mhM embodies our joint efforts to serve humanity via the mental health sciences/disciplines. It is an important extension of our member care work, building upon the core MC focus of wellbeing/effectiveness for mission/aid workers in order to further equip/support workers who themselves are helping people in areas like domestic violence, depression, substance abuse, traumatic stress, etc. It can also involve our own direct services for people needing mental health and psychosocial support—so another important way for skilled MC workers to contribute beyond their usual roles.
"One of the global trends challenging missions is the issue of migration--people who are on the move. According to the Geneva-based International Organisation for Migration (IOM), there are around 300 million people who are in some form of significant international migration…The transition experience of migration incurs loss, grief and perhaps alienation [and many positive benefits!]. So the transition experience is not just something to focus on for mission workers and their families, but for other major blocks of humanity as well. I see all this as opportunities for missions.The world’s on the move and we should be too….The mission community can benefit from cutting edge resources such as the materials on the website of Families in Global Transitions (www.figt.org).”.
“…the concept of missions and who is a missionary needs to be revisited in the light of global realities...we can no longer talk only about traditional missionary work in an explicit evangelism and cross cultural contexts. The utter need for crossing cultures and focusing on unreached people groups is still at the heart of mission. Yet the mission of God is much more than that. This also means going cross-sectorally in order to connect with human structures such as the global health community (e.g., World Health Organization and many NGOs), the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, [e.g., end hunger and poverty, provide universal education, improve child and maternal health, ensure environmental sustainability] and other organizations with an international, multi-sectoral, and faith-based reach—a good case in point is World Vision International. Clearly it is a call to bring both new and old gems out of our mission treasure chest, an ongoing process, as envisioned by Christ in the Kingdom parables (Mt. 13:51,52).” “.
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