Member Care Associates -- MC Resource Update

April 2017 -- Number 96

Member Care Update--April 2017
Expanding the global impact of member care

Re-Member Care
Tributes to MC Pioneers-Developers

Remember your church, Lord, to deliver it from all evil
and to make it perfect in your love; and gather it, the one that has been sanctified,
from the four winds into your kingdom, which you have prepared for it;
for yours is the power and the glory forever
Didache 10:5

Remember me, O my God, for good,
according to all that I have done for this people. 

Nehemiah 5:19 NASB
This Update focuses on some amazing people--remembering several deceased colleagues who have been instrumental in pioneering and developing member care. It includes a photo of each colleague and a link to our MCA website to access information about their lives (several links to tributes/short histories). Although they are no longer with us on the earth, their voices and examples still speak clearly to us today. We miss them dearly, yet know they are in the best of care as they are "away from the body and at home with the Lord" (2 Cor. 5:8, NIV). We finish the Update with an invitation to journey further into member care by engaging with an article that overviews 100 years of member care history. Re-member care!
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Re-Member Care
Tributes to MC Pioneers and Developers

Precious in the sight of the Lord
is the death of his faithful servants.

Psalm 116:15, NIV

Links to the tributes are on the MCA website:
Take time to look at their faces. Recall some of your memories of them. 
And honor them and learn from them by reading and reflecting about their lives.

So teach us to number our days
that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.

Psalm  90:12

clyde aqustin  Photo of Larry and Lois Dodds. Larry died June 9, 2008.  
Clyde Austin (1931-2014)             Larry Dodds (died 2008)

kath donovan foto  Feiker0927.tif_013013
Kath Donovan (1931-2014)                   James Feiker  (1941-2012)

stan lindquist  Clyde_Narramore01

Stanley Lindquist (1917-2013)              Clyde Narramore (1916-2015)


      Ron Noll (1936-2004)           David Pollock (1939-2004)

Elsie Purnell foto  Ken-married-11-226x300
Elsie Purnell (1934-2005)           Ken Williams (1932-2013)

Please contact us if there is another person or tributes to also include.

For more information and perspectives on member care history,
The Missional Heart of Member Care (IBMR, April 2015) and the plenary presentation
(power point) at the Middle East Member Care Consultation on “
Doing Member Care Well: Past, Present, and Future Perspectives” (September 2016).

Personal Reflections
Journeying into Member Care--with Jesus! 


I am the resurrection and the life.
The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 
and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.
Do you believe this? John 11:25-26 NIV

We want to invite you to continue in the "re-member care" flow of this Update by journeying further into our member care history. Knowing our history can provide encouragement to persevere in our lives and work as well as important perspectives for supporting the church’s endeavors to share the Good News and do good works among all peoples. 

One way to undertake this historical journey is to download, reflect on, and interact with the article,
The Missional Heart of Member Care (IBMR, April 2015). Starting in the pre-1960 era and traveling into the mid-2010s, the article highlights trends in member care development and features commentary around a selection of core quotes from some of the outstanding colleagues who have contributed to the development of the member care field. Their exemplary lives of faith in action and the compelling voices in their writings still speak clearly and powerfully to us today (Heb. 11:4). For us personally, more than anything, they point us to their relationship with the Resurrection and the Life--Jesus Christ--for whom they lived and with whom they and we will live forever.
Ad majorem Dei gloriam.

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Member Care Associates

Member Care Associates is a non-profit, Christian organisation based in Geneva and the USA. We provide and develop supportive resources for workers and organizations in the mission, humanitarian, and development sectors. Our services include consultation, training, research, and publications. We also work in the areas of global mental health and integrity/anti-corruption.

Global Integration (GI)
GI is a framework that guides our work as we actively integrate our lives with global realities. It helps us to connect relationally and contribute relevantly on behalf of human wellbeing and the major issues facing humanity, in light of our integrity and core values (e.g., ethical, humanitarian, faith-based) for God's glory.

More MCA Resources 
Global Portal for Good Practice (our main website)
Reflections, Research, and Resources for Good Practice (weblog)
Global Mental Health: A Global Map for a Global Movement (website)
Global Integration: Common Ground-Common Good (updates, materials, webinars) 
Global Member Care: (volume one): The Pearls and Perils of Good Practice (2011)
(e-book version is available on Amazon)
Global Member Care (volume two): Crossing Sectors for Serving Humanity (2013)
(e-book version is available on Amazon)


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