We share a wealth of materials including video reports, technical documents, and perspectives in order to further orient and equip our colleagues in the member care and the church-mission/aid community. The relevance for member care in particular is seen in three areas of application: 1. Staying informed as global citizens about current and crucial issues facing humanity. 2. Better understanding the challenges of mission/aid workers who work with people in migration and in unstable settings. 3. Equipping ourselves as member caregivers and mission/aid personnel in order to directly work with migrant populations and related areas.
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77. Jesus Christ—The Lord of Member Care: September 2015This month we feature the main person in the Member Care field, Jesus Christ. We have lovingly referred to Him in our member care writings over the years by many different names: the Master Carer, the Good Practitioner, the Heart of Member Care, the Multilingual Messiah, the Pearl of Great Price, the Precious Pantocrator (The Almighty), and the Pierced-One. These names are actually titles of great honor and they are the focus of this Update: Jesus Christ the Lord of Member Care (a new title!), the One whom we all seek to know, love, and serve with all our being. We encourage you to use this Update for personal reflection and group discussion–and of course feel free to share it widely!
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76. New Resources for Senders: August 2015. This month we feature four new resources for sender care. We begin with two new books on developing comprehensive member care programs (Mind the Gaps and Healthy, Resilient, & Effective in Cross-Cultural Ministry) followed by a personal account on the dangers of unprepared mission service, misguided idealism, and abusive organizations/leaders (Runaway Radical). We also highlight The Core Humanitarian Standard, a crucial resource to inform our mission/aid and member care work. We finish with several thought-provoking excerpts on staff wellbeing and effectiveness from Stress and Trauma Handbook: Strategies for Flourishing in Demanding  Environments.
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75. Trauma: July 2015This month we focus on the staggering reality of trauma, its various sources, and the efforts to prevent and alleviate it. The featured resource is the recently released training module on Confronting the Global Burden of Trauma (online course, June 2015). Take the time, request the time etc. to go through this short course! We also include the edited handbook, Trauma and Resilience (2012) as well as a variety of trauma-relevant resources such as the Global Status Report on Violence Prevention (2014). We finish with three quotes from Transforming the World by 2030 (June 2015), a crucial synthesis document on sustainable development by the United Nations. Taken together, the resources in this Update offer important guidance to member care, mission-aid, and other colleagues who are committed to leveraging their competencies and character on behalf of our globalizing world.
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74. Peace in a Perilous Age: June 2015. This Update presents examples from the burgeoning resources that are available to help build, restore,  and maintain peace. The areas of conflict resolution and peace studies for instance, are increasingly being developed in graduate programs and emphasized in non-governmental organizations. Peace at so many levels of course (ranging from interpersonal to international), is far too often elusive, as evidenced by a) the over 125,00 personnel currently deployed in 16 UN peacekeeping operations (UN Peacekeeping Fact Sheet, 31 March 2015); and b) the estimated 70,000 direct conflict deaths per year (Global Burden of Armed Violence 2015).  We close with some reflections on our perilous age– “the age of egregious,” part of an extensive series of weblog entries which we have done on promoting ” truth and peace” at all levels of relationships
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73. Planet Middle East: Perspectives on a Precarious Region: May 2015. This Update is influenced by our recent work trips to the Middle East. It includes news reports on conflicts, martyrdom, supporting Christian workers, end times prophecy, and reconciliation. We begin and end the Update with two sobering quotes: the first on the “transforming security landscapes” in the world today from the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform and the second on the “widespread sense of precariousness in the world today” from the United Nations Development Program.
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72. 50+ Years of MC History: Our Foundations and Future: April 2015. This Update explores member care history, emphasizing several of the milestones over the past 50 years. Reviewing our past, including successes and failures (re-member care), is crucial to guide our current work and the future relevance of the member care field. Part One features a new article on member care history, The Missional Heart of Member Care (April 2015, IBMR). Part Two includes two thematic pieces (core historical excerpts) on a) member care friendships/consultations and b) member care and unreached peoples. We finish with a personal reflection on what lies ahead for the member care field.
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71. Voices and Videos: Lessons from the Humanitarian Trenches: March 2015. This Update focuses on stories. It delves into the experiences of people who are working and/or living primarily in humanitarian and development settings. Their written and video accounts are instructive and inspirational, revealing courageous people trying to make a difference in our needy world as forces for good. Part One includes stories about personnel in the United Nations and Part Two includes stories about people in civil society. You will find many similarities between their experiences and those of member care workers–hence helpful applications and lessons. We finish with some reflections on the importance of “thinking critically and acting competently” as we work across sectors.
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70. Core Commitments: Tough Times-Places-People: February 2015. This Update focuses on essential commitments needed to do member care well. They are intended for the diversity of member care workers and all those with member care responsibilities who are involved in the wellbeing and effectiveness of mission/aid personnel and their sending groups. The first set identifies seven directional commitments crucial for the future development of member care in our globalizing and troubled world (article in press). The second set lists 10 foundational commitments for good practice which primarily emphasize competencies and character qualities (Global Member Care, volume one). We begin this Update with the United Nations Year in Review 2014 video and finish this with a composite medley of quotes to help us act on our commitments.
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69.  Counting the Cost–Living with Integrity and Courage: January 2015. This month’s Update is a summons to act with integrity and courage in our lives–to support us as we “count the cost” of doing what is right and helping vulnerable people. The first set of resources features three thought-provoking items: a) a TEDx presentation by a humanitarian journalist on her experiences covering war and the courage of ordinary people; b) a compelling exegesis on Christ’s parable of the sheep and goats in Matthew 25; and c) the millennial homily by John Paul II honoring Christian martyrs in the 20th century. The second set of resources feature three items that point us towards the personal qualities needed to do member care and mission/aid well: a) the recent Global Integration webinar on healing/mental health in our violent world; b) the compilation of articles in b) Sorrow and Blood and c) Serving Jesus with Integrity. We finish this Update by taking the call for integrity and courage to the macro level: the final video lecture from Jeffery Sach’s online course on The Age of Sustainable Development (safeguarding the world’s future—people and the planet).
