GMCN Conference - Thailand 2012
Global Member Care Conference
Global Voices on Global Challenges
23-27 April 2012, Chiang Mai, Thailand
The first Global Member Care Network (GMCN) Conference with the theme, Global Voices on Global Challenges, was held in Chiang Mai from 23-27 April 2012. Between 350 and 370 from 35 to 40 nationalities attended the conference.
In his opening address Harry Hoffmann, coordinator of the Global Member Care Network, described Member Care through the Pyramid of Care – God, the central pole with the other care givers: the church, friends and family, professional counsellors/coaches and people helpers. He then further pointed out the fact that we as Member Care providers often do not only give Member Care to the mission community, but also to local people in the communities where we are involved. The challenge is to be effectively involved in both Pyramids of Care as well as train others, specifically in the local context, to form the same Pyramid of Care for themselves and others.
Each day of the conference focused on a different aspect of Member Care, namely:
• Status Quo of Member Care
• Continuing Spiritual Development
• Crisis & Catastrophes
• Relationships: Marriage, Family, Singles, TCKs
• Sending Churches & Mission Agencies
These aspects were emphasised through the devotions, plenaries and workshops.
In addition short Member Care reports with voices from different regions were given from:
• Asian and Pacific region
• Europe and North America
• Africa and Middle East
• Latin America
Twenty one workshops were presented in 4 sessions during the course of the week
Speakers and presenters included members of the GMCN and its Board, as well as different key specialists from many different nations.
The outcome of the conference could be seen on different levels:
1. Focussing on God and spending time in His presence – through worship and devotions.
2. Encouragement of individuals – spiritually and in terms of their Member Care involvement.
3. Stimulation of the further development of Regional Member Care Networks – throughout the conference groups from different regions met e.g. the Pacific region, Latin America. The outcome of these meetings was that either future gatherings and events were planned or the way ahead for regions or areas were discussed.
4. Formal and informal networking – small group discussion after the worship and devotion in the morning. Some groups also met around certain topics e.g. publication of material.
5. Positive feedback from participants about having another GMCN conference. This will be further discussed and planned by the Board.
The Global Member Care Network Board met several times during the week of the conference.
On Monday the members of the new Board and Executive Committee were elected or confirmed. Larrie Gardner and Pramila Rajendran had resigned (and Carlos Pinto had also stepped down but was unable to attend). They were thanked for the service and expertise over the past years. They will still be available as special consultants to the Board.
Five new members were welcomed to the Board: Dr. Roni Pruitt (training), Veronica Farias (representing Brazil), Siny Widmer (Media: Transworld Radio), Dr. Ravi David (representing India), and Carlos Espana (representing COMIBAM in Latin America). The other regional representations were confirmed by their regions for another term of 4 years.
Members of the New Board are as follows:
Harry Hoffmann (coordinator), Brent Linquist (USA), Marion Knell (Europe), Ravi David (India), Helen Macnaughtan (Pacific), Philip Chang (Malaysia), Keiko Doi (Japan), Marina Prins (MANI Africa), Veronica Farias (Brazil), Carlos Espana (COMIBAM), Belinda Ng (Family Life Cycle), Debbie Hawker (Crisis & Trauma), Siny Widmer (Media) and Roni Pruitt (Training).
The following Board members were elected onto the Executive Committee: Debbie Hawker, Belinda Ng, Marion Knell, Brent Linquist and Marina Prins with Harry Hoffmann as coordinator and chairperson.
During the closing session Harry Hoffmann challenged us to think new about Member Care according to Luke 5:37-38 (NIV): “And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins.”
One participant wrote: It was very meaningful and wonderful to spend a week with people who are so focussed on the same vision with the most important common factor – expanding and living Jesus’ last commandment on Earth.
The richness of the diversity of cultures, specialities, different regions and individuals contributed to this special conference – it was more than just a conference – it was a gathering in Fellowship and Oneness in Jesus Christ, our Lord and the impact is far beyond what we can now see or imagine. To God be the Glory!
