OC’s DNA is rooted in a focus on people as ministry. This manifests itself differently, but for some it comes in the form of member care, for people inside and outside the organization. Although member care is a specific department at the U.S. Mobilization Center, it is much more than that to OC’s people. It’s about healthy people serving the Lord around the world.
Member care comes in three folds for OC:
- Caring for U.S.-sent personnel
- The desire to care for its Global Alliance partners
- Caring for mission workers from other organizations that are serving in dangerous and arduous places
International Member Care Conference
In March, a group from various OC teams, many whose ministry revolves around member care, gathered together to examine the OC member care system and discuss how to move forward. “What I loved about this time together … it was a gathering of like-minded people working together to come up with strategies to better care for our people,” says Director of MemberCare Deänne Boesel. “I look forward to how these thoughts and ideas might come into play in the years to come.”
Part of the conference was spent talking about things happening in each of the representatives regions. “We had a good representation from around OC’s world, and there was good discussion of what strategies have worked in the past and those that have not,” says Deänne.
Thinking Ahead to Future Care
Other than traditional member care systems, currently in OC global work, Craig and Julie B. in East Asia have focused their entire work around the care for other OC missionaries. This model of “member care champions” is something Deänne hopes can develop in each part of the OC world. “Member care champions would intentionally care for people in their region. This could look a lot of different ways, but one important aspect of this in any region would be that it is on-site care.”
Many other exciting aspects were discussed at the conference, and Deänne feels that in the current OC climate “people are open to making these changes happen.” It was time well spent. “I hoped that during this time, each representative felt valued in his or her ministry and that they had their ideas heard.”
Join us in prayer
Deänne says, “Pray this conference is just the beginning of new and innovative ways to care for our most valuable resources, our people.”
Please pray for us as we work together to coordinate well, train each other to deal with serious issues, and care for the Lord’s Harvest workers around our world.
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