For Missionaries


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ARTICLES – GENERAL
MISSIONARY CARE:
Resource Links
Articles
Books
Online Magazines
Blogs
MISSIONARY KIDS
SUPPORT RAISING
PRAYER SUPPORT RAISING
CONFLICT RESOLUTION
FURLOUGH
RETREAT MINISTRIES
CONTINUING EDUCATION
COMMUNICATING EFFECTIVELY
BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES
TECHNOLOGY
BUILD YOUR OWN WEB SITE

GOING OVERSEAS:
– General
– Global Cell Phone Solution
– Insurance
– Shipping
– Appliances for Overseas
– Packing
– Country Information
– Traveler’s Health Advisory
– Travel Info – U.S. Gov’t
– CIA World Factbook
– Language Translators
– Passports
– VISA Info on Each Country
– Currency Conversion Service
– World Time Zones
– Atomic Clock Service

[See also: Resources for Christian Missionaries]
[See also: Resources for Families, Children of Missionaries, etc.]


ARTICLES – GENERAL


LEADERSHIP THAT LASTS: JOURNEYS TO SIGNIFICANCE by Neil Cole
An examination of Paul’s improving missionary advancement

SEVEN HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE MISSIONARIES by Jim & Carol Plueddemann
Here are seven vision-driven development points to move missionaries to reflect, plan and be highly effective in their lives and ministries.

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MISSIONARY CARE:




RESOURCE LINKS

GLOBAL MEMBER CARE
A valuable clearinghouse for world-wide missionary care resources

SHARPENING YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS WORKSHOP

50+ SUGGESTIONS FOR A MEMBER CARE LIBRARY


ARTICLES

WHAT MISSIONARIES OUGHT TO KNOW (SERIES)
Brochures in this series contain general information about various topics related to mental health and missionary care. These brochures are all titled, “What Missionaries Ought to Know about ______,” and each one contains information on topics ranging from adolescence to guilt to trauma.

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BOOKS

DOING MEMBER CARE WELL by Kelly O’Donnell
“This book delivers what it promises! Here are 50 chapters from the widest selection of writers in the member care field to date… [that] take member care beyond its usual boundaries.” — Brent Lindquist, President, Link Care Center
NOTE: For a pdf (a very large file/slow download) of this book go to the following page, scroll down to Doing Member Care Well and click on the icon: http://www.wearesources.org/publications.aspx

THE OVERLOAD SYNDROME by Richard Swenson
Where does overload come from? What does it look like? What will it lead to? jost importantly, what can you do about it? The Overload Syndrome examines these questions and offers prescriptions to counteract its effects and restore time to rest and space to heal.

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ONLINE MAGAZINES

ENCOURAGEMENT (monthly) by Barnabas International

THRIVE
(bi-monthly)
This bi-monthly, written by North American women who are or who have been serving cross-culturally, provides stories and articles by women who know the difficulties of adjusting to a new culture, stumbling over a new language, finding a place in ministry, and setting up house with sometimes unusual furniture and amenities! Filled with practical tips, medical advice, personal stories, recipes and more


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BLOGS

CORE MEMBER CARE by Dr’s Kelly & Michelle O’Donnell

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MISSIONARY KIDS: click here


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PRAYER SUPPORT RAISING



HOW WE STARTED A PRAYER NETWORK OF 400 PEOPLE IN SIX MONTHS

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SUPPORT: see SUPPORT RAISING


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CONFLICT RESOLUTION



BOOKS

CROSS-CULTURAL CONFLICT: BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS FOR EFFECTIVE MINISTRY
This is a book not just of theory but of practical models of conflict resolution. Pastors, evangelists, businesspeople, missionaries, students–anyone who wants to communicate more effectively with neighbors and colleagues–will find this book immensely helpful.


WORKSHOPS

SHARPENING YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
This unparalleled four and a half day training from International Training Partners covers the following topics:
– Loving Listening
– Drawing people out
– Helping Others Solve Problems
– Confronting
– Receiving Confrontation
– Managing our Conflicts
– Helping Others Manage Conflicts
– Building Personal Trust
– Living in Community
– Helping Others Grieve Well
– Being an Encourager
– The Battle for Moral Purity
– Managing Stress
– Maintaining Margin

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FURLOUGH



ARTICLES

MAXIMIZING MISSIONARY FURLOUGHS
A helpful article focused on how missionaries can help churches and how churches can help missionaries.

MAKING HOME FURLOUGHS EASIER by Mariana Nesbitt
Home assignment is a difficult time and gets more difficult as the time goes by when one has spent more of one’s adult life on the field than at “home”. Here are some suggestions from one missionary for making it easier: …

HOME ASSIGNMENT BLUES
Dreading home assignment and the expectations of others? Stressed out from what this means for your family at a time when you need rest from ministry? Read practical suggestions for how to relate to the close people in our lives during this important time in “Home Assignment Blues” from the web site of Caring for Others.