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68. LGBTQs–Perspectives: December 2014Lesbians, gays, bi-sexuals, trans-sexuals and queers (LGBTQs)–This month we review different perspectives on LGBTQs, noting that the various perspectives can stir up a wide and often polarizing range of reactions, from praise to confusion to skepticism to ire. The first set of resources highlight some perspectives from Christians on this subject, featuring the recent article by a cultural anthropologist and long-term mission consultant Sherwood Lingenfelter. The second set of resources are perspectives from the American Psychological Association, providing research-informed information on sexual orientation, gender orientation, and practice guidelines. We begin this Update with a link to the popular TedxWomen Talk, 50 Shades of Gay and finish with a few more perspectives from us along with Philip Yancey
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67. Sustainable Development–What You Need to Know: November 2014This month we take a look at the crucial area of sustainable development  The two main resources emphasized in this Update provide a quick overview and an in-depth orientation to sustainable development. Resource one is the proposed sustainable development goals (SDGs) from the United Nations (July 2014). Resource two is the a free online course on sustainable development from Columbia University’s Earth Institute (current). We finish with an invitation to participate in our two webinars on global integration, focusing on global member care and global mental health.
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66. Creative Tools for Healing: October 2014This month we share more tools that we have found to be particularly helpful for healing and personal growth. The five topics include tools for depression, trauma/violence, grief/loss, stress, and addictions.
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65. Global Relevance–New MC Course and Webinars: September 2014This month we continue the emphasis on developing good practice skills and relationships for global relevance.The first resource is the detailed syllabus for the new global member care course–12 lessons with core readings and videos. The second resource is the upcoming online gatherings for global integration-interactive training (webinars) for connecting and contributing on behalf off the pressing issues facing humanity.
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64. Character Counts: August 2014This month we hold up the mirror to check out our character as it relates to our motivations, relationships, and practices in member care and mission/aid. How accurate is what we see–and want to see? Recall that character along with competence and compassion are three core qualities needed for member care workers. Part One focuses on our personal character, emphasizing our capacity for self-deception plus what to do about it (five resources). Part Two focuses on leadership and organizational character and the importance for honesty, courage, and support in confronting hard issues (five resources). We conclude the Update with three current resources from the humanitarian sector that illustrate how critical and diverse feedback–sharing concerns and suggestions in an open atmosphere–is helping to improve the sector’s effectiveness.
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63. New Model for Global Member Care: July 2014. This month we explore the updated model for global member care, taken from Crossing Sectors for Serving Humanity (2013). Like its predecessor from Doing Member Care Well(2002), it is a practical “grid to guide and a guide to goad” as we live/work in our globalizing, needy world (i.e. “global integration”). We encourage you to use this model-grid as a tool to stimulate serious discussions and practical applications especially in terms of its emphasis on crossing sectors. Part one below summarizes the six spheres of good practice in the updated model. Part two presents six lessons learned from crossing sectors. We finish this Update with a brief reflection on the use of the term “global.”
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62. Revisiting Health and Dysfunction: June 2014This month we return to the crucial subject of promoting organizational health in mission/aid by dealing with dysfunction. Part one presents five “tasks” of dysfunction and part two lists 10 guidelines for handling dysfunction.The materials in this Update are based on Part Two of Global Member Care: The Pearls and Perils of Good Practice. We strongly recommend getting this book and reviewing Part Two in particular (Promoting Health in Mission/Aid) individually, as a group, and as an organization. See also Wise as Doves and Innocent as Serpents–a practical article on dysfunction/conflict management that is available in 12 languages on the Reality DOSE website.
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61. Doing Mental Health Well. May 2014This month we share several new resources on mental health, relevant for all of us–fellow humans everywhere. Part one provides links for self-help materials, short articles, and recent video presentations on mental health subjects. These resources are from/for the church-mission community. Part two highlights recent overview materials from global mental health (GMH) to help you quickly grasp the big picture of this important domain. GMH has so many opportunities for ministry by the church-mission community. especially in view of the estimated 450-700 million people in the world suffering from some type of mental condition. We finish with a brilliant, animated video on depression (four minutes), called I Had a Black Dog.
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60. Training Opportunities. April 2014This is the 60th issue of the monthly Update. So we are recalling the variety of issues over the past five years while also reflecting on future issues for member care in the context of global integration. One crucial area involves training for the diversity of member care workers, the subject of this Update…The first set of resources lists a few examples of programs offering graduate degrees or credit In member care. The second set of resources focuses on brief training and online modules in various subjects related to member care such as member care basics, counseling, coaching, and stress management. We begin this Update with a short video on adult learning and conclude by listing 10 Commitments for Member Care Workers. Pursuing training opportunities is really part of the commitment to lifelong learning–for developing resilience and relevance, and for growing deeply and broadly on behalf of our globalizing and needy world. See also the Tools/Training section of this site for more information and updates including the extensive WEA Training Directory.
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59. 100+ MC Books! March 2014: This month we share our latest list of member care materials to support good practice. The list spans 40 years and includes over 100 books! The first part gives a quick overview of materials, primarily books in English, organized into 10 areas (Getting Updated). The second part invites you to make adjustments and additions to this list to make it even more relevant (Staying Updated). We close this Update with some personal words on developing three essential qualities for good practice in member care: character, competencies, and compassion.
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58. Strategies for Crossing Sectors. February 2014: How do we practically connect and contribute across sectors In order to stay in touch with our globalizing world and to further develop our member care skills? The first resource links you to core suggestions for Charting Your Course through the Sectors (from chapter two in the new Global Member Care book). This chapter also updates the international member care model (five spheres, 2002, O’Donnell and Pollock) to help guide us into the next developmental phase of member care. The second resource provides suggestions for how you and your colleagues can effectively use the multi-sectoral materials in the new Global Member Care book (from the Application section on the Global MCA website). Crossing sectors is a crucial direction that supports and shapes good global practice in member care. It is also crucial for addressing many of the world’s serious challenges, highlighted in the opening, brief video below: The UN Year in Review 2013.
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57. Families and Singles. January 2014:This month we feature two new edited books on the wellbeing and effectiveness of families and singles in mission (Family Accountability in Missions and Single Mission). Each book includes over 30 authors from several countries who write primarily from perspectives within the Protestant mission sector. The variety of materials in these books are also helpful for colleagues from a variety of backgrounds—especially those who are open to faith-based motivations and values in mission/aid–as they provide and develop resources for staff care/development.

