Thursday, 30 July 2020

Humanity Care: UPGs and SDGs 8

Member Care Updates

Special News--June 2020

Issue 134
Member Care Updates
Expanding the global impact of member care
Working together for wellbeing and effectiveness

Special News--June 2020
Managing Stress and COVID-Distress
Faith-Based and Faith-Sensitive Resources

Member care: Renewing the strengths of our souls
"Psychological distress in populations is widespread. Many people are distressed due to the immediate health impacts of the virus and the consequences of physical isolation. Many are afraid of infection, dying, and losing family members. Individuals have been physically distanced from loved ones and peers. Millions of people are facing economic turmoil having lost or being at risk of losing their income and livelihoods. Frequent misinformation and rumours about the virus and deep uncertainty about the future are common sources of distress. A long-term upsurge in the number and severity of mental health problems is likely." Policy Brief: COVID-19 on the Need for Action on Mental Health (UN, May 2020, p. 2)
The UK Blessing (music video, May 2020)
Singing a blessing over the nation...and over the world.

"The Lord is for you.The Lord is with you.
Our buildings may be closed but the church is alive."

In this Update we share more resources in the world community's battle to confront the corona virus. Specifically we focus primarily on faith-based and faith-sensitive resources (mainly Christian) to support ourselves and others during the prolonged challenges and uncertainties.

Many of the resources deal with managing the causes and consequences of stress: COVID-Distress. Examples include anxiety, trauma, depression, confinement, loneliness, loss, grief, relationship strains, coping for children, work insecurities, spiritual struggles, uncertainty/concerns about what may "really" be going on, etc.

We also want to emphasize that for hundreds of millions of people, the issue is not only COVID-19 but frankly ongoing survival--managing daily life in settings inundated with multi-dimensional poverty, protracted violence, human rights violations, and gross inequalities. Our many overlapping, major crises continue unabated  even as COVID-19 takes center stage in our world.

We begin the Update with suggestions for COIVD-19 responses by Adjith Fernando (What Could Christians Be Doing Now?) and finish with a new article that we jointly authored on stress and trauma in humanitarian work (Engaging in Humanity Care). We think you will find many of the resources below to be helpful for your life and for your work in member care and mission.
Don't be afraid. Trust God. Do good.
Stay safe, connected, compassionate, and  hope-filled. 

 See also:
Confronting COVID-19: “Don’t be afraid” (Member Care Update, April 2020)
Staying Sane during COVID-19 (Member Care Update, May 2020)
Warm greetings,
Kelly and Michèle
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Featured Resources
Managing Stress and COVID-Distress
Faith-based and faith-sensitive resources

COVID-Distress Continuum
Monitoring distress--individual through international levels.
How are you doing? What helps you stay resilient?

1. minimal                                   5. moderate                                     10. major
inconvenienced/annoyed                                        overwhelmed/devastated

"Deeply concerned by the morbidity and mortality caused by COVID-19 pandemic, the negative impacts on physical and mental health and social well-being, the negative impacts on economy and society and the consequent exacerbation of inequalities within and between countries….[The WHO World Health Assembly] calls for, in the spirit of unity and solidarity, intensification of cooperation and collaboration at all levels to contain, control and mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic..." World Health Organization, Resolution on the COVID-19 Response (May 2020, paragraphs PP 1 and OP1)
What Could Christian Be Doing Now? Ajith Fernando, Sri Lanka (May 2020). “While the Bible does not dwell much on the “whys” of things like epidemics, it clearly teaches that when there is a great need, Christians must seek to be involved. Our God is [the God] who acts, and he often acts through us. Let us look at some biblical principles which we need to be asking how we should apply at this time.”

Anxious Times. Corinne Gnepf, Olive Tree, Turkey (May 2020). “Undoubtedly, these recent months have not gone by without leaving marks on you. It is likely that at one point or another you have felt anxious, distressed, upset or depressed because of how Covid-19 has impacted you. Many more people around the world have experienced a heightened level of anxiety as lives, jobs, family routines, livelihoods, and relationships have been impacted or threatened. Forced isolation, social distancing, the worries about loved ones, missing out on milestone events such as weddings, graduations, anniversaries, and other special events takes a toll. Being stuck in a tight space with people who you love but can seriously get on your nerves, or with people who are unsafe to be around can be highly stressful. Being faced with too many deaths and the risk of working in the health care system is traumatic. All of these and many more can cause severe distress. Many people have gotten infected, struggled for every breath, fought back to live. All of these scenarios are difficult, period.”

