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  • Member Care

What is member care?

Strictly speaking, member care covers everything that this platform is about – training, encouragement and support for fieldworkers in every stage of service, that is before, during and after their time on the field. It has been described (by the late Dave Pollock originally) as a Flow of Care covering these three phases – from recruitment, through on-field service to retirement, if you like. So, as you will appreciate, this encompasses a great deal!

If you are someone who is responsible for member care in your church or organisation, hopefully you will find resources here to help you.

However please note, it’s not all about what others provide for us. As fieldworkers we are also responsible to build our own support ‘eco-system’, laying hold of all the means that are available to us, as the diagram here shows.

All Nations International

All Nations is an international Christian missions training and sending organization committed to preparing Christians to share the gospel and establish churches in parts of the world where the name of Jesus Christ is little or not known. All Nations is focused on reaching the neglected – the least, the last and the lost.
More about All Nations International

Global Member Care Network

We connect you with resources, updates, links, training courses and people working in member care around the world.
More about Global Member Care Network

Harry Hoffman

Harry Hoffmann (Germany) is founder of several member care centers in China and Thailand, and coordinator of the Global Member Care Network. He has degrees in Chinese Studies, Theology & Leadership and Conflict Management.
More about Harry Hoffman

Ruth Van Reken

Ruth Van Reken is a second generation Third Culture Kid* (TCK) and mother of three adult TCKs. She is co-author of Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds, and author of Letters Never Sent. For more than thirty years (pre-covid!) Ruth traveled extensively speaking about issues related to the impact of global mobility on individuals, families, and societies. She is co-founder and past chairperson of Families in Global Transition.
More about Ruth Van Reken

A Life Overseas

A Cross-cultural Conversation
The blog collective ‘A Life Overseas’ provides that place of online connection for Christ-following missionaries and humanitarian aid workers living in foreign countries– from the past, present, or future.
More about A Life Overseas

Global Trellis

We Develop Great Commission Cross-Cultural Workers
Global Trellis helps cross-cultural workers flourish through ongoing equipping and development. You need a place for your soul to breathe, your head to be engaged, and your heart to stay tender. You found it. Welcome to Global Trellis.
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Rod and Ruthie Gilbert

Rod and Ruthie Gilbert share a lifetime of experiences and adventures in mission and family life over 44 years in Asia and the UK.
Rod and Ruthie have years of cross-cultural experience, primarily in India and Sri Lanka. They are now in the UK, over the last 7 years they have established KingsMill in Kent UK a 400 year old Homestead welcoming people of all nations and stages of life, with a purpose of re-discovering the ‘wide open spaces’ of God’s grace and glory!
More about Rod and Ruthie Gilbert

Jackie Scott

Jackie is a credentialed personal and leader development coach. She grew up in Pennsylvania, USA, was captivated by God at age 12; became an RN, got a BS in Bible, then a Masters in Leadership Studies. While in university she met Dan then headed to Bolivia, South America in 1986 to save the world. She had four kids instead! They moved to Central Asia in 1994 in leadership with a non-profit agency. She now works with individuals and groups in person and on-line. Author of Your Life is Re-markable.
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The vision of cccw.care is to create a global sharing platform of Chinese-language and English-language resources benefitting the member care of Chinese Cross-Cultural Workers worldwide. Effective use of these tools involves an awareness of the cultural background of the source, and wisdom to contextual for one’s own culture.
More about CCCW Care


Your Mission Is Our Mission
OSCAR is a UK based service providing information, advice and resources for all those interested or involved in cross-cultural mission. It’s a hub of opportunities, organisations, resources and event listings, as well as an online community. OSCAR, through its director Mike Frith, provides advice, training and consultancy to the mission community.
More about OSCAR

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