56. Global Member Care (volume 2). December 2013:
We are delighted to announce that Global Member Care (volume two): Crossing Sectors for Serving Humanity is now available! This volume pulls together our experience over the last several years in the international community (United Nations. World Health Organization, International NGOs etc.). It presents crucial resources, perspectives, and directions to support your work in member care and mission/aid. More information about the book, contents, and ordering it is below and on the Global MCA website (https://sites.google.com/site/globalmca/).
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55. Global Lifestyles. November 2013: This month we focus on some of the enriching and challenging experiences of living globally: i.e. living and working in different nations/cultures and keeping in touch with our globalising world. The resources include four recently published books: two books to help support people who live internationally (counselling the globally mobile and managing long-distance relationships); and two books with “memoirs” to learn from people who live internationally (being a global mom/family and dating long-distance via email). The Update concludes with two additional items for developing our “global competencies” (TEDTalk on understanding human diversity and web resources on educating global citizens).
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54. Living in Truth and Peace. October 2013: Living in truth and peace: what does it mean to you? Can we have one without the other? How do these ideas—or better, these values and practices—become increasingly part of our lifestyle and member care work? The first set of resources on truth includes brief quotes on truth for personal growth and a compelling book on self-deception. The second set of resources on peace includes short videos with personal perspectives about peace and a declaration on freedom of religion and conscience. So how are we living in truth and peace? Explore your answer via the resources in this Update.
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53. Mental Health and Psychosocial Support. September 2013: This month we present four recent resources for “mental health and psychosocial support” (MHPSS). The first set of MHPSS resources address staff care in the humanitarian/health sectors. The second set of MHPSS resources adress humanity care in emergency and post-emergency settings. We encourage you to download these publications, read them (at least the Executive Summaries) discuss them, and apply them.
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52. Healing Humanity. August 2013: This month we highlight four perspectives (resources) on healing some of humanity’s ills.  All four resources in this Update are 5-10 years old—chosen intentionally as a reminder that our current challenges as humans are ubiquitous and long-standing, involving both “problems without passports” and “problems without time clocks.” The first set of resources focuses on the influence of personal faith for helping humanity (Bono’s “Karma vs Grace” and Nicholas Kristof’s “Evangelicals that a Liberal Can Love”). The second set of resources focuses on the influence of international organizations in helping humanity (National Geographic’s “Hope in Hell” and Shashi Tharoor’s “The Good for Something United Nations”). We finish with a link to a weblog describing seven “bad examples” (well-intended but naïve) of humanitarian help. Check it out to see if you agree.