Healing from the Distress of the Covid-19 Crisis and  Peace, Be Still: A Family Guide for Living in Crazy Days. Both are some of the resources from Beyond Disaster, Trauma Healing Institute, American Bible Society.

Faith in a Time of CrisisBryan Goodman, COVID-19 Information and ResourcesAmerican Psychological Association (May 2020). “Psychologists’ research shows why some people can find peace during the COVID-19 pandemic, while others may be struggling with their faith.” See the APA's Monitor on Psychology (June 2020), special issue on COVID-19.

A Self-Care Guide for Change-Makers and Peacebuilders during Covid-19Annalisa Jackson and Nicholas Sherwood. Mary Hoch Center for Reconciliation, Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, George Mason University USA (2020). This three page summary briefly describes 21 ways to take care of ourselves and our households (see image above). “It is important each of us take care of ourselves, paying attention to the needs of our own bodies, our minds, and our spirits. We should recognize the new reality we face can contribute to increased feelings of sadness, anger, discouragement, or being overwhelmed. A key component to taking care of ourselves during this time is identifying the things we can control rather than focusing on the things we cannot control. While it is critical to physically isolate as much as possible during this pandemic, finding strategies to maintain our health and our connections with others will significantly impact our well-being.”

Source: United Nations Christian Association, Geneva
Faith and COVID-19 ResponseJoint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities. COVID-19 is a global crisis that needs all communities across the world, together with governments, UN entities, and broad civil society organizations, to join forces in keeping people safe and well. As an international learning exchange, the JLI aims to facilitate evidence building and creation to support faith and COVID-19 response. We will update this page with JLI collaborations and partner initiatives (as possible).” Note: There are many faith-based organizations listed with resources for the pandemic.

Spiritual First Aid: A Step-by-Step Disaster Spiritual and Emotional Care Manual (COVID-19 Edition). Humanitarian and Disaster Institute, Wheaton College USA (2020, also in Spanish). This manual is a “disaster spiritual and emotional care intervention… using both biblical wisdom and evidence-informed psychological insights….[It provides] a step-by-step approach to learning and providing spiritual and emotional care for others…remotely and while staying at home.” It is oriented for those with a Christian worldview.”

Doing What Matters in Times of Stress: An Illustrated Guide. World Health Organization (April 2020). “[This] is a stress management guide for coping with adversity. The guide aims to equip people with practical skills to help cope with stress. A few minutes each day are enough to practice the self-help techniques. The guide can be used alone or with the accompanying audio exercises. Informed by evidence and extensive field testing, the guide is for anyone who experiences stress, wherever they live and whatever their circumstances.” Note: Broadly speaking, the "values" emphasis/section in this guide could also be used to identify and integrate one's spiritual and religious values into copingMore COVID-19 resources for information and support here from WHO.

Recovery and Wellness—COVID-19: Operating Considerations for US-based International NGOs (May 2020), developed in collaboration with many INGOs. “The events of the past several months have presented a wide range of challenges to the International NGO (INGO) community as COVID-19 has spread rapidly around the world. The operational realities of COVID-19 are causing organizations to create and adapt processes and procedures, reassess organizational customs and norms and establish new ways of working. Organizations are dedicating significant energy to projecting forward and making operational changes to uphold their duty of care and provide staff with a work environment that considers this new reality. Recognizing this effort, the INGO community came together to produce Recovery & Wellness, COVID-19 which convenes subject matter experts and practitioners from the fields of Human Resources, Insurances and Benefits, Staff Wellbeing, Security and Risk Management and Non-profit Law and Compliance. Each module seeks to provide guidance, suggestions for internal communications and an action list organized by Highly Recommended, Recommended and Beneficial actions. These are general recommendations which may not apply uniformly to all organizations and were specifically designed for small to mid-sized organizations.”

Note: This operational guide is "secular." Arguably it is neither "faith-sensitive" nor faith-inclusive." Nonetheless the information is helpful but you will have to add your own spiritual and religious perspectives and resources to it (for example, in the section on staff wellbeing). 
See also the KonTerra Group’s COVID-19: Resources for Organizations and Employees. See also COVID-19 Mission Organization Contingency Planing (April 2020), Missio Nexus. 

