“I’ve been meaning to ask you just exactly what is it that you and Brian do,” my friend offered during a recent coffee shop conversation. I smiled and replied, “Well let me tell you…”
On a frosty afternoon warmed by friendship and a steaming cup it felt good to talk about our line of work. We are pastors to missionaries, serving on the Member Care Team of ReachGlobal, the mission arm of the Evangelical Free Church of America.
The Member Care Team:
- Has been established to oversee and coordinate the ongoing care of our global missionary family.
- The care is focused on the well-being of our missionaries, providing a ministry of presence; and as such, is preventive in nature, as well as responsive to needs.
- The desire is to have contented and effective missionaries carrying out ReachGlobal’s mission statement through the development of a nurturing environment, provision of personal care, policy care, personnel care, peer care, pastoral care, and when needed, professional care.
In short, we love and care for missionaries.
We travel to their homes – primarily in eastern Europe and MENA – visit their places of ministry, spend time with their families, cry with them, laugh with them, listen to them and love them. A ministry of presence in person. And, a ministry of presence through Skype, emails, Zoom, What’s App, and more.
And, on the Minnesota end we assist in training missionaries before they reach their places of ministry. And, debrief them during, and at the end, of their terms of ministry.
We comfort, console, advise, and respond. Care, responsive in nature. At times we challenge, warn, and caution. The care of prevention.
Missionaries are just like you and me. Life concerns. Elderly parents. Children. Concerns with the added elements of a foreign culture and a foreign language. Disagreements. Human nature. Needing care.
There we are. Providing care.
Our moniker, or brand. ShelteringHaven. Our desire. Sheltering. Providing a haven of love and care in the name of Jesus for our missionaries.