51. Global Integration. July 2013: This month we explore the emerging domain of global integration (GI) in order to especially support those with member care responsibility. We define global integration as our active and skillful involvement with global realities in light of our core values. For member care in mission/aid, GI is the way that we connect and contribute to help fellow humans and address some of the major issues facing humanity, motivated by our ethical and spiritual commitments. Resource Area One includes two overview materials that relate GI to member care and mental health. Resource Area Two includes two recent articles on globalization and its impact on Christianity and other major religions.

50. Making History Better. June 2013: This month marks the 50th Resource Update. It is a good time to celebrate and to reflect. We thus begin with two items that highlight many historical milestones in member care over the past several decades (resource area one). Next we include three items that help us to critically understand the history of humanitarian aid as well as global history in general (resource area two). The final section presents a challenging quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. about human progress, written from prison 50 years ago. We encourage us all to review and use these resources in our efforts to positively influence the course of history—to help make a better life for humans everywhere.

49. Faith-Based Perspectives. May 2013: This month we explore several materials that are relevant for the faith-based community with a primary emphasis, mostly positive, on Christians working in the overlapping mission/aid, humanitarian, and development sectors. Those of us with member care responsibility would do well to familiarize ourselves with these materials. The first set of materials include perspectives from guidelines and codes and the second set of materials present perspectives from articles and books. Rounding off the Update is a TED Talk by Rick Warren, addressing why he is whole-heartedly using his affluence and influence to serve humanity both as a fellow-human and as a Christian pastor (author of one of the all-time best-selling books, The Purpose Driven Life).

48. The World We Want. April 2013. This month we celebrate four years of Resource Updates by looking towards the future—The World We Want. The first set of resources includes three current papers to help us consider the future course for member care. The second set of resources likewise includes three items which help us to consider the future course for humanity care. This Update thus points towards our need in the member care field to be adequately informed about human affairs/human development in order to relevantly address the current and future challenges facing humanity.