Engaging in Humanity Care: Stress, Trauma, and Humanitarian Work. Kelly O’Donnell, Heidi Pidcoke, Michèle Lewis O’Donnell. Christian Psychology Around the World; Special Focus: Coping with Stress in Theory and Practice (Issue 14, May 2020, pp. 153-167). In this article we focus on the wellbeing and effectiveness (WE) of staff in the humanitarian sector. More specifically, in Part One we highlight stress and trauma for humanitarian workers and in Part Two we share perspectives and resources to support humanitarian workers. We draw from our work as Christians in mental health and member care and in the context of our broad, multi-sectoral involvements for “engaging in humanity care. Keep in mind the personal and organizational benefits when everyone involved in the humanitarian sector stay resilient and healthy. This includes administrators, managers, leaders, volunteers, international and local/national staff, family members, teams, organizations, and the helpers themselves.”

Member care: Renewing the strengths of our souls

The UK Blessing (music video, May 2020)
Singing a blessing over the nation...and over the world.

"The Lord is for you.The Lord is with you.
Our buildings may be closed but the church is alive."

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Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Humanity Care: UPGs and SDGs 7

Member Care Updates

Special News--January 2020

Issue 129
Member Care Updates
Expanding the global impact of member care
Working together for wellbeing and effectiveness

Special News--January 2020
Following Jesus Globally

The Global Pearl of Great Price
Applications for Member Care and Mission

The Pearl of Great Price
Detail from cover: 
Global Member Care Volume Two (2013)

Whoever serves me must follow me;
and where I am, my servant also will be.
My Father will honor the one who serves me

John 12:26 NIV 

Warm greetings!

In this Update we feature one item: a short article that we jointly authored, just published online in the Lausanne Global Analysis. In it we distill several of our core perspectives and strategies for staying current and relevant in view of the many new challenges and opportunities for serving Jesus in our world.

Following Jesus Globally: Engaging the World through Global Integration
--The article is also in French, Spanish, and Portuguese (official translations by the Lausanne Movement). We also link to a copy of the article which has a translation tool for 50 languages (not official translations by the Lausanne Movement).
--We list five suggestions at the end of this Update to stimulate discussions and applications of this article for mission and member care.
--We plan to host online round tables in 2020 as a way to further interact with colleagues about the themes in this article.

Please consider discussing and sharing this Update/article with your colleagues and networks. And join the conversation--consider 
writing a short comment at the end of the article. Many thanks!

See also:
Into the Communities of Unreached Peoples (MC Update, June 2019)
Righteous and Relevant Leaders (MC Update, June 2018)
Global Member Care Model—Seven Spheres (MC Update, February 2017)
Our Special News-Updates 1) promote the wellbeing and effectiveness (WE) of staff and sending groups and 2) support the diversity of colleagues with member care responsibilities. The focus is on the mission sector with applications for/from the overlapping health, development, and humanitarian sectors.
Warm greetings from Geneva,
Kelly and Michèle

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Following Jesus Globally
The Global Pearl of Great Price
Applications for Member Care and Mission

UN photo (UNRWA)
Palestinian refugees in Yarmouk, Syria (January 2014)

Global Integration:
A framework for actively and responsibly engaging with our world,
collaborating locally through globally for God’s glory.

For the last 10 years we have been working increasingly across sectors (humanitarian, health, development, peace-security, United Nations) as psychologists in mission. Central to our work has been a simple, strategic framework which we call  Global Integration (GI). GI is a framework for actively and responsibly engaging with our world, collaborating locally through globally for God’s glory.
What's in the Article?
In Following Jesus Globally, we share our updated description of the GI framework and present the material in terms of three strategic “GI Directions” to carefully and prayerfully consider:

--Following Jesus into Humanity Care
--Following Jesus with Global Integrity
--Following Jesus as Global Integrators.

We conclude this short article with a checklist of seven “directional commitments” for engaging in our world strategically and relevantly, locally and globally. The 20+ end notes include many additional perspectives and resources too. 

What Does it Mean?
Some Applications for Member Care and Mission

Following Jesus Globally, like the GI framework itself, is meant to help us forge new relationships and pursue new opportunities for addressing major issues affecting our world and especially the Church-Mission Community’s work among unreached peoples. It supports our efforts for being salt and light for God’s glory; promoting the growth and development of workers in the context of sacrifice, stressful work, and prudent risk; calling upon our best selves--the common sense of our human belonging, identity, and mutual responsibility--as we seek to engage our precarious, perilous, yet precious world as followers of Jesus Christ.

