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Introducing Jiska

My name is Jiska Chin-A-Teh – Schuurmans. I’m 36 years old and I live in The Netherlands in a little village called Moordrecht, together with my husband Curly and our 8-year-old son Jayden. In 1989, at the age of 6, I moved with my family to Surinam (South America) as the daughter of missionaries Marco and Marjolein Schuurmans, where I lived for eleven years until our return in 2000. After my return I experienced what it’s like to return from the mission field as a Third Culture Kid. Having to ground again in an environment everyone speaks of as home, but which no longer felt to me like home.

After my Bachelor in Business Administration I started working as a project & account manager for a Dutch IT-company. Even though I enjoyed my job I was always looking for more satisfaction in work and life and ways to contribute to God’s kingdom. Since 2013, I’m involved in the Mission & Evangelism team within our Church. In addition, I am a member of the support teams of two missionary couples (working in Brazil and Suriname). I have a passion and heart for mission, in other words I guess you could say, mission is part of my DNA.

Since February 2020 I started working for MissieNederland (the Dutch EMA) as Relations manager Church & Global missions. In addition, I was appointed as Coordinator for MemberCare Netherlands and therefore joined the Board of MemberCare Europe. For me it’s a real privilege being able to call my passion my work and I look forward working together with other MemberCare professionals in the care for our missionary workers!


The COACH Model for Christian Leaders

In the new revised & expanded edition of the best-selling book, The COACH Model® for Christian Leaders, leadership expert, Dr. Keith Webb, teaches Christian leaders how to create powerful conversations to assist others to solve their own problems, reach goals, and develop your own leadership skills in the process.

The COACH Model® is a radically different approach to leading people. Rather than provide answers, ask questions to draw out what God has already put into others.

Learn how to:

  • Solve problems without having all the answers.
  • Help others take responsibility for themselves.
  • Ask powerful questions that stimulate creative thinking.
  • Empower others with a less directive style.
  • Create laser focus on what’s most important.
  • Support others to take forward-moving action.

Based on first-hand experience and taught around the world, The COACH Model® for Christian Leaders is packed with stories and illustrations that bring the principles and practices to life to transform your conversations into powerful results.

This new, revised and expanded edition incorporates newer, more effective ways of teaching the content. Each chapter focusing on integrating coaching skills into day-to-day leadership roles has been expanded. Overall, there is 21% more text than the previous edition.

Pre-order before October 15, 2019 to receive exclusive bonuses.

Third Culture Kids: A Gift To Care For

A new book about Third Culture Kids has just been published by Family Therapist Ulrika Ernvik (from The Well Int’l), with a foreword by Ruth E. Van Reken.  The title is Third Culture Kids – A Gift To Care For.  The book includes 56 chapters of what parents, sending agencies and the TCKs themselves can do to make the third culture experience a good one!  Each chapter includes an interactive activity to help process and prepare TCKs.  It is available through Amazon as a paperback and e-book.

Online training for refugee workers (UK)

Amidst the recent increased awareness of the plight of refugees and asylum seekers from places such as Syria, Afghanistan and South Sudan, thousands have responded to the call of providing love, support and practical assistance. But face-to-face with intense trauma and dependency, how do we build resilience in those working with refugees?

Redcliffe’s Refugee Worker Online Training aims to provide an opportunity to consider those working with refugees, as well as the refugees themselves, and offers vital tools for ensuring that your team remain healthy and able to respond to the needs of those they serve.

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Receiving Them Well

Receiving Them Well is a guide on how to support missionaries when they return, which is now available online. We gathered insight from multiple people and used our own experience to write a book that provides practical advice, good questions to ask and useful information to help care for your missionaries well.

The Art of Transition

A creative approach to navigating the “in-between seasons” using art & movement, this is a ‘virtual’ workshop of 5 Fridays for people in major life transition utilizing art and movement.

To find out more, click here.

Love Across Latitudes

LALLove Across Latitudes, a work-book for those considering a cross-cultural marriage, aims to give couples a way to set good foundations for a long-term relationship using text, quotes, stories and questions to stimulate discussion and reflection. Written originally for those with long term commitment to serving outside their home countries, it has also been used by counsellors, parents, friends and churches with internationals in their congregations.

It can be obtained both in book format or as a Kindle and I-book by contacting  Gilead Books or by ordering through good online bookstores.

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