Member Care

Looking back before moving ahead

Sometimes we never realize the emotions bottled up inside of us during our time on the mission field. Difficult cultural transitions and language barriers can force us to step out of our comfort zone, and […]

Member Care

A RAFT to end well

Home assignments involve transitions and consequently they are often stressful. But before our first home assignment, we attended a two-week pre-home assignment workshop run by OMF International, which encouraged, inspired and helped us to prepare. […]

Member Care

A green coffee bean

How long does it take you to drink a cup of coffee? Some may leisurely sip their brew whilst chatting to a friend or reading a book, whereas others may down their cup in a […]

Member Care

Called, not driven

The contemporary world offers us many choices. And yet we suffer from overchoice. That is especially true on the mission field. There are so many things one could do, people who need the Gospel or […]

Member Care

The marriage mission

“Marriage is all about finding the partner of our dreams, a storybook wedding, and living happily ever after.” How do you feel about that statement? You’ve probably already discovered it isn’t true. And yet society continues to […]

Member Care

Effective member care

In the 1970s and ‘80s, when our family was living in Japan, member care was new. Many missionaries thought needing “outside help” was a sign of weakness, and a lack of faith and trust in […]

Member Care

It’s time to check the gauges when…

I have never been much of a mechanic, but my father taught me the importance of changing the oil and filter. Not paying attention to that simple instruction could lead to a potentially exorbitant expense. My […]

Member Care

The single missionary female

A friend once said, “I have an ambivalent relationship with my singleness. I don’t want it to define me and yet it does.” Although single missionaries comprise a significant portion of the missionary population, focus in […]

Member Care

Multi-generational ministry

Half a century ago a three-year-old boy said goodbye to his grandparents, relatives, and friends and boarded a ship with his three brothers for a two and a half week journey across the ocean, entering […]