COUNSELING / DEBRIEFING / RETREATS
In the process of researching a variety of practical missions resources, we came across many organisations with member care resources for debriefing, counseling, and encouragement for missionaries. These are being made available on the website, but please note that these resources have not been screened prior to their inclusion here. Please use your own discernment as you prayerfully seek help from these organizations, and let us know if you find any to be particularly helpful or if you have any concerns about any organization included.
ORGANIZATIONS WITH CENTERS IN THE UNITED STATES:
Servant Care, committed to serving missionaries and those in ministry, has regional centers throughout the U.S. offering "purposeful, intentional, and deliberate encouragement, lovingly directed personal ministry, and rest for the mind, soul, and spirit." At their regional CARE homes, missionaries can receive counseling for a minimal fee.
Barnabas International in Rockford, Illinois, seeks to "edify, encourage, enrich and strengthen servants in ministry" by offering pastoral and clinical counseling to missionaries and their families and by offering debriefing and renewal retreats to missionaries and ministers. Their organisation also serves missionaries worldwide with workshops and seminars.
The Link Care Center in Fresno, California, offers a wide range of counseling services as well as a retreat house for a single or couple to spend up to two weeks. Their counseling center provides care for a range of issues from depression to marital distress to grief and loss to trauma to missionary preparation to re-entry to child behavior problems. Their Restoration and Personal Growth Program is a residential program (average stay of six weeks) for missionaries and ministers and their families who are going through a difficult time.
Located in Seminole, Florida, Comapss Ministries offers support and counsel for missionaries and their families at no charge. They provide a variety of services, including individual counseling, marital counseling, filial therapy, debriefing for individuals and families, MK coaching and mentoring, and counseling for children.
Godspeed Resources Connection offers counseling and re-entry debriefing for cross-cultural workers in their Columbia, South Carolina, offices and through video-conferencing.
He Restoreth Ministries offers missionaries a 2-bedroom apartment in southern Oregon for a family retreat with or without counseling. They also offer an opportunity for missionaries to email in with issues they're facing (marriage, family, interpersonal conflict, trauma, depression), and they offer internet and phone counseling.
Alongside offers 3-week long Renewal and Growth Retreats, "specifically designed to meet the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of pastors and missionaries who find themselves going through a difficult season of life and ministry," throughout the year at their retreat center near Richland, Michigan, with a combination of seminars, group sessions, and private sessions with counselors. They also offer 5-day marriage retreats and a 10-day program for healthcare professionals who are serving cross-culturally.
Heartstream Resources offers a residential counseling program for cross-cultural workers in Liverpool, Pennsylvania. They provide debriefing, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, individual counseling, and intensive support for those who are suffering exhaustion, depletion, depression, or other crisis as a result of ministry.
The Minnesota Renewal Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, provides "services in the areas of preparation, problem resolution, reconciliation, renewal, consultation and training" for missionaries and others.
Le Rucher East Coast USA is an association of individuals on the East Coast of the United States, who are certified debriefers in the Le Rucher model of missionary debriefing. They offer a 5-day debriefing retreat several times a year in Clarkesville, Georgia, as well as personal debriefing in various locations in Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.
Located near Lake Elsinore, California, Rancho de la Paz offers a place of rest for pastors, missionaries, and other Christian workers for a low cost. In addition to the six bedrooms they have available, there are three spaces for RVs.
Excelling Leaders offers debriefing retreats in various locations around the United States for small groups of 5-8 people. They also offer a personal 5-day debrief for couples, singles, and families.
Located in Northeastern North Carolina, The Haven aims to provide a place of rest and refreshment for missionaries who are seeking personal and spiritual renewal. Guests are welcome to stay for between two nights and two weeks, with or without counseling and debriefing, for a small donation to cover costs.
Shelter Pines, located near Colorado Springs, Colorado, offers a four-bedroom home for missionaries in need of rest and renewal. There is a small fee, but financial scholarships are available. They also offer debriefing and life coaching to those who desire it.
Located near Kalispell, Montana, Emmaus Encounter offers debriefing to missionaries who are going through a difficult time or are in transition. They also offer the option of virtual debriefing.
Located in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, Safe Place offers counseling and debriefing for missionaries as well as training on Trauma Informed Care and other issues. Counseling, debriefing, and some trainings are offered both in-person and online.
The Debrief and Renewal retreats offered by Mission Training International in Palmer Lake, CO, to adults, children and teens provide an opportunity to reflect on one's journey, gain perspective for the future, and process one's transition.
Located in Bend, Oregon, Keith Springs Lodge offers a pastor or missionary and their spouse "a place, a time, and an opportunity to rebuild their hopes, restore their vision, recapture their enthusiasm, and refresh their spirits."
Located in Iowa, Harbor of Refuge offers missionaries a place to retreat and renew for up to one week with the option of receiving debriefing or counselling while there. There is no charge for this, but donations are accepted.