Conference Resources and Uploads
Presentations & Plenaries:
- Opening Presentation: Status Quo of Member Care - Harry Hoffmann: download here
- Plenary: Eat, Pray, Love - Continuing spiritual development - Debbie Hawker download here
- Plenary: Suffering - Philip Chang download here
- Plenary: GROWING THROUGH CRISIS AND TRAUMA download here
- Plenary: A community of Grace - Marion Knell download here
- Plenary: Healthy Relationships: M* Children(MKs) - An Asian Voice - Belinda Ng download here
- Final plenary: new wine must be poured into new wineskins - Harry Hoffmann download here
- Spiritual direction: awareness, noticing and paying attention to God - Jocelyn Head (New Zealand) download here
- Global Servants: International humanitarian heroes- formation, effectiveness and care of cross-cultural workers - Lois Dodds & Laura Mae Gardner (USA) download here
- Third Culture Kid (TCK) well-being - the importance of monitoring and effective preparation for re-entry - Janine and John Barclay (Australia) download here
- Resilient cross-cultural living of single missionaries - Roni Pruitt (USA) download here
- Single Sexuality - Roni Pruitt (USA) download here
- Member care through coaching - Kevin Stebbings (UK/ China) download here
- Third Culture Kids – preparation and support - Marion Knell (UK) download here
- Spiritual retreats - Storm & Richard Hann (UK) download here
- The local church: An important partner in Member Care - Marina Prins (South Africa) download here
- SPIRITUAL WELLNESS: THE BEATITUDES & MENTAL HEALTH Doug Dickens, Prof of Pastoral Care & Counseling download here
- Leader’s care - Pramila Rajendran (India) download here
- Emotional Health and Psychological Assessment in the African Context download here
- The use of Biblical narrative in counselling - Larry Dinkins (USA). a) Stories and Counseling download here b) Healing Wounds of Trauma download here c) Paul Koehler Stories download here
- Africa: download here
- MC in Brazil - Challenges and Resources download here
Resources & Infos:
- Brenda Bosch: MISSIONARY SURVEY OUTCOMES & A NEW, PRACTICAL MEMBER CARE MANUAL download here
- Missionary Upholders Trust - India: download here
- Personal Accountability and Care Team: PACT, Rod&Ruthie Gilbert, Ross&Christine Paterson download here
Speakers and Presenters
John and Janine Barclay
John (an adult TCK) and Janine have 3 TCKs and have worked in education in Asia including at Hebron School. They are involved in TCK work for Interserve both internationally and in Australia. Currently based in India, they draw on their own family's experiences, and understanding gained through their work with TCKs and families, in their discussions about transitions.
Kevin Belcher is Chief Executive of InterHealth, a travel clinic (based in England) committed to the health and wellbeing of those making the world a better, fairer and healthier place. He is married to a GP and is the father of eight children. He has a long- term interest in the developing world, having travelled widely. His parents worked in Nepal for many years. He will be speaking on "Support wherever you are. Developing a global health support service using technology and local partners" InterHealth will be outlining how they are working in partnership with the Amani Counselling and Training Institute and local doctors in Nairobi to develop a holistic member care support for international and national staff, serving all over the world.
Philip Chang is a corporate consultant, drawing from more than 20 years’ experience in key management positions in the stockbroking and investment banking sectors. He is a Third Culture Kid and well-versed with cross-cultural ministries, having studied and worked abroad in the marketplace at different stages of his life.
Currently, he sits on the board of several private companies and non-profit organisations.
He is the Chairman of Interserve Malaysia, and serves as an associate of the WEA Mission Commission and member of the AEA Mission Commission. He is also a board member of the Global Member Care Network and the founder of the Oasis Member Care Network.
He has recently been appointed as Lausanne Movement’s International Deputy Director for South East Asia.
He has a passion for mobilising professionals and business people for cross-cultural missions and member care.
