Missionaries are ordinary people who have caught God's vision for the world. The challenges of their extraordinary task expose them to unusual dangers in a culture not their own.
Perhaps you have answered God's call to be a missionary and, if so, many exciting experiences await you. But you are still human and may need some help along the way in weathering some of the challenges.
To learn more about the kinds of care Missions Resource Network provides for missionaries and churches, click on the items below:
Before You Go
While You Are on the Field
When You Come Home
More than a few missionaries have fallen on the field of battle. Some have suffered from burnout and depression; most have had periods of extreme loneliness and feelings of abandonment. Our staff of caring people, led by Dottie Schulz, Ph.D., who serves as our Director for Missionary Care, can help you and your family overcome some of these painful incidents. Dr. Schulz has an excellent Staff and Advisory Panel assisting her.
If you are not a missionary, perhaps you are a Christian who is concerned about the welfare of missionaries your church has sent to the field. You know that some missionaries have been wounded by "friendly fire" when sponsoring churches lacked sensitivity and you don't want your church to be responsible for that kind of tragedy. Or maybe you are a member of a missionary's extended family. Your missionaries are dear to your heart because they are also bone of your bone and flesh of your flesh. We at Missions Resource Network will stand alongside you so you can be assured that your missionaries receive the best possible care.
See Dottie's blog... Missionary's Missionary, for more personal insight into the world of missionary care.
Services to Churches
Dr. Schulz provides numerous workshops and consultations for elders and missions committees nationwide. Topics include general missionary care principles, reentry needs, writing of missionary care policies and client-specific assistance.
Some of these services are provided through regional Stewards of the Mission workshops conducted by Missions Resource Network in selected centers, such as Dallas, Nashville, Little Rock and Oklahoma City.
Missionary Care Staff
Dorris Schulz, Ph.D., Director for Missionary Care, a 15-year veteran of missionary service in the Netherlands and former Professor of Psychology and Family Studies, and Director of Counseling Services, York College in Nebraska.
Dale Hawley, Ph.D., Associate Director of Missionary Care, is an Associate Professor of Family Science and Family Therapy at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and serves with Mission Resource Network as Associate Director for Missionary Care.
Dottie and Dale are aided by a nationwide advisory panel of mental health providers.