47. Ordinary Heroes. March 2013 This month we focus on ordinary heroes, especially those whose ongoing, sacrificial and often unrecognised acts of goodness truly help others. Member care workers, and the mission/aid workers whom they support, and the people with whom mission/aid workers support, can often fit into this definition of ordinary hero. The first set of resources focus mostly on understanding ordinary heroism. The second set of resources focus on supporting ordinary heroes, emphasizing women whose lives are ransacked by exploitation, poverty, and degradation.
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46. Flourishing. February 2013 This month we are looking at flourishing for ourselves and others. Wellbeing, as described in positive psychology, is a key component of flourishing, and happiness is a key component of well-being. The first set of resources focuses on happiness and the second set of resources focuses on well-being—both from the perspectives of positive psychology. The Updateconcludes with a link to a video presentation on flourishing and its relevance for human development.  We are grateful for the work of Martin Seligman et al. and the field of positive psychology for their insights and tools.
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45. Cool Tools for Ourselves and Others. January 2013 The two sets of resources this month are examples of tools from the latest entries at our CORE-MC weblog. The first set are supportive tools for the common experiences of depression and grief (books and videos). The second set help you to review the important area of work-life balance (self-assessment inventories). Note: another example of the tools that you can access for free on our weblog is the updated version of the CHOPS Adjustment Inventory (28 December 2012) with new items pertaining to A4 workers.
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44. Finances/Friends and Money/Motivation. December 2012 This month we welcome Gaylyn Williams as the Guest Contributor. We are really grateful to Gaylyn for the many materials she has developed over the years ranging from books on managing stress to raising finances, and all presented in the context of Christian spiritual growth. This Update includes two sets of resources. The first set deals with raising funds in Christian ministry and the second set primarily looks at the motivation for money and other rewards in work.
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43. Doing Good Well. November 2012.This month we tap into our desire to do good together with others as well as when no one is watching. We feature two items that have inspired us in our member care work and encouraged us in our personal lives. The first is the book Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Non-Profits (revised 2012). The second is the music/dance video Trip the Light (2012). We finish with an equally impactful item on doing good— a short, sobering excerpt from Charle’s Dicken’s Christmas Carol, Marley’s Ghost (1843).
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42. Coaching in Mission/Aid Organizations. October 2012. This month we welcome Dr. Keith Webb as the Guest Contributor. Keith specializes in coaching (see his bio at the end). In this Update he shares two sets of resources that are especially useful for leaders and managers in mission/aid. The first set includes coaching materials from the nonprofit, business/personnel, and humanitarian sectors. The second set includes materials developed for faith-based (Christian) settings.
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41. Mental Health as Mission..September 2012: This issue highlights new opportunities for the member care field to expand its influence on behalf of humanity. It focuses on integrating mental health approaches into the work of member care, and beyond. We call it “mental health as mission” (mhM). The Update includes two sets of mhM resources each with a great introductory video. The first set lists five items for getting a broad overview of mental health globally. The second set lists five items to further equip workers in mental health. These resources can really help the member care field and the mission/aid sector as it further enters into the crucial area of MHM. Humanity is waiting! Note: Wondering about mhM’s relevance for member care and mission/aid? See the Final Thoughts section at the end of this Update.
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40. Serving Humanity. August 2012: This issue focuses on going macro in the service of humanity–mingling new and old approaches for member care in mission/aid. The first set of materials includes three resources from Member Care Associates. These materials can help us to stay current and competent in our work. The second set of materials includes three items from the international mental health field. As you review them you will quickly see many relevant  applications for your member care work. Note that a lot of the inspiration for this issue comes from the recent gathering of 5500 mental heath colleagues from over 100 countries in South Africa at the International Congress of Psychology: Psychology Serving Humanity. It was great to be there and to be exposed to a vast array or presentations and perspectives on psychology’s contributions around the world.
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39. Member Character. July 2012: This issue focuses on the development of character for all those in mission/aid, especially member care workers. We see character as the core qualities of a person.These qualities are consistent over time and also reflect one’s moral goodness. Character is shaped by our life experiences, including hardship and role models. We include two set of resources from a Christian Perspective and a Social Psychology Perspective, in order to stimulate your own character growth and to support you in your work. Here is the HTML version: http://eepurl.com/m5RSX
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38. Planet India. June 2012: The first set of resources present two books to orient you to member care in the Indian context: Member Care in India: Ministry Call to Home Call (2012) and Marriage Masala: 52 Spices for a Healthy Marriage (2004). The second set of resources highlight the work a large member care organization in India called Missionary Upholders Trust (MUT). There is a feature article form the Chennai-based magazine Christian Manager which overviews MUT’s history, values, and programs as well as a short summary of the recent national consultation on member care  by MUT in Bangalore. These are of course just a few of the many materials and organizations related to member care in India today. Here is the HTML version: http://eepurl.com/meUmr
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37. Global Letters for a Global Community. May 2012: This expanded issue of the Update consists of excerpts from Global Letters for a Global Community. The first part overviews some foundational perspectives that have positively affected the development of global member care (GMC). The second part identifies some current issues that have negatively affected the progress of GMC. Both parts emphasize the healing commitment to “truth and peace” in our relationships (Zech 8:19). This special issue, taken from eight of the latest CORE Member Care postings, launches us into the fourth year of the Updates. It is also sent as a special encouragement to the hundreds of participants that are meeting at the Member Care Conference in Bangalore, India (18-20 April) and at the Global Member Care Conference in Chiang Mai, Thailand (23-27 April). Here is the HTML version: http://eepurl.com/kX9j5

