Member care--going macro in the service of humanity.

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Resources for Good Practice
Update August 2012

Member Care for Mission/Humanitarian Assistance

Serving Humanity
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This issue focuses on going macro in the service of humanity--mingling new and old approaches for member care in mission/aid. The first set of materials includes three resources from Member Care Associates. These materials can help us to stay current and competent in our work. The second set of materials includes three items from the international mental health field. As you review them you will quickly see many relevant  applications for your member care work. Note that a lot of the inspiration for this issue comes from the recent gathering of 5500 mental heath colleagues from over 100 countries in South Africa at the International Congress of Psychology: Psychology Serving Humanity. It was great to be there and to be exposed to a vast array or presentations and perspectives on psychology's contributions around the world. 

Warm greetings from Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell—Member Care Associates

Enjoy this vintage music video:
Message in a Bottle, Sting
 "Love can mend your life but love can break your heart."

Resource Area One: Member Care Serving Humanity
Image from the home page of the new MCA website (sunrise in India over the Bay of Bengal).
The member care field, while maintaining its core focus on supporting the diversity of mission/aid personnel, must expand into new international and cross-sector areas. We encourage colleagues with member care responsibility to stay current with at least one related health area and/or global issue that we are particularly passionate about (including organizations, practitioners, resources etc. related to the area/issue). We will need courage to face new challenges to enhance human well-being and combat evil in its many forms. And we will need a solid, practical theology that understands how God is at work throughout the variety of human efforts around the world. We must challenge one another and the overall field to expand our reach and relevance in member care. (Adapted from Global Member Care, 2011, p. 54)
1. A Global Portal for Good Practice--our new website. Have a look through our main website for Member Care Associates ( This site, like all we do in MCA, is dedicated to encourage us as we intentionally cross sectors, disciplines and cultures for good practice in light of global realities. You will find a lot of materials to help broaden our boundaries—thinking, relationships, activities—for mutual learning and effectiveness as learners-practitioners. In addition to the resources on the home page have a look at the other resources such as the "60+ Suggestions for a MC Library" in the Articles/Book section and the various updates in the "What's New!" section

2. Reflections, Research, and Resources for Good Practice--our ongoing blogsite. This site explores current cutting edges for providing and developing member care resources for the international humanitarian and mission sectors ( The materials are chosen to help us think broadly, look into our own hearts, explore member care in light of current world events/major challenges facing humans. The current entries are on member care and global health--for example, "Mental Health as Mission" and the links to watch short videos for "Taking a Tour of Global Health." It is simple to be notified of new posts (about two per month). Go to the top of the blogsite and type your email in the "Follow the Blog" box.

3. Interview in India. Here are some thoughts from us (Michele and Kelly) weaving together global health and global mission realities. They are excerpted from our recent interview in the Chennai-based Christian Manager magazine (April-May 2012--click here for: entire interview on pages 23-28). This interview encourages us to consider the many opportunities to relevantly connect and contribute more globally. Our mindsets and skill sets continue to grow.  Excerpt: "...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 [over 300 million people involved in some type o significant geographic transition experience]  I see all this as opportunities for missions. The world is on the move and we should be too…."
Resource Area Two: Mental Health Serving Humanity

Cape Town International Convention Centre (site of the recent Psychology Serving Humanity congress)
1. Online Readings in Psychology and Culture (ORPC). This site offers "free and peer-reviewed open access to current research and applications in the psychological study of culture" ( It is set up by the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP). On the site you wlll find over 10 content areas (units) such as indigenous approaches, developmental psychology and culture, and health/clinical psychology and culture, "We emphasize the basic idea of selfless scholarship and giving cross-cultural psychology away so that everybody can have access without financial constraints." (excerpts from brochure)
2. Health and Human Rights Info (HHRI) ( "HHRI is a database thatgives you free information about the effects of human rights violations on mental health in contexts of war, conflict and disaster. It contains guidelines and manuals on assistance and interventions, reports and publications, as well as updated information on relevant organizations providing care for persons subjected to human rights violations and disasters." Thematic pages include: gender-based violence, children in armed conflicts, PTSD, torture, ethics, helping the helpers, etc. HHRI is a project initiated by the International Society for Health and Human Rights (ISHHR).  (excerpts from brochure)

3. Universal Declaration of Ethical Principles of Psychologists (UDEPP) (  The UDEPP was adopted by the International Union of Psychological Science and the Inernational Association of Applied Psychology "at the International Congress of Psychology in Berlin in July 2008. This achievement came after a six-year development process involving careful research and broad international consultation, conducted under the auspices of both international organizations. [It] describes those ethical principles that are based on shared human values. It reaffirms the commitment of the psychology community to help build a better world where peace, freedom, responsibility, justice, humanity, and morality will prevail. Promoting the new universal declaration promises to be a contribution to the creation of a global society based on respect and caring for individuals and peoples. Of course, the development and adoption of a declaration like this one is like planting seeds -- it will require continued nurturing to reach its full potential."  its four broad principles are: Respect for the dignity of persons and people, Competent caring for the wellbeing of persons and peoples, Integrity, Professional and scientific responsibilities to society. Click here for more background information: (

Final Thought

Enjoy this vintage music video:
What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
"I see friends...really saying 'I love you.' "
Our developing field of member care needs "good learners-practitioners" who are growing in their character (virtues), competency (skills), and compassion (love). We need to be willing to "cross domains" (e.g., international health and humanitarian sectors), "cross disciplines" (e.g., human resources, personnel management), and "cross deserts" (e.g., internal journeys of faith and external settings of difficulty) in order to work effectively. We must grow together through the hard times. As earthen vessels we must develop the personal resiliency and mature faith that can sustain us as we take risks and resolutely confront evil in its many forms. Let us do all we can to make this a wonderful world for all. (Adapted from Global Member Care, 2011, p. 223)

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