Dr. Douglas M. Dickens, W. Randall Lolley Chair of Pastoral Studies, Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling
Douglas M. Dickens joined the School of Divinity faculty in 2000. He teaches a variety of pastoral care and counseling courses, including Conflict Ministry in Church and Community, Pastoral Theology, Interpersonal Relationships, Pastoral Care to Persons in Crisis, and Family Systems Theory. As the W. Randall Lolley Chair of Pastoral Studies, Dr. Dickens developed the curriculum for the Pastoral Care and Counseling and Member Care for Missionaries concentration in the Doctor of Ministry degree program.
Prior to joining the faculty of the School of Divinity, Dr. Dickens served as Associate Professor of Pastoral Ministry at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. During his tenure at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, he was invited to teach courses in pastoral care and counseling in Russia. In 1997 Samara State Medical University named Dr. Dickens “Distinguished Professor of Medical Psychology.” He is a supervisor for the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., and he is a 1992 recipient of the Len Cedarleaf Award. Dr. Dickens serves on the Accreditation Committee of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education. A Fellow with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, he maintains a limited pastoral counseling practice. Additionally, Dr. Dickens is a board certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains and a member of the Scientific and Medical Network, an international organization committed to deepening understanding in the disciplines of science, medicine, and education.
Dr. Dickens is the author of two monographs, An Introduction to Christian Ministry and Pastoral Leadership. He is the editor of Clinical Supervision of the Medical Psychologist in Russia, and he has published several journal articles relating to pastoral care and pastoral psychology.
Dr. Dickens has been trained by the Interim Ministry Network and the Center for Congregational Health to serve as an intentional interim pastor.
Larry Dinkins came to Christ through Campus Crusade at the University of Oklahoma. After marrying Paula in 1978 they were accepted to OMF International for ministry in Thailand. In 1981 they started their church planting ministry with leprosy patients in Central Thailand. In 1987 they transitioned into a Bible teaching ministry at the Bangkok Bible College and Seminary where Larry served as Academic Dean and Dean of the Seminary. In 1995 finished classwork for a PhD at Biola University and they moved to North Thailand to start a TEE program. Larry acted as director of the newly formed Chiang Mai Theological Seminary in 2000 before the family evacuated Thailand in 2002 due to a diagnosis of cancer in Paula’s bone marrow. As a result Larry and Paula acted as mobilizers and recruiters for OMF in Southern California as well as the Midwest. Paula succumb to complications from her disease in March of 2011. Larry is now anticipating returning to Thailand for ministry in January of 2012.
Larry is involved in a number of Thai churches in the Los Angeles area. Larry teaches seminars on Walk Thru the Bible, Perspectives, prayer counseling and member care issues, as well as Buddhism. They have four children Andy (31), Tim (28), Amber (25) and Titus (24).
Dr. Lois Dodds
Dr. Lois Dodds has more than four decades of experience caring for cross-cultural workers. She and her late husband, Larry Dodds, M.D., served in SIL for 23 years, 13 in the Amazon and 7 in candidate selection and training. They taught worldwide for Azusa Pacific University for 20 years, in about 30 countries. They founded Heartstream Resources in 1992, offering Intensive Care Programs and Member Care Training courses, as well as consulting with agencies. Lois earned two masters degrees and a doctorate. She has published about 15 books and over 100 articles and poems. Her passion is the care of multicultural workers from around the globe, and human development in general. The three volume work with Dr. Laura Mae Gardner is an outcome of their decades of caring within WBT, SIL, APU, Heartstream and other organizations.
Dr. Laura Mae Gardner
Dr. Laura Mae Gardner broad cross-cultural experience includes visits to over 60 countries, service in approximately 40 countries, and 20 years in Mexico working on the Quiotepec Chinantec New Testament translation dedicated in 1983. Her senior leadership roles with Wycliffe and SIL include, coordinator of international counseling, international coordinator for member care, and international vice president for personnel. Gardner’s academic record includes a doctor of ministry in missions and counseling, a master of arts in counseling, bachelor of arts degrees in both psychology and religious education, and a three-year diploma in biblical studies. Her additional continuing education includes studies in leadership, change management, and trauma and crisis. In addition to her work with Wycliffe, Gardner provides leadership and consultation to various service organizations, including the boards of Mission Aviation Fellowship US and Mission Aviation Fellowship International, and the board of reference for Oasis Christian Counseling Center in Nairobi, Kenya. She is a Christian educator and conference speaker and has also served at Perspectives on World Missions course.
