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.
MEMBER CARE CENTERS IN NORTH AMERICA:
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.
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 Winston-Salem, North Carolina. 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.
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 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.
Life Impact Ministries offers centers around the world for retreat and renewal for missionaries and ministers. Their centers, which offer optional coaching services, are in Italy, Greece, Germany, Slovakia, the Middle East, Costa Rica, Wisconsin, Arizona, North Carolina, South Carolina, Idaho, Washington, and several locations in Oregon. They also ffer coaching services for those who need help in "being able to process challenges in a safe and constructive environment."
Shepherd's Heart Ministry has retreat centers in Colorado, Michigan, France, Israel, Mexico, and Southeast Asia. "Each retreat center is carefully designed to provide an environment of confidentiality, safety, and acceptance to allow Pastors, Ministry Leaders, and Missionaries to find healing and restoration in their personal lives, marriages, and ministries."