When June rolls around, the energy level on the second floor of the One Challenge U.S. Mobilization Center (US-MC) is unmistakable. Second floor is home to Personnel – Mobilization, Pre-field training, and MemberCare, to mention a few.
In June members of the Personnel Department are walking with global mission workers at various stages of their personal journeys. The excitement extends beyond the second floor as many others at the US-MC are drawn in to provide the support needed to launch and sustain our workers.
Leading up to all this energy are months, even years, of virtual connecting/communication. Quite often Mobilization is in conversation with potential candidates for more than a year before they apply for acceptance.
Pre-field training works with appointees typically for one to two years before they are cleared for Transition Orientation and deployment. Throughout these months of virtual connection there is ongoing prayer and online assistance being offered.
Plenty of face-to-face interaction characterizes pre-field prep as well. Midway through raising support and preparing for deployment, appointees come to Core. These three weeks are an important time of group training and personal processing.
Shortly before our people depart to their field of service, we provide a final, four-day prep course (Transition Orientation) designed to ease their transition. When they arrive on the field, they have a colleague coaching them through their first 18 months.
Partners Beginning to End …
Even after all the initial hurdles of getting to the field, the connection to the US-MC doesn’t stop. A bi-monthly bulletin with information and action items continue to keep our people abreast of internal news and developments in the mission. Finance and Benefits departments are in frequent communication with our workers insuring legal and healthcare issues are in order.
Furlough Care …
At our Personnel Enrichment Program (PEP) in the summer, US-MC staff get to meet with overseas workers who have come to the States to process their last term of service. This 10-day program creates space for listening, prayer, emotional processing, and simply rest for adults and kids. It is an opportunity for US-MC personnel to hear the hearts and needs of our workers to serve them better.
… and Beyond
Even when staff or field personnel retire, we tend to keep in touch with them. Our alumni reps publish a short magazine three times a year and distribute it to all former workers, staff, board members, and associates. In 2015, OC hosted our first ever alumni retreat and a second is in the works for October of this year.
Those who have served with OC for any number of years understand why people refer to the “OC Family.” Once you are part of OC, you are treated like family. And once family, always family.