Ruthie and Rod Gilbert
Rod and Ruthie are Mission life coaches. They have served in many different roles in the Asian sub-continent and currently have children serving in different parts of the World in their turn. Authors of "Marriage Masala 52 spices for a healthy marriage" they have a real heart for membercare and seeing folk stay healthily functioning for longer.
Richard & Storm Hann
Richard and Storm have been the Wardens at Penhurst Retreat Centre (in England) since July 2004. This retreat centre has a special ministry to mission personnel and full-time Christian workers (see www.penhurst.org.uk). Richard and Storm oversee the running of the centre and recognise that the comfort and well-being of the guests is their first priority.
Phil Harper is an all-round critical incident manager, a specialist in dealing with humanitarian and faith based Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) and a senior law enforcement officer, trained to the highest operational standards as a Multi-Agency Gold Incident and Strategic Firearms Commander.
Decorated in 2010 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for 30 years services to policing, deployments as an International hostage negotiator on behalf of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and for charitable works in NGO crisis management.
A member of the United Kingdom negotiator cadre, deployed to hostile environments, working in multi-national government teams around the world. A member of the International Negotiator Working Group, having trained the Australian Federal Police and prior to the conference the German BKA in hostage negotiation.
A graduate of the International Kidnap and Extortion course, the National Crisis Negotiation, FBI Academy, Quantico and in Trauma Peer Response training. He has experience in over 300 domestic kidnap and critical incidents and has actively negotiated for over 250 hours. A current member of the negotiator response to the 2012 Olympic Planning Committee.
Dr Debbie Hawker
Dr Debbie Hawker and her husband David are clinical psychologists and missionaries. They have served short-term in many different countries. They are based in the UK, from where they seek to support missionaries and their families around the world. They offer assessments, training, debriefing, consultations, supervision, mentoring and retreats. Debbie has written many books, chapters and journal articles, including the manual, ‘Debriefing aid workers and missionaries: A comprehensive manual’, which is now in its eighth edition. She is on the board of the Global Member Care Network, and is a trustee for Penhurst Retreat Centre and for Xenos (a charity supporting the children of missionaries). She also provides training for many NGOs and the United Nations. She is a lecturer at All Nations Christian College. Debbie and David have a 4-year-old ‘Missionary Kid’, Jamie, who has taught them that theories don’t always work in practice!
Stephen & Jocelyn Head
Stephen and Jocelyn Head have been members of Wycliffe Bible Translators and the Summer Institute of Linguistics since December 1978, ministering in Papua New Guinea, Australia, and New Zealand. In April 2002 they were seconded from Wycliffe to begin Heartstream Resources. They have experience facilitating and speaking at retreats, mission conferences and seminars and workshops, both locally and internationally. Stephen and Jocelyn are also involved in mentoring and counselling leaders in Christian ministry. Stephen holds a Diploma in Theology, is trained as a pastoral counselor and as a consultant of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and DISC Behavioral instrument. Jocelyn is a trained Primary School and Special Education teacher. She holds a Diploma in Theology, has received training in Pastoral Care and is a Spiritual Director.
Polly Chan-Ho has helped to mobilize Asian mission organizations and churches to care for Asian TCKs for seven years. She is the TCK advisor for Chinese ministry in OMF International and HKACM .
Since 1998 involved in Member Care, Harry Hoffmann is the coordinator of the Global Member Care Network and founder of two member care centers in Asia, where he and his family reside since 1996. He is German, received a Masters in Chinese Studies from Free University of Berlin, likes to dream big and strategize accordingly.
Marion Knell has worked for many years with Global Connections in the UK. She previously worked with her husband Bryan for Arab World Ministries and they have 3 adult children and are now grandparents. Marion is the author of well-known books such as "Families on the Move" and "Burn-up or Splash-down". Marion is on the Leadership Team at Global Member Care Network, Leadership Team at Member Care Europe, and Chair of the Board at Redcliffe College, UK.