Here are five areas of application for the GI Directions emphasized in the article (humanity care, global integrity, global integrators). How can these GI Directions help us to:

--Support mission workers and sending groups in their well-being and effectiveness?
--Equip mission workers and sending groups with tools and opportunities for their work?
--Equip member care colleagues who work with others besides mission staff?
--Support colleagues across sectors via materials developed in member care/mission?
--Stay informed about and pray for current and crucial issues facing humanity?

--For more ideas for applying GI Directions including across sectors, see the 
Volume 2--Application Section on the website for the Global Member Care book series.
--Here is a 
separate link a copy of the English version which provides a translation tool into 50 languages. These additional translations are separate from the three official-professional translations done for the Lausanne Movement’s Global Analysis (French, Spanish, Portuguese). We note that online translations are helpful yet have limits, as the technical terms and idioms, for example, are not always easily translated or understood. 

Friday, 29 November 2019

Humanity Care: UPGs and SDGs 6

Global Integration Updates
Special News--December
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Special News--December 2019
Peace, Justice, Inclusion
and Strong Institutions

Updates on Sustainable Development Goal 16+
HERE is the link for the full Update

Advances in ending violence, promoting the rule of law, strengthening institutions and increasing access to justice are uneven and continue to deprive millions of their security, rights and opportunities and undermine the delivery of public services and broader economic development. Attacks on civil society are also holding back development progress. Renewed efforts are essential to move towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 16. Progress on the SDGs: Report of the Secretary-General, UN (paragraph 37, July 2019)

In this Update we focus on Sustainable Development Goal 16+ (SDG 16+). SDG16+ includes additional Targets from seven other 17 SDGs and hence provides a broader framework for peace, justice, and inclusive societies.  It is seen to be "an enabler and accelerator" for all the SDGs.

We feature four recent resources-reports which collectively describe the good news and bad news about progress, and the challenges of measuring progress,  on the SDG 16+ and its TargetsThey are:

The SDG Report 2019, United Nations (2019)
SDG Tracker, Goal 16, Our World in Data (2019)
--Implementation of the 2030 Agenda through SDG 16+, Global Alliance (2019)
SDG 16+ Progress Report, Institute for Economics and Peace (2019)

We encourage you to look over the summaries in the above materials (we orient you below using blue highlights). And then go deeper as you have time and interest. It is not necessarily exciting reading, yet we think it is essential reading to inform and impact our work across sectors, countries, and SDGs.

We finish with some brief reflections on "fulfilling our political and moral responsibilities" in the efforts to realize the SDGs. This includes prioritizing both social transformation and personal transformation, confronting corruption along with developing integrity, and encouraging faith-based efforts in SDG efforts and vice versa.

See also:

--Peace and Security  (resources on our MCA website)
--Integrity and Accountability for UN Staff, UN Special (March 2017, April 2017)
--9 December: International Anti-Corruption Day
--10 December: Human Rights Day
Warm greetings from Geneva,
Kelly and Michèle
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Monday, 3 June 2019

Humanity Care: UPGs and SDGs 5

Special News--June 2019
Into the Communities of Unreached Peoples
Leaving the one to search for the 99?
Here is the link for the full Update

Death Valley, California-USA  Image courtesy and ©2019 ENOD

My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You,
In a dry and weary land where there is no water.

This Update emphases unreached peoples, community development, mental health in mission, and of course, member care. Specifically, we feature the upcoming International Day for the Unreached  (9 June, Pentecost Sunday) and invite you to learn more about this special day of advocacy, prayer, and its webcast on behalf of unreached peoples. Save the date!

We also feature 
Serving Well (2019), a book focusing on cross-cultural Christian workers, and three resources for community development in mission: Setting Up Community Health and Development Programmes in Low and Middle Income Settings (2019, 4th edition), the Million Village Challenge; and Global Mental Health--What's Up? (2019) [coming soon].

Our theme this month builds upon the 
parable on the 100 sheep (Matthew 18:12-14): In what ways can we emulate God's love by searching out and engaging with communities among the estimated three billion people in culturally-distant, unreached people groups? We believe it is crucial for us all to think about applications at all levels of mission--personal through partnerships, local through global-- for what it would also mean to leave the one (the found) in order to search for the other 99 (the lost).

