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Update December 2013

Member Care in Mission/Aid

Global Member Care (volume two):
Crossing Sectors for Serving Humanity 

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Just Released!

We are delighted to announce that our new book is now available! Global Member Care (volume two): Crossing Sectors for Serving Humanity pulls together our experience over the last several years in the international community (United Nations. World Health Organization, International NGOs etc.). It presents crucial resources, perspectives, and directions to support your work in member care and mission/aid. More information about the book, contents, and ordering it is below and on the Global MCA website ( We would be very grateful if you would pass on this announcement to your colleagues and networks. Thanks for spreading the word!

Warm greetings from Geneva,
Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell


This book is a summons, a stimulus, and a springboard
to cross sectors in new ways on behalf of mission/aid workers
and in light of the major issues facing humanity.


Volume 2 in the Global Member Care series, Crossing Sectors for Serving Humanity, is part of an ongoing effort to help us keep current with both our globalizing world and the global field of member care. It is designed for those with member care responsibility who want to develop their member care skills in light of the major challenges affecting the world. The goal is to encourage us all to “broaden our experiential boundaries”: to take advantage of the wealth of opportunities for connecting and contributing to various international sectors on behalf of the diversity of remarkable people who serve in mission/aid as well as on behalf of humanity itself.


This volume can be used as a state-of-the-art text for training purposes in universities, mission/aid/development settings, and as a handbook for member care workers, sending groups, and those with member care responsibility. It not only provides valuable content but also models the value of crossing into other sectors as we seek to integrate our work/lives more globally.


Crossing Sectors points us to the raison de être for our mission/aid efforts: improving the lives of fellow-humans, many who are impoverished, devoid of basic human rights, and living in places beset with protracted calamities, intractable conflicts, injustice and inequities. We sincerely hope that this core compilation of solid materials will both inspire and instruct our colleagues around the world in their member care work and service to humanity, especially on behalf of vulnerable people everywhere.

Contents--35 chapters
Part One: Overview
Crossing Sectors to Serve Humanity
Part Two: Good Practice in the Humanitarian Sector
Connections and Contributions for Serving Humanity
Part Three: Good Practice in the Human Health Sector
Connections and Contributions for Serving Humanity
Part Four: Good Practice in the Human Resources Sector

Connections and Contributions for Serving Humanity




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Crossing Sectors for Serving Humanity makes a profound contribution to all who are helping to make the world a better, safer, and healthier place. The member care movement has truly come of age with this book. Ted Lankester, MD, Director of Health Services, InterHealth Worldwide; Director of Community Health Global Network


This inspired book guides us into many of the complex challenges facing humanity and highlights the increasing relevance of multi-sectoral member care in addressing these challenges. Alison Schafer, Senior Program Advisor for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS); World Vision Australia/International


The O'Donnells excel yet again in ...expanding our thinking and skill sets. Get ready to head into the next phase of member care—and into the heart of global issues and opportunities! Ruth E. Van Reken, co-author Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds, co-founder Families in Global Transition conference

Order directly from the publisher:
Retail price: $24.99
WCL price (20% off retail price): $19.99
Three or more books (40% off retail price): $14.99

More Reasons for Getting this Book and Sharing it Widely 

We compiled Crossing Sectors for Serving Humanity to extend the reach and relevance of global member care and to help connect colleagues with key developments in our globalizing world. We did so with five goals in mind:

• To support mission/aid workers in their well-being and effectiveness

• To equip mission/aid workers with tools and opportunities for their work with others

• To equip member caregivers who directly work with vulnerable populations and others

• To support colleagues in other sectors via materials in the member care field

• To stay informed as global citizens about current and crucial issues facing humanity.


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