We have some good news!
Dear Field Missionaries and WHQ Team,
It is with great joy that I announce to you the formation of a Member Care Team. It is the beginning of a long awaited desire to better provide for your needs individually and as a family. The newly formed team consists of Frank and Deborah Barnes- Directors of Global Prayer, Chris and Sheila Conley- Directors of Short-term Missions, Victor Barousse- International Mobilizer and Team Chapel Coordinator, Kathie Barousse- Member Care Minister, Janet Meyers- Special Events Greetings and myself.
The Barnes and Kathie are the only one serving full-time right now. Below you can read a little about Kathie and the important role that she will play. We are working to increase prayer coverage for you, individual care in times of grief, high stress or crisis and to provide resources to help make your life and witness stronger and more enjoyable.
Each month you will be receiving a newsletter from Member Care with updates and informative articles to keep you posted of our progress, as well as tools to help you grow stronger. Included will be a short exhortation and tool to help you in your Partner and Support Raising.
You are the reason we do what we do. It is our passion to love you, serve you and to provide the support needed for you to do what you do with excellence and in spiritual, emotional and physical health. I pray the Lord continue to increase this team and their mantles to fulfill His desire and plans for each one as they serve the Lord and you.
We wish you a Merry Christmas as you celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and love on your families. Please let us know if you need anything during this holiday season.
Executive Vice President of Global Ministries
Kathie is a native Minnesotan who met her Louisiana born husband Victor in 1984 on a short-term mission to China. Married since 1986, they have three wonderful children – Dan, married to Joanna; Lauren, a nursing student; and Sarah, a sophomore in high school. Kathie has been on mission trips in the Philippines, China, Thailand and Russia. She and her family lived in Russia a total of 12 years, engaged in church planting and pastoring, primarily in Siberia. Brrr! She is a gifted listener, counselor and inner healing minister. Recently relocated to headquarters, Kathie is delighted to be able to encourage and support Go To Nations missionaries and staff as a much needed Member Care minister.
You can reach out to her via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, via Skype at kathie.barousse, or via mobile at 813-481-8678.
We finally arrived after a grueling summer of ministry and numerous modes of transportation to our long awaited field assignment in a far flung corner of the world. The initial team reception was heart warming and encouraging until the stark realities of glaring problems and personal issues threatened to tear our team and young church plant apart.
This month’s Member Care theme is Mutual Care. The necessity of having a Battle Buddy is no less critical on the missions battlefield than on a natural one. Partnership Development is an ideal setting to advance this model of mutual accountability.
So many of us go to the field because we feel called to a people group or a nation. We can easily show love to the hurting and the desperate. It’s not difficult to show love to children on the street or to people we are discipling in our churches or to the ones we felt God called us to in the first place. However, the challenge comes when we are asked to love those with whom God has called us to serve alongside.
As ministers, we often forget that while we are Spirit fueled, we are also Soul fired, and Body fed. As 3 part beings, when one part finishes running, the other two parts are done as well. So how do we keep all three parts in tune and running to the finish? Here are a few “trade secrets” to staying healthy in spirit, soul and body as missionaries:
What you may go through to finally sit down with a person for a support appointment can feel like a sea battle of volleying shots sometimes—making calls, leaving messages, missing returned calls, texting, rescheduling, etc. You can expend so much time and emotion on just getting the appointment that you are totally worn out by the time you actually meet! And if you are anything like me, you begin to rationalize, “there has to be a better way!”
When God called our family to join Go To Nations and go onto the mission field in Latin America, we were immediately put on the “fast track” of God’s timing. It was just nine months between accepting God’s call and leaving the United States.
In over twenty years of experience in MK-ministry, I’ve observed several parenting traits and practices that seem to have set MKs up for a healthier outcome. I’ve listed just ten of them below—whittled down from dozens more. Though the selection is incomplete, it’s a good place to start.
“Home” is a difficult word for most missionaries kids (MKs) to define. They have a passport culture which they can legally claim as their “home”. They also have the culture in which they have been raised. They have been shaped by and understand at a deep level the values, mores, and customs of their adopted country. However, they may not have that same depth of understanding of their passport culture. Sometimes parents are surprised at the things that their children don’t know about their “home” culture. So how can parents prepare their children to go “Home”?
Since we love what we pray for…. (Matt 5:44) Pray for Partnership Development and you will learn to love it. I remember a favorite author of mine saying that there were three ways to let your wife know that you love her.
Most young women remember when, as little girls, they used to run around dressed as princesseswaiting for their Prince Charming to come find them. This was followed by the dream that they would marry, play house and live happily ever after.
This dessert is made entirely of organic, all natural ingredients. Make this and enjoy with all the special people in your life.
"Out with the old, in with the new" is often heard when saying goodbye to the old year and welcoming in the new. January is a wonderful time to seek the Lord for His heart and plans for us in the coming year through prayer and fasting.
As we participate in the 21-day corporate fast called by GTN President Dr. Jerry Williamson from January 5 to 25, 2016, we are believing God for seven areas of supernatural release for this year:
Presence. Purpose. Provision. Power. Promises. Peace. Protection.
Break your fast gradually. At this point you will need to exercise watchful self-control. Break your fast on a meal that is light and easy to digest (i.e., a pound of grapes, a shredded apple, watermelon, or steamed vegetables).
If you are like the majority of missionaries I’ve known over the years, support raising is NOT a favorite part of your ministry. Yes, there are a few who actually relish this activity - and I admire them. They are usually the best funded.
I’ll never forget our first Christmas on the mission field in Russia in 1993. We had been in country for seven months during a period of economic upheaval and empty grocery shelves. Since nary a ham or turkey was to be seen in the marketplace, my husband Victor had been eyeing a nearby neighbor’s gaggle of geese for some time.
Stewarding our bodies can be an enormous challenge during the holiday season due to busyness, parties, travel and the unending banqueting table overflowing with rich dishes and delectable goodies.
I don’t know about you, but there always seems to be a “tug of war” going on between support-raising, and actually doing the ministry for which I am raising funds. Casting vision, setting goals, working tirelessly to see emerging leaders equipped, impoverished children fed, or national pastors raised up to take on an entire region for the Gospel sounds much more spiritual than managing my contact list, handwriting “Thank You’s”, and interrupting pleasant family dinners with my somewhat annoying phone calls. There is an instant gratification that comes from praying with a homeless man to receive Christ—so much more so than leaving voicemail after voicemail.