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EMCC 2022

RELATIONSHIPS IN A WORLD OF CONFLICT AND CHAOS

Loving God, your neighbor, yourself and your enemy

 

Plenaries

Harry Hoffmann (Germany) is founder of several member care centers in China and Thailand, and coordinator of the Global Member Care Network. He has degrees is Chinese Studies, Theology & Leadership and Conflict Management.  Drawing on 26 years of cross-cultural experience in Asia the red thread in his life is a passion to invest into emerging National Mission Movements, develop Member Care resources and assist Business As Mission (BAM) start-ups. Since the start of the pandemic Harry has produced numerous free online Member Care & BAM courses that have been watched by over 10,000 people from around the world and translated into several languages. 

Mihai Lundell served