36. Confronting Corruption: Safeguards for Staff and Senders. April 2012. This expanded issue of the Update includes 10 essential resources to help us understand, prevent, and deal with corruption. We highlight key materials with representative quotes from the Christian community and the humanitarian/business sectors. One caveat to really take to heart: We are far more naïve about corruption—and our own capacity for self-deception—than we care to admit. Resources to deal with corruption are only as effective as the integrity and skill of the people who use them. We encourage us all to review these materials with colleagues and to apply them in our settings. Here is the HTML version: http://eepurl.com/kmHhn

35. Work-Life Balance. March 2012: This month we look at keeping our lives healthy and productive. The first set of resources (faith-based) is a new book on stress management with many tools and a related website. The second set of resources (humanitarian) lists self-assessment tools and a short relaxation video. Go ahead—take time for yourself! Review your health-related behaviors-and thinking to improve your work-life balance.

34. Working Together. February 2012: Our relationships with each other in mission/aid at all levels (from individuals to partnerships) require intentional, ongoing attention in order remain healthy and effective. This month we thus offer two more sets of resources to support our relationships, emphasizing growing together and partnering together.

33. Sexual Purity and Protection. January 2012: This month we take a close look at human sexuality—the healthy and unhealthy aspects of it. The first set of resources address sexual purity from a Christian perspective, including lust/addiction and intimate relationships. The second set of resources cover the protection of vulnerable people from sexual exploitation in humanitarian settings, an issue receiving serious attention the past 10 years.

32. Ethical Guidelines. December 2011: This month we review resources to strengthen the ethical practice of member care. The first set of resources is for sending groups as they support their staff and as they work in mission/aid settings. The second set of resources is for member care workers providing clinical-counseling care.

31. Human Rights and Persecution. November 2011: This month we focus on two sets of resources regarding the broad area of persecution. The first set deals with international instruments that provide foundational, consensual protection for human rights, including religious liberty. The second set pertains to international support for people of faith who experience human rights abuses, including local Christians in mission/aid and member care.

30. Physical Health–Preventing NCDs. October 2011: This month we focus on the prevention and control of NCDs—non-communicable diseases. Governments, civil society, and the private sector have been involved in an extensive process to deal with four of the main NCDs: cancer, cardio-vascular, chronic respiratory, and diabetes. The two sets of resources below from the UN and WHO can help prevent NCDs and encourage healthy lifestyles for our mission/aid staff!

29. Exploring Global MC-MH. September 2011: This month we connect further with global member care (GMC) and global mental health (GMH). The GMC resources highlight excerpts from Global Member Care (2011) and two upcoming MC conferences. The GMH resources feature an overview article and two MH guidelines in development-aid. Our focus is summarized in a new term, proglóbity. This term combines three words that reflect good member care practice: probity (virtue) and ability (competence) in view of global realities.

28. Hard Core Realities. August 2011: This month we take a bit of a divergent route in our resources. What is life really like for mission/aid workers? How do they describe it? How candid can and should people be about “hard core realities”—such as finding rest/relaxation in the midst of human misery, dealing as young women with multiple marriage proposals from locals, and exposing/preventing physical-sexual abuse in TCK settings? The two sets of resources below will inform, entertain, and perhaps at times disturb you.