SECRET SCRIBBLINGS OF A MISSIONARY ON FURLOUGH (Humor) by Howard Culbertson
What follows was discovered in the belongings of a missionary who had to be carried off mumbling incoherently in a strait jacket in the eleventh month of his home assignment or furlough year.

REDIFINING FURLOUGHS by Missiomishmash (blog)
Not long ago a small newsletter published an article recommending that the length and frequency of missionary furloughs be reevaluated, specifically the 4-to-1 year field/furlough ratio which has become the standard practice and assumed right of North American missionaries. While I agree wholeheartedly with the discussion, I disagreed with the article’s comparison of furlough to “paid vacation” and “absence from duty.”

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RETREAT MINISTRIES


RETREATS WITH COUNSELING (missionfinder.org)

RETREATS WITHOUT COUNSELING (missionfinder.org)

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CONTINUING EDUCATION



OVERSEAS MINISTRIES STUDY CENTER

The Overseas Ministries Study Center seeks to strengthen the Christian world mission by providing residential programs for the renewal of missionaries and international church leaders, advancement of mission scholarship through research and publication, and continuing education in cross-cultural Christian ministries.

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BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES



AQUACULTURE INTERNATIONAL, INC.

A non-profit organization dedicated to the economically sound, environmentally compatible growth of the aquaculture industry through education and consultation. The organization is involved in the establishment on several practical and innovative demonstration facilities which are economically feasible and can be replicated by farmers, missionaries and other interested individuals.

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COMMUNICATING EFFECTIVELY




ARTICLES

MISSIONARY COMMUNICATIONS by Ellen Livingood (Catalyst Services )
If it is essential to keep churches and individual donors informed about field ministry in order to maintain effective prayer and involvement, then top-quality missionary communication is a non-negotiable. This issue of Postings offers numerous suggestions not only for field workers but also for churches and agencies to improve the level of high-impact correspondence.
(Note: for additional postings from Catalyst Services click here.)

EMAIL PRAYER AND NEWSLETTER GUIDELINES by Jonathon Kanner

COMPULSIVE OBSESSION WITH DETAILS WILL SAVE YOUR NECK WHEN GIVING PRESENTATIONS by Pamela Slim
Great bullet points on making sure you are ready for: presentations and slideshows, when traveling out of town by plane to an event, teleclasses or radio show interviews involving outside guests, webinars or web-based training.

FIFTY WAYS TO EXPRESS GRATITUDE TO PARTNERS IN THE MINISTRY by Ken Williams, Ph.D.

See also: PRAYER LETTER SERVICES

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TECHNOLOGY




Clicking here will take you to: TECHNOLOGY & MISSIONS (in a new browser window)

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BUILD YOUR OWN WEB SITE

MINISTRY HOME
Hundreds of missionaries have utilized Ministry Home as they choice for building their own ministry web site. Keep family, friends, pray-ers and supporters informed with a blog, photo albums, document uploads (Word, pdf’s, etc.) links to videos, archives of your newsletter, etc.. Also, Ministry Home comes with a Gift Card service, so your supporters can order a wide range of the jost common gift cards available today – with a percentage of the sales benefiting your ministry!

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GOING OVERSEAS



GENERAL

TRAVEL WELL
Formerly titled Survival of the FittestTravel Well addresses all areas of missionary health–emotional, spiritual, and physical.

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GLOBAL CELL PHONE

GLOBAL CELL PHONE SOLUTION
Brigada Today listed this great service on 8.25.08. There may be other services similar to this, or will be in the future. Watch for comments on this site.

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INSURANCE

eGLOBALHEALTH.COM

eINTERNATIONALHEALTH.COM

INSURANCE FOR MISSIONS by Mission Finder

MISSIONARYHEALTH.NET

SERVING ABROAD

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SHIPPING

WORLD CHRISTIAN RESOURCE DIRECTORY LINKS

POSTAGE RATE CALCULATOR (US & INTERNATIONAL RATES)

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APPLIANCES FOR OVERSEAS
www.missionresources.com/appliances.html

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PACKING

COOL TOOLS FOR TRAVEL & MISSION (Brigada Brigade)

MEDICAL MISSION PACKING LIST

POSSIBLE PACKING LIST FOR OVERSEAS MISSION TRIPS (urbana.org)

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COUNTRY INFORMATION:
http://www.travel.state.gov/

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TRAVELER’S HEALTH ADVISORY
www.cdc.gov/travel/

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TRAVEL INFORMATION FROM THE U.S. GOV’T
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html

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CIA WORLD FACTBOOK
http://www.odci.gov/

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LANGUAGE TRANSLATORS:
http://www.world.altavista.com/
http://www.freetranslation.com/

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PASSPORTS
Basic Information About
Application for

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VISA INFO ON EACH COUNTRY
http://travel.state.gov/foreignentryreqs.html

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CURRENCY CONVERSION SERVICE
www.xe.com/ucc/full.shtml

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WORLD TIME ZONES
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/

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ATOMIC CLOCK SERVICE
www.worldtimeserver.com/current_time_in_RU-BEL.aspx

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