Resources

missionary resources

We’d love to share resources here for international workers, as we find them. Below you will find a growing list of organizations and aides which our team of writers and editors here at A Life Overseas have found helpful. This list will be updated throughout the year, and please feel free to add your own in the comment section, as well.

Counseling Resources

The Oaks  “To bring emotional support and psychological treatment to missionaries and workers at home but more importantly abroad in the field at little or no cost to the missionary, worker or mission organization.”

Barnabas International   “Our professionally trained staff provides counsel to missionaries, national Christian workers and their families abroad and here in the United States on matters of personal concern.”

ALOS contributor and Licensed Professional Counselor Kay Bruner offers online counseling at a reduced rate to overseas clients.  Kay resides in Dallas, TX.

International Therapist Directory  “This site provides an increasingly comprehensive online global listing of professional mental health therapists who are familiar with the TCK and international expatriate experiences.”  (Includes therapists who provide Skype and online counseling services.)

Broom Tree Refuge  (Mountain View, AR, USA)  Professional counselor on staff.  “The mission of The Broom Tree Refuge is to help bring healing, restoration, rest and direction to the Lord’s weary or hurting laborers.  Our desire is to minister to those in Christian ministry.  We seek to serve small groups, families and individuals.”

Cornerstone Counseling (Chiang Mai, Thailand)  “CCF primarily serves Christian workers throughout Asia as well as the people of Thailand. We provide confidential and professional counseling, consultation, and training from a Christian perspective for individuals, marriages, families, teams, and organizations.”

Tumaini (Nairobi, Kenya) “Our mission is
 to provide preventative and restorative
 mental health services and pastoral care in 
order to enhance missionary resilience and
 fruitfulness.”

Advance Global Coaching “Our AGC coaching team provides emotional and spiritual support for your important journey. We want you to be more effective and accomplish all God has for you. We have a team of professionally trained life coaches who work with individuals and couples via telephone or Skype.”

Marble Retreat (Colorado) “The mission of Marble Retreat is to help bring healing, hope and restoration to those in vocational Christian ministry and the Church at large through Christ-centered brief intensive counseling.”

Global Counseling Network is a team of counselors with professional training and international experience that care deeply about helping you right where you are. Our priority is for you to encounter a counselor who can balance the dignity and depravity of this world and move towards the often challenging work of healing. Through our website, intake specialists, and counselors, we hope to create a safe space for you.”

Re-entry and Debriefing Resources

Other names for debriefing include: home assignment, re-entry counseling, member care, and processing for repatriation.

Christian Training Center International at The Inn (Franklin, North Carolina, USA)

Life Impact (various locations around the world)

Link Care Center (various locations around the world)

Mission Training International (Palmer Lake, Colorado, USA)

Missionary Health Institute (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Safe Place “Safe Place provides guidance, counsel and care to those who serve in Christian ministry of any definition. We offer counsel in the field for acute crisis situations, as well as training and well-person visits to the field and in the United States in an in-home setting in rural PA.”

The Rest Initiative (Maitland, Florida, USA)

TEAM (various locations around the world)

Thrive, empowering global women (various locations around the world)

TRAIN International (Joplin, Missouri, USA)

The Well Member Care Center (Chiang Mai, Thailand)

 

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Member Care Radio

Expatriate Connection

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In the comments section below, please share additional links and recommendations to resources in the area of counseling, debriefing, repatriation or re-entry, member care, processing for home assignment, or other related needs.  We would love to build a comprehensive list of resources around the globe. You can also check out our recommended reading list for overseas workers here.

  • From a comment on another post, here are some additional international counseling centers recommended by a reader. Cornerstone Counseling (Chiang Mai, Thailand) http://www.ccfthailand.org and Tumaini (Nairobi, Kenya) http://tumainicounselling.net.

    NOTE: It’s always wise to interview any counselor you’re considering. You should feel SAFE, COMFORTABLE, and RESPECTED in any counseling situation. You always have the right to understand and approve of any counseling techniques. You have the right to discontinue counseling at any time, for any reason. Counseling is FOR YOU. It should work FOR YOU. Even if counseling services are offered to you at a deep discount or for free, you should always, always be satisfied with the service you are receiving. If you are not satisfied, if you do not feel safe, comfortable, and respected, LEAVE and seek services that are appropriate for you. You should receive a “Client’s Bill of Rights” when you begin therapy. Retain a copy of that statement, and review it if you have questions during the course of therapy. In the event of malpractice, you have the right to file a complaint against an incompetent therapist with their particular licensing board.

  • Bethann Miller

    My husband and I are passionate about member care. We lived and served together in Africa and understand the various dynamics serving in missions can bring. We provide in home care and debriefing.
    http://www.findasafeplace.org

  • Sherri Dodd

    Thank you for your awesomely relevant blogs! As the founder and director of Advance Global Coaching, I care about missionaries having the emotional and spiritual support they need to thrive, not just survive. At AGC we have a team of professionally trained life coaches who work with individuals and couples via telephone or Skype. Check us out at http://www.AdvanceGlobalCoaching.com. We would love to be added to your resource page if possible. Who should I contact about that?

    • Hi Sherri, you found the right guy. 🙂 I’ll be glad to add your website to our resource page. Thanks!

  • Lauren

    I would love to find some good resources on taxes and financial planning for missionaries. It’s so nuanced from self employment taxes to foreign income exclusion and 403bs that even as we try to be as wise as possible…we haven’t found any good people or resources to clear up the water for us. Any practical tips in this area would be great!

    • Hi Lauren. Thanks for the suggestion. We’ll see what we can come up with. In fact, just today we had an email from a couple who is are tax experts who mainly works with missionaries. I told them about this comment so maybe they will comment here.

    • Ray Drew

      Hi Lauren (and others).

      As Andy mentioned, we are tax preparers serving ministers and missionaries around the world. We have clients in countries around the globe from Albania to Zimbabwe.

      We do NOT prepare foreign income tax returns however we DO prepare US income tax returns for individuals and businesses. I have copied my email to Andy below….so you can see the spontaneity and responsiveness of the Lord as He directs you and us to accomplish His work and service.

      Feel free to visit our website at http://www.rletax.com for a small glimpse (website isn’t fully developed at this time) of our work.

      You and any others who have interest in finding a qualified tax preparer can email us directly at info@rletax.com with more specific questions and detailed responses.

      We are also on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/1410147055883343/

      THE EMAIL:
      > Hi.

      > My name is Ray Drew. I saw you on FB through a like
      from a friend who is a missionary.

      > My wife and I have an income tax preparation
      business that we operate from our home. The bulk of our clients are
      missionaries living abroad. Most are sent through the Assemblies if God.

      > We are familiar with the tax scenarios that
      expatriates face including the foreign earned income exclusion, clergy housing
      and self employment.

      > We would like to know more about options for possibly
      contributing articles, advertising and being involved in similar aspects to
      serve your followers.

      > Please let us know if this is of interest.

      > Thanks,

      > Ray and Linda Drew.