27. Lessons in Military Care. July 2011: This month we explore member care in the armed forces. You will find many relevant applications for your work in mission/aid through the two sets of resources highlighted: 1) care for military families and 2) comprehensive soldier fitness-resiliency. The use of military force of course is a controversial area. We share these resources though to promote a healthier and more peaceful world.

26. Moral Competence. June 2011: This month we are looking at moral failure and moral success in the context of mission/aid. The first set of resources focuses on personal issues and the second set of resources focuses on organizational issues. Permeating both areas is the need for moral competence and moral courage among leaders.

25. Two-Year Index! (with links). May 2011: This month we are listing in chronological order the first two years of the Resource Updates. The list below reflects many of the diverse resources that have been featured. You will likely see items that you will want to review and also use in your work. Just click on the date of the Update to connect!

24. Mental Health for All. April 2011: This month we focus on two crucial and overlapping areas. First: mental health resources useful for counselors/therapists working with mission/aid workers. Second: mental health resources to better understand/help the millions of people who have mental, neurological, and substance use conditions.

23. Master Care. March 2011: This month we focus on spiritual health/growth for mission/aid workers: Master care (relationship with God). The two sets of resources are based mostly on Christian spirituality: 1) media items (e.g., Deovox—brief audio Bible studies) and 2) written items (e.g., Jesus Calling—brief devotionals).

22. Upgrading Staff Care. February 2011: This month we focus on staff care for sending organization,s providing a quick overview of important issues and current thinking. First we highlight five staff care articles in InterAction’s Monday Developments magazine and second we report on the staff care research by InterHealth/People In Aid.

21. Healing for Grief and Trauma. January 2011: This month we feature two resources. The first is a creative tool called Tear Soup, which can help people of all ages grieve well though their losses and transitions. The second is Recovering from Traumatic Stress, a short book describing many common symptoms and helps for traumatic stress.

20. Security Management. December 2010: The focus this month continues the theme of the June 2010 Update on safety/protection in mission/aid settings. The first resource is by the Humanitarian Practice Network on staff security (free new manual and webinar). The second resource highlights materials from Crisis Consulting International.

19. Doing Teams Well. November 2010: The focus this month is on strong teams. The first resource is a free online module to develop skills for team resiliency (a five-lesson, multi-media course). The second resource lists many key books/web links to help strengthen teams and teamwork.

18. Case Studies. October 2010: This month we feature resources involving case studies. The first set links you to five presentations (free audio and video). The presentations include three case studies in member care from the recent Caravan group’s training day in California. The training day focused on organizational perspectives for member care. The second set of resources briefly describes two books and links them to short previews. The books respectively include brief international cases in mission (18) and brief international cases in mental health (70 pages). Fascinating and instructive!

17. Readings Galore! September 2010: This month we feature two special items. First is Helping Missionaries Grow, a classic compilation of 50 articles, now available online in written and audio formats. So many of these materials are still so relevant–browse the Table of Contents and be sure to check out the audio links.  Second is  The Best 100 Books for Humanitarians, an online listing covering a wide range of topics and stories to better understand this diverse field. Have a look over this list and for sure you will find many fascinating and helpful reads. 

16. Assessment Tools for Self Care. August 2010: In this issue we focus on Assessment Tools for Self Care. How do we monitor our overall health as we work in member care? And how do we help support mission/aid workers as they monitor their own health? In this issue we highlight several assessment tools in different languages that can help. Two tools in particular are the new edition of Managing Stress on the Field (2009) and the new edition of the Professional Quality of Life Scale (2009).

15. Third Culture Kids and Cross-Cultural Kids. July 2010: In this issue we focus on two outstanding books. The first is a newly released book to support TCKs who are transitioning into university (The Global Nomad’s Guide to University Transitions). The second is the 2009 revision of a classic book on TCKs, which further develops our understanding of the various types of Cross-Cultural Kids, including TCKs. (Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds). Both of these books are “must-haves” for our member care libraries and practice!

