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For all those who work in supporting offices of mission organisations

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Comment by Claudia Smith on February 22, 2017 at 12:49

Hello Everyone:-)  Have you got a missionary family returning from the field?  Planning a debrief for parents and wondering how to support the children?  I offer creative debriefing for children.  Please contact me for further details of how I could support you as you support your returning families.

Comment by Claudia Smith on November 17, 2015 at 15:47

Hello, Feeling excited to be launching my new online counselling website, specialising in member care counselling.  All counselling takes place through Plus Guidance a secure online platform which creates a confidential counselling space in the virtual world.  I'm offering a free trial session to all new clients.  Please do contact me if you'd like more details of online counselling could support your mission partners overseas.  Best wishes,  Claudia 

Comment by Sarah Hay on September 30, 2013 at 9:48

Does anyone have experience of how to get a DBS check certified by a solicitor or notary and then legalised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office?  If so, do you have any advice?  We have come across this with a new family in Albania who require this for residency.  I can't believe that this is the only country where this is now required?! 

Comment by Mike Frith on April 18, 2013 at 14:17

I have an OSCAR user asking about church working agreements for missionaries. Does anyone have examples of these that I can send him for reference? Please email them to me at . Thanks.

Comment by Claudia Smith on February 15, 2013 at 5:23

Hello and Greetings from Uganda. 

I've attached a link to my latest blog as it includes some questions about how to support mission partners more effectively with the re-entry process. 

I'd really appreciate any feedback as I'm putting together a series of coaching packages to support missionaries whilst they are on the field (more to come in my next blog).

I'd also appreciate people's views on the use of online support whilst on the field e.g. Are people in favour or unsure of its effectiveness?  Are there any concerns over perhaps confidentiality and security? What questions do people have about using online counselling and coaching services?

Thank you for your time.  Warm greetings ~ Claudia

Comment by Claudia Smith on December 14, 2012 at 16:51

Paul - this is great! As a mission partner it would wonderful if all sending agencies could have something like this on their website to help supporters support their mission partners.  Its sometimes hard to ask for what you need, so if people know, it is a great help.  Keep up the good work!

Comment by Paul Morriss on December 14, 2012 at 12:37

Sarah, If I can plug something we (Wycliffe Bible Translators UK) have written - you might find it cover some of these points:

Comment by Claudia Smith on December 14, 2012 at 11:48

HI Sarah,  Just happen to be online and just saw your question.  I would recommend  getting hold of Serving as Senders by Neal Pirolo.  I think it is a good foundation for helping churches and sending agencies to support mission partners.  If are supporting young families, I've written 3 workbooks for primary aged children which are free to download on Oscar.  Hope that helps.  Very best wishes,  Claudia

Comment by Sarah Milthorp on December 14, 2012 at 11:40

Hi, I think I am the latest member of this group, and was already after some advice! I help to coordinate Global Mission at a large church and we have recently been confronted with the challenges of acting as the sending organisation for some of our mission partners - in particular through a link the church has with a diocese in Africa. Can anyone give me any advice/ top tips policies on the essential guide to supporting/furlough/accountability/holidays etc 

Comment by Penny Stradling on April 18, 2012 at 15:09

Hi, I'm the vocational recruitment officer here at CMS involved in finding and selecting folk to serve overseas.  I would love to link with others involved in similar work to see what we can learn from each other.



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