Traveling Together as Learners-Practitioners

Pilgrimage to Canterbury, Thomas Stothard, 1806 (illustration of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales)
As of 2013, most of the new updates/resources are posted on
the main website for Member Care Associates Inc. rather than on the Member Caravan website:
See also our site for updates and resources on global mental health (GMH-Map):
Our Purpose
This site offers materials to support those who are interested/involved in member care and international work in the health care fields. It is especially oriented towards graduate students and others receiving/offering training in member care-related areas. We encourage people to form special groups to "travel together " for mutual support and growth.
"A much traveled person knows many things
And a person of great experience will talk sound sense."
Ecclesiasticus 34:9, circa 190 B.C.
"God has often used students in pivotal ways within the course of missions history."
Dr. Hans Ritschard, 1992
"Global integration is an emerging domain of practice: the upcoming, multifaceted, globe-all direction for our integration endeavors (including member care, mental health as mission, etc. ), shaped by a vision for caravans of Christ followers whose competence, character,and compassion will significantly impact this world for good--to the glory of God."
Kelly O'Donnell, 2013

Featured Items
January 2014 Updates::
Kelly and Michele O'Donnell, Editors (William Carey Library Pubs)  

1. The electronic version is now available! (with some core excerpts)  

2. New resources added--see Vol 2 Updates section (book website)

3. Suggestions for using this book--See Vol 2 Application section (book website)

Coaching in Mis/Aid Organizations (MCA Resource Update, October 2012)
Mental Health as Mission (mhM) (MCA Resource Update, September 2012)
Expanding the role and global impact of member care in view of the challenges facing humanity.
Interview with Michele and Kelly O'Donnell (Christian Manager, April-May 2012).
Includes perspectives on issues/trends in member care and mission as well as reflections of the recent MUT member care consultation in India.
Global Letters for a Global Community

May 2012: This expanded issue of the Update consists of excerpts from Global Letters for a Global Community. The first part overviews some foundational perspectives that have positively affected the development of global member care (GMC). The second part identifies some current issues that have negatively affected the progress of GMC. Both parts emphasize the healing commitment to “truth and peace” in our relationships (Zech 8:19). This special issue, taken from eight of the latest CORE Member Care postings, launches us into the fourth year of the Updates. It is also sent as a special encouragement to the hundreds of participants that are meeting at the Member Care Conference in Bangalore, India (18-20 April) and at the Global Member Care Conference in Chiang Mai, Thailand (23-27 April).


18-20 April 2012: Missionary Upholders Trust (MUT) organized its sixth Member Care Consultation, this time located in Bangalore India. Around 190 people gathered together to interact over the adjustment and wellbeing of mission workers in India. The recent MUT survery on stressors for mission workers (estimated at 50,000 Indians) was reviewed and helped stimulate the presentations and many discussions. The new edited book, Member Care in India: Ministy Call to Home Call was also launched. Click here to access highlights and photos from this national consutlation. (for more information on MUT and this new book see the June 2012 MCA Resource Update (on this site).

This 12 minute video overviews some of the major human challenges
and the work of the United Nations during 2011.
New--A collection of several of our multimedia resources for training on the MCA channel at

(note you will need to register on NIXTY to access the site and these materials—takes about one minute)

The second annual conference will be held at Fuller Seminary (Pasadena, USA) on 1 October 2011. Three distinguished speakers will
discuss the importance of connections related to the wellbeing of member care workers. To register and for more information click here.
Materials to promote accountability, transparency, and anti-corruption in the church-mission community (CMC),
including documents/analyses about the Nordic Capital Investment case. This web site is updated regularly
with  input from consultants, fraud victims, and others committed to the well-being/credibility of the CMC.
 A foundational book for the field, with 50 articles from 1974-1988.
Available online for the first time .
(formats: pdf written and mp3 audio).
The four parts cover: Preparation, Families, Adjustment, and Special Issues.
Materials from the Training Day, 19 June 2010, held at Fuller School of Psychology, Pasadena, California, USA.
Video, audio, and written--five presentations featuring an extensive case study on the UN Refugee Organization (UNHCR), fuiture directions for member care, and more

This section of the site highlights health care in light of human diversity and cross-cultural contexts. The materials are designed to promote our understanding, respect, and competencies as we work with others. Two examples that we highlight: the book Where There Is No Psychiatrist and the online material from the World Federation of Mental Health.
Update: Latest additions are materials from the World Heath Organization's Department of Mental Health, Global Health TV, and the Movement for Global Mental Health. There are also references to  "International Cases" in the DSM-IV TR Casebook (2002) and "Outline for Cultural Formulation/Glossary of Culture-Bound Syndromes" in the DSM-IV TR (2000).
This is a special section offering links to core multimedia sites for international news and analyses, emphasizing humanitarian issues. One fascinating item is the five-minute video docummentary on "street psychiatry" in India (on the home page currently of the international news site Global Post). Updates: Include three additional news sites: International Crisis Group (independent analysis of world events/crises), LiveStaton( access to several TV stations for free including the BBC), and Forum Network (free video lectures on many topics from PBS and NPR). 
 God in the Global Office       PowerPoint version      Audio version
A narrated power point presentation focusing on ways to connect and contribute to international member care. This presentation is for all those involved/interested in member care including graduate students in the health care sciences.
Fuller School of Psychology: Member Care Lectures, February 2009
Topics: member care history and future directions, health and dysfunction, ethics and human rights.
Available for free download: written, audio, and video. click here

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Photo courtesty of IRIN (c) 2008 Deghati/IRIN
Notes on Students in Member Care
Caravan Group
We are a group of graduate students, alumni, and professionals from Fuller Theological Seminary, Azusa Pacific University, and Biola University (California, USA). We meet together to spur one another in the field of member care.  We share our personal experiences, discuss mental health issues related to missions and international work, obtain training from experts in the field, and network with other students and professionals. We meet together twice a month, once for a casual time of connecting, prayer, and encouragement, and once for a formal time of training with a local member care professional. Perhaps this is a type of group that you can form in your setting. For further information: email:      web site:
Here is one of historical quotes you will find in the "Memory Lane" section of this web site.
 "A growing (albeit small at present) number of students in the behavioral science and humanitarian service fields are presently training to become member care providers. These people represent a storehouse of energy and enthusiasm that can be effectively harnessed for member care. Although many of them might as yet have limited professional and missions experience, they are nevertheless being exposed to a variety of academic material and ideas that will ultimately be useful to member care. Further, many students are anxious to participate in member care activities while they are in training; their participation in a member care consultation provides and ideal means for establishing a foothold in the emerging member care field." Dr. Hans Ritschard, (1992), "The Member Care Consultation"
It would be timely to set up an endowment fund to help qualified graduate students attend key member care-related conferences.
Contact us at MCA to discuss possibilities. 
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 Member Care Associates, Inc  

Providing and developing member care resources
 for the diversity of senders/workers in mission/aid


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