See also: 
Member Care and Unreached Peoples (Member Care Update, April 2019)
Being Faith-Based and Evidence Based (Global Integration Update, May 2019)
Our Special News-Updates 1) promote the wellbeing and effectiveness (WE) of staff and sending groups and 2) support the diversity of colleagues with member care responsibilities. The focus is on the mission sector with applications for/from the overlapping health, development, and humanitarian sectors.

Warm greetings from Geneva,
Kelly and Michèle

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Saturday, 11 May 2019

Humanity Care: UPGs and SDGs 4

Member Care--Unreached Peoples
Reviewing and Renewing Our Roots
Special News April 2019: Member Care Update

There is nothing too glamorous about missions...especially missions that target the most historically neglected peoples and places in the world….[Mission workers] are committed to go to the ends of the earth to serve such needy people. And member care workers are committed to support them in their efforts as long as it takes, even until the end of the age. 
Doing Member Care Well, 2002, page 1

In this Issue, Number 120, marks the 10 year anniversary of our monthly MC Updates. It is a special celebratory issue in which we reaffirm a special strategic focus: supporting the people and organizations who are prioritizing work among unreached peoples. We believe it is both timely and crucial to review and renew the member care field's historic emphasis on unreached peoples--our MC-UP roots.

We feature the recent article, Clarifying the Remaining Frontier Mission Task (Rebecca Winter Lewis), and include two of its summary charts. We also share info/links to: a) quotes on Member Care and Unreached Peoples over the past 35 years (Kelly's writings); and b) some organizations spearheading prayer for the world and information on unreached peoples.

Our hope is that this Update will encourage us all to consider our lives and work in light of the dearth of culturally-relevant Christ-followers--workers and communities/movements--present in major blocks of humanity (i.e. the estimated 3+ billion  culturally-distant people in unreached people groups). How can we responsibly shape and actively support the Church-Mission efforts among the most historically neglected peoples of the world? Let's review and renew our MC-UP roots!

Read more HERE.

Saturday, 2 March 2019

Humanity Care: UPGs and SDGs 3

Wellbeing for All
A New Paradigm to Guide and Goad Us

This is a webinar was done on 29 November 2018 (we presented). It was organized by the Lausanne Movement’s Global Mental Health and Trauma Network. Click the title above to access the powerrpoint and notes (notes are under the slides). To watch the webinar, click  HERE--available 1 March 2019).

Example--Slide 2

This webinar focuses on Global Mental Health (GMH) and its relevance for the Church-Mission Community (CMC)—and vice versa. Foundational for our discussion is exploring how we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God ordained beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
We overview GMH and its influence as a new paradigm, a growing movement, and a core part of the world community’s major efforts to realize sustainable development and wellbeing for all. We then highlight 10 areas for GMH-CMC engagement.

GMH-CMC engagement is a major strategic and largely overlooked opportunity for “mental health as mission” (mhM). Many among the hundreds of million people currently suffering from mental, neurological, or substance use conditions reside in low-resource countries--including being part of people groups and/or in settings of conflict/calamity with limited or no access to both the Christian message and effective treatments.

What are we waiting for?!

Notes for Slide 2:
Opening remarks by UN  Secretary-General António Guterres at the UN General Assembly’s High-level Meeting on Sustaining Peace,
24 April 2018
“We must recognize that in some fundamental ways, our world is going backwards. More countries are experiencing violent conflict than at any time in nearly three decades. Record numbers of civilians are being killed or injured by explosive weapons in urban areas. Record numbers of people are on the move, displaced by violence, war and persecution. We see horrific violations of human rights, and rising nationalism, racism and xenophobia. Inequalities are increasing; whole regions, countries and communities can find themselves isolated from progress and left behind by growth. Women and girls face discrimination of all kinds. These are all indications that we need greater unity and courage – to ease the fears of the people we serve; to set the world on track to a better future; and to lay the foundations of sustainable peace and development.”

