• 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.

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. Their team of writers have logged years of overseas experience, and want to create an online space where expats of many nations come together to interact, encourage, and find a community that ‘gets it’. You’ll find honest conversation about the role and realities of international missions, practical advice from others on the foreign field, and faith-based inspiration for the days when you’d just rather go home.
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Global Trellis

We Develop Great Commission Cross-Cultural Workers
Life on the field is stressful and too often cross-cultural workers are under-resourced for the realities they face. 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. Use the following code to gain a 50% discount on Global Trellis workshops: fieldpartner
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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 was Principal of schools in India and in Sri Lanka and together they have mentored, coached and encouraged hundreds of people in their desire to live well and discover ‘Life in all it’s fullness’ ( John 10:10). They built Scripture Union’s Cornerstone House Family Life Center and Avalanche Adventure center in South India and developed ‘Marriage Masala’ - 52 spices for a healthy marriage. They brought up their 5 children in India and now have 12 lively grandchildren! Ruthie was brought up in Kenya, has Jewish roots is a trained counselor and motivational speaker. Together they worked at Bethany Ministries in Hong Kong and they continue to train and teach across Asia. 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!
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Jackie Scott


Jackie is a credentialed personal and leader development coach. Jacqueline 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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CCCW Care


The vision of cccw.care is to create a global sharing platform of Chinese-language resources benefitting the member care of Chinese Cross-Cultural Workers worldwide. Member Care is the ongoing preparation, equipping and empowering of cross-cultural workers for effective and sustainable life, ministry and work. Resources are curated from global sources, making this a truly cross-cultural endeavor to care across cultures. Some materials are translated to Chinese and others are developed in native language. Effective use of these tools involves an awareness of the cultural background of the source, and wisdom to contextual for one’s own culture. This online resource toolbox is meant to be used in community. As individuals and teams share and discuss materials together, this fosters a common language to spur more mutual care and better teamwork.
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OSCAR

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.
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