14. Safety and Protection. June 2010: In this issue we include two sets of materials: safety issues for mission workers (links to a special audio report and a case study) and safety issues for humanitarian workers (links to a special magazine issue and a recent report on staff security). Keep in mind that there is considerable debate concerning how much risk is ethically acceptable when exposing mission/aid staff to dangerous settings. Also keep in mind that there are “reasons” for wanting to harm mission/aid staff in that they can be seen as posing risks to the established political/social order, religious truth/stability, and the objectives of warring factions. Finally, note that some of the main stressors for mission/aid workers also include   interpersonal conflict, organizational/management practices, and feeling helpless to meet major needs.

13. Human Resource Systems. May 2010: The focus in this issue is on a crucial area that significantly overlaps with our member care programs. We describe two tools to help sending organizations assess and develop the effectiveness of their “human resource systems.” The first tool is a checklist that briefly overviews 25 core components of a human resource system. The second tool is an assessment process to identify the characteristics and capacity of your organization’s human resource system. Both tools are like road maps to help us navigate how we support and manage our staff in light of our organizational objectives and commitment to staff well-being. They are comprehensive yet meant to encourage, not overwhelm!

12. Global Mental Health. April 2010: This month we focus on global mental health and its relevance for member care. We emphasize some of the main web-based resources from the World Health Organization (WHO). Two sets of resources are the a) multimedia overviews and b) the comprehensive reviews of the status of mental, neurological, and substance use disorders around the world. For more reflections on links between global mental health/member care, see the 20.03.2010 entry at www.COREmembercare.blogspot.com

11. Pornography and Addictions. March 2010: This month we focus on Pornography and Addictions. The first set of resources includes web-based materials for sexual struggles, including materials in different languages. The second set of resources describes a few books to help break the addictive cycle and promote healing and health. People do not need to be stuck!

10. Dealing with Disasters. February 2010: This month we focus on Dealing with Disasters. In the aftermath of yet another horrific natural calamity—the Haiti earthquake—how do we respond to help people, communities, and entire nations? The two areas of resources we offer: grids for rescue/relief operations and materials for providing psychosocial support.

9. International Issues and Resources. January 2010: This month we focus on two sets of International Resources. The first is a listing of sites exploring global issues, highlighting the online video review of 2009 from the United Nations. The second is a list of materials on culture and diversity in health care, featuring a short video on “street psychiatry” in India.

8. Resiliency. December 2009: This month we focus on Resiliency—the ability to deal with and grow through life’s challenges. It requires a combination of inner strength and social support.The first resource is a book exploring how workers can flourish in difficult settings. The second includes tools to assess areas related to resiliency.

7. Member Care Resources—Indonesia and Africa. November 2009: This month we focus on two special resources. The first includes links to member care materials in different languages, this month emphasizing the major language of Bahasa Indonesia. The second provides materials (written and DVD) on Christian counseling in an African context.

6. Personality Disorders, Connecting/Contributing to Member Care. October 2009: This month we focus on two special resources to support you in your work. The first provides a core list/links for materials on assessing and managing personality disorders. The second is a new online power point to help people connect/contribute to the international fields of member care and humanitarian aid.

5. Missionary Care (book) and Human Resource Management (books). September 2009: This month we focus on two special resources to support you in your work. The first is a classic member care book now available online for free: M Care (1992). The second lists some of the helpful books on assessing/promoting worker effectiveness from the Society for Human Resource Management.

4. Member Caravan (website) and Mistakes Were Made But Not By Me (book). August 2009: This month we focus on two resources to support you in your work. The first is a new member care web site for students in the health sciences and others in member care. The second is a fascinating book that explores self-deception—how it works, how it harms, and how it can be managed. (Mistakes Were Made But Not By Me).

3. People in Aid and WHO Mental Health. July 2009: This month we focus on two organizations with many helpful resources to support you in your work: People In Aid and the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Department of the World Health Organization.

2. Healthy Leadership. June 2009: We want to let you know about two helpful resources to help support you in your work. These resources focus on healthy leadership, with an emphasis on both grace and transparency. (audio/video devotional Named, Known, and Called and the book Transparency: How Leaders Create a Culture of Candor).

1. TCKs (radio interview) and Good Practice in Member Care (video lectures). May 2009: We want to let you know about two new audio-visual resources to help support you in your work. These resources are designed to encourage and equip us all and are now available online for free. They focus on third culture kids/expatriate families and good practice in mission/aid settings.(interview on World Radio Geneva and the Fuller Member Care Lectures)

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