Supporting Missions by Supporting Missionaries

One of our growing areas of work has been in the area of Missionary Member Care. For those who do not know, Missionary Member Care (MMC) deals with the logistical, emotional, mental, physical, social, and spiritual aspects of mission work. As a pastoral care and counseling center, we don’t have much to do with certain aspects of MMC, but have much we can do in other areas.

One organization we have been assisting is Asia Vision Short-Term Missions (AV-STM). AV-STM was founded back in 2003 and sends out teams of Filipinos and Asians on short-term and mid-term mission trips in Southeast and Central Asia.

For 2013, we have been able to assist in a few ways:

  • Jehny has been able to do personality evaluations to assist members in self-understanding and team dynamics
  • Celia provided training in basic first aid and health issues while on mission.
  • Joyce provided training in conflict resolution
  • Our team provided First Aid kits and vitamins for the mission teams
  • If needed, we will provide post-trip debriefing

Bob will be teaching Missionary Member Care at Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary this May. It is our hope that we will gain greater competence in the myriad of challenges associated with missions work.

Those who commit to serve in a missions capacity are “too valuable to lose.” For information on AV-STM, Click Here

AVSTM Leadership Development Program

Asia Vision Short Term Mission (AVSTM) completed their 4 week training, at its headquarters on the grounds of Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary. They had close to 30 students involved in it… focused on training up Filipino and International missionaries.

Celia teaching at AVSTM LDP

AVSTM LDP Group Photo

Bob and Celia Munson (of Bukal Life) had the priviledge in helping with the Training. Celia taught on Missionary Member Care, while Bob taught Contemporary Issues in Missions. It was a great time and we hope the students gained from the experience.

Bob and Celia will be talking on Missionary Member Care at the Morning Service of Shalom Christian Church (Baguio City) on January 17th.

The AVSTM blogsite can be accessed in the weblinks on the right.