Dr. Bijoy Koshy
Dr Bijoy Koshy is a medical doctor who served in the Indian Army in that capacity for 13 years. He then left the Army in response to God’s call and served with Interserve in India for about 10 years. During this time he was on several boards in India, serving as Chair of India Missions association and on the Board of Evangelical Fellowship of India. He moved to Thailand in 2006 when he took up the responsibilities as Regional Director, Americas and the North Pacific for Interserve International.
His wife, Premi teaches in Chiang Mai International school. His daughter Anisha, age 25 years works in Payap University as a Christian Volunteer while his son, Rohan age 24 years works in India with a Christian Organisation, OASIS as their communication executive.
Brent Lindquist, Ph. D.
President of Link Care Center, USA, Licensed Psychologist
I have always been a tinkerer of sorts. Perhaps this came from an early gift of tinker toys! Regardless, I always have thought "Could this be done just a little bit different?" Or "What would it be like in the end if I thought about this issue in a different way instead?"
As an adult, wearing the label and license of a psychologist, I have spent over 30 years helping people in their healing journeys, looking at alternative behaviors and thoughts. I have also spent a lot of time as a cross-cultural consultant, trainer, and coach, helping people expand their ability to cross cultural boundaries effectively.
I also serve on the Board of Directors for the Evangelical Fellowship of Mission Agencies [EFMA], Avante Health Care Network [Fresno, CA], and on the Advisory Board and Editorial Boards of the Evangelism and Missions Information Service, Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. I frequently conduct training workshops and speak at professional conferences and events all over the world. In addition, I continue to write learning curriculum and produce an international radio program for Trans World Radio-Europe.
Since 2004 Elecah has been Programmes Director at Amani Counselling Cente and Training Institute in Nairobi. She is involved with training, counselling, supervision, and outreach (to communities, corporate clients and other institutions). During the last 5 years, Amani has been implementing 2 new projects: community leaders' response to recurrent trauma, and capacity-building for care-givers. In 2008 Elecah assisted coordination of counselling services for internally displaced persons affected by post-election violence. Since 1984 she has been involved with the Fellowship of Christian Unions (F.O.C.U.S) and Park Road Fellowship (PRF) whose goals include 'To help each other develop a Christian mind that controls life-style and thinking'. She offers workshops on various topics including handling loss and grief and trauma, and dealing with children. Her vision is : People living according to their full potential despite the challenges they face in their lives'.
As the child and grandchild of missionaries, since childhood Steve has attempted to understand why some flourish, while others wilt, faced with the same intercultural experience. This question has led Steve to study and teach concerning Intercultural Communication (Cultural Empathy) for over two decades and to obtain in 2002 an M.A. in the field at the University of New Mexico. The last decade Steve has dedicated himself to encourage further spiritual unity and biblical peace and harmony in missions in a world that is increasingly interconnected. Steve was born and finished high school in Chile. He went to California for college and served there as a youth pastor and then as a social worker. In 1988 Steve and his wife Kathryn (who was raised in the Amazon basin) went to Lima, Peru where they served for 11 years. Since 2002 Steve has served with Wycliffe's America's Area, teaching concerning Cultural Empathy and Spiritual Unity and Biblical Peace throughout Latin America in the growing Bible translation movement.
My full name is Anisa Moosa. I’m a Zambian and have been serving with YWAM for the past 18 years. I served as a missionary to Mozambique for 13 years before moving into the area of Member Care and Staff Development as Regional Coordinator in 2007. I am single and currently based in Lusaka, Zambia. I travel regularly to visit our YWAM missionaries in the 5 countries that represent the South Central Africa region of YWAM, these are Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Claudio has been involved in mission for 20 years in training, humanitarian aid and leadership development across Latin America, Africa and Europe. Orginally from Argentina, he has lived in the UK since 2000 with his wife, Miriam, and their 4 children. They have experienced the challenges and joys of settling and working in another culture. He now serves as an independent cross-cultural trainer and member care provider, assisting individuals, families, teams and agencies in many countries.
