COUNSELING / DEBRIEFING / RETREATS
In the process of researching a variety of practical missions resources, we came across many websites with member care resources for debriefing, counseling, and encouragement for missionaries. These are being made available on the website, but please note that the majority of these resources have not been extensively 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 is an evangelical Christian ministry committed to serving missionaries and those in ministry. They have regional centers throughout the U.S. where missionaries can receive counseling for minimal cost.
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: a two-day debriefing for adults and children, a ten-session filial therapy training course for parents, counseling for adults and children, and marital counseling.
Godspeed Resources Connection offers counseling and re-entry debriefing for cross-cultural workers in their Columbia, South Carolina, offices and through video-conferencing.
New Song Christian Counseling, located near Atlanta, Georgia, offers debriefing and counseling for missionaries. Accommodation is available as well, or counseling can be done by Skype for those not in the area.
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 offer internet and phone counseling.
Alongside offers 2- and 3-week long 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." Their Renewal and Growth Retreats are available throughout the year at their retreat center near Richland, Michigan, with a combination of seminars, group sessions, and private sessions with counselors.
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 Leadership Center offers inexpensive retreats of rest and renewal for couples in ministry in Wolfboro, New Hampshire. Their website also has lists of recommended books and websites.
The Minnesota Renewal Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, provides "services in the areas of preparation, problem resolution, reconciliation, renewal, consultation and training" for missionaries.
The Narramore Christian Foundation in Pasadena, California, serves missionaries through counseling, debriefing, retreats and seminars. Their website also has a list of nine staff associates located around the world, and they provide on-line counseling for those who cannot get to their offices in California.
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 Marietta, Georgia; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Resilient Missionary is a ministry in Wilmore, Kentucky, offering marriage and family counseling, one-on-one debriefing retreats, and marriage enrichment workshops to missionaries. Their website also has a blog and webinars.
Missionary Resources Connection of North Carolina offers 5-day debriefing retreats in Clarkesvile, Georgia for individuals and couples to "bring health, resilience, and new vision, so that individuals flourish in the environment in which they serve. They also provide individual debriefing to those who are unable to attend a scheduled retreat.
Sanctuary Inn, located in Mount Hood Village, Oregon, is a place where "weary missionaries and ministry travelers can find rest, recovery, and restoration so they, in turn, can give back once again with power and strength of service in God's Kingdom around the world."
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 for a small donation to cover costs.
Shelter Pines, located near Colorado Springs, Colorado, offers an apartment that sleeps up to five to 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.
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.