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Humanity Care: UPGs and SDGs 2

Mental Health and Non-Communicable Diseases 

Applications for the
Church-Mission Community and Unreached People Groups


There is a new advocacy article on mental health that Kelly has co-authored. It was written for the general public to better understand how mental health is linked to the physical non-communicable diseases (NCDs)--e.g., cancer, diabetes, respiratory, cardio-vascular, and the impact of unhealthy nutrition/diet, obesity, inactivity, harmful use of alcohol, tobacco, etc. The article is directly related to SDG 3.4: By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being.”  United Nations, Sustainable Development Goal 3.4

The article just went on the website for the NCD Alliance’s Enough Campaign—“Our health. Our right. Right now.. This major, global Campaign is bringing together the voices of hundreds of organizations, calling governments to fulfill their commitments to prevent and treat NCDs and doing so en route to the third High-Level Meeting on NCDs to be held at the UN New York this September. We have been tracking with the global efforts to prevent and treat NCDs for seven years (e.g., see Kelly’s summary of his time at the first NCD High Level Meeting on NCDs at the UN, CORE Member Care, 30 September 2011).  

We think MH-NCDs is especially relevant for the mission of the global-local Church e.g. (mental health as mission). We also see major applications for those working with Unreached People Groups (UPGs). See below for more information and perspectives oriented for the Church-Mission Community (CMC). Please do feel free share with others!
Linking Mental Health/NCDs and UPGs
Opportunities for the Church-Mission Community
Mental health as mission--What are we waiting for?

“Take special note that approximately 80% of the [estimated 40 million annual] deaths from NCDs occur among people in low-middle income countries (LMICs). I hasten to add that many of the world’s poor live in LMICs and are in fact part of people groups that lack a viable Christian presence [Unreached People Groups, Least-Reached People Groups].”
Kelly O’Donnell, Finding our Global Integration Voices, CORE Member Care (30 September 2011).

By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being.”  United Nations, Sustainable Development Goal 3.4

Presenting a New Advocacy Article for Mental Health
Linking Mental Health and the NCD Alliance Campaign Priorities for the 2018 United Nations High-Level Meeting on NCDs is a new advocacy article, authored by Julian Eaton, Kelly O’Donnell, Lucy Westerman, and Fiona Adshead. Here is the summary: “Mental health conditions are one of the major groups of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) with crucial relevance in efforts to control and prevent NCDs. Mental health also has links to cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases and other physical NCDs. By considering mental ill health and other NCDs together, we can improve the lives of people affected by NCDs worldwide, and guide advocacy at global, regional and national level for strong commitments at the September 2018 UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs.”

The piece was done in association with the NCD Alliance, the World Federation for Mental Health, and the Mental Health Innovation Network. It was just posted on the NCD Alliance’s website (Enough Campaign) and is already making its rounds far and wide. This short piece contains many infographics and six key messages for action in order to quickly orient you to mental health and NCD issues and indeed the NCD epidemic.

Increasing Relevance for the Church-Mission Community and UPGs
The Church-Mission Community (CMC) has a vast number of local members/ministries around the world that are in strategic places to potentially help those with mental conditions and promote mental wellbeing. Mental health as mission is a viable albeit overlooked component of sharing the good news and good works—mission strategy. Here are two quotes that shine light on opportunities for the increased engagement by the CMC in mental health/NCDs, especially among Unreached People Groups (UPGs).

“NCDs can affect you and me and our loved ones. And they can and do affect mission/aid workers and certainly the people with whom they work. Understanding and preventing NCDs and encouraging healthy lifestyle choices should be a core part of the member care that we provide in mission/aid and in any global health efforts…”

“Take special note that approximately 80% of the [estimated 40 million annual] deaths from NCDs occur among people in low-middle income countries (LMICs). I hasten to add that many of the world’s poor live in LMICs and are in fact part of people groups that lack a viable Christian presence (UPGs, LPGs). Who are the people and organizations that are explicitly talking about the epidemic of NCDs in terms of people groups and Christian witness/responsibility? Or for that matter who is addressing the massive untreated mental health disorders in LMICs in view of Christian witness/responsibility? There is a huge opportunity for the church-mission community to confront the NCD epidemic as part of our commitment to bring love and healing to the peoples of the earth.” Kelly O’Donnell, Finding our Global Integration Voices, CORE Member Care (30 September 2011)

Mental Health as Mission: Resources for the CMC
-- New Global Member Care Model: February 2017
--Psychological First Aid: August 2016
--Global Mental Health as Mission–Overview and Opportunities: April 2016
--Migrant Care–Hospitality for Humanity: October 2015
-- Trauma: July 2015
-- Creative Tools for Healing: October 2014
-- Doing Mental Health Well: May 2014
--Mental Health and Psychosocial Support: September 2013
-- Mental Health as Mission: September 2012