Belinda Ng (Singapore) is a missionary with SIM International. She served in Niger Republic from 1977 to 1989 with her husband Andrew in medical missions. They raised their two sons in Africa and came back to Singapore in December 1989. She was the Personnel Director in SIM East Asia for 16 years, taking care of Asian missionaries to South America, Africa and Asia. In 2002 she helped to set up the Third Culture Kids Care Fellowship, a charity to provide boarding facilities for missionary children. Since 2005, she represents SIM on the Board of Trustees of Asia Education Resource Consortium (AERC). A passionate advocate of missionary care, she continues to be an Associate of WEA Missions Commission on the board of Global Member Care Network.
Dot Palmer Fry
Dot Palmer Fry has worked as a psychotherapist for twenty years in London UK. She is an MK and has served on a number of Mission Boards. Her background in Primary Health Care as a nurse has been of use in her work with medical teams.
Mike and Dot continue to serve the missions community by running Retreats and Mediations in countries of service and recently worked in Kenya, Ecuador, Thailand and Cambodia.
Dot is a Trustee of Christian Distinctives through which she directly works with mission leadership applying the feedback provided by Aspire (an online questionnaire - see christiandistinctives.org).
They have three adult sons and live in London and Dorset., UK
Marina Prins is co-founder of Member Care Southern Africa. Together with Braam Willemse, both are also the authors of the book: Member Care for Missionaries: A Practical Guide for Senders that was published in 2002. Braam Willemse passed away due to cancer shortly before the book was finalised. The book is used as workshop material when member care workshops are presented. The book is based on thorough research, practical experience gained from the presentation of workshops at sending churches as well as the practical field experience of both authors who served as missionaries in Malaŵi for some years. In Africa she networks with MANI (Movement for African National Initiatives) and develops material where the need arises. Internationally Marina Prins is part of the Global Member Care Network of the Mission Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance.
Rhonda "Roni" Pruitt
Dr. Roni Pruitt has served in Member Care for 22 years. Out of her experience of missionary service for 15 years in Asia and Europe, flows a passion for missions and the care of missionaries who serve globally. Dual trained with a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies (candidate).
As Founder and Director of the first academic training program in Member Care, with programs in North America and Asia, she hope to bring academic excellence to the field of Member Care. Faculty of Columbia International University at the North America and German campus' for 14 years; teaching in the Master and Doctoral Program. Part of the coordination team that directs the annual North American conference for Missionary Care Providers titled "Mental Health & Missions".
How to enrich single servants has been one of her passions and points of research. Eleven years ago she began the first renewal program for single missionaries, "Single Vision International", which is held annually in Europe and Asia. She specializes in Cross-Cultural Psychology with a focus on Human Sexuality and Women's Issues.
Pramila Rajendran from India, worked with Operation Mobilisation for over 20 years in different mission and leadership capacities in India and overseas. She initiated the Membercare Network for Indian Missions and brought missionary care awareness over 10 plus years. Presently she is a staff on the WEA Mission Commission leadership team, on Global Membercare Task Force. Pramila has a bachelor degree in Anthroplogy and Criminology and Masters in Pastoral Theology and Counseling. She is married to Dr. K. Rajendran who also is on the staff of WEA MC as Associate Director. They have two adult TCK children; daughter Preeti, a Clinical Psychologist working as Senior Counselor at Woodstock School in Mussoorie and son Pradeep, a Freelancing Media consultant and Creative Writer.
Kevin Stebbings from London, England, has lived in Europe, Asia, and the USA. As a seminar leader and coach he specializes in time management, team diversity and cultural stress. Kevin trained as an engineer in the UK and graduated from the International Coaching Academy in Australia. He is a credentialed coach with the International Coach Federation and trains and mentors Christian coaches around the world with Creative Results Management. As a leadership coach, Kevin assists missionaries working in Asia and Europe. He has a passion to empower others to live effectively and impact their communities. He and his wife, Jennifer, live in China and provide coaching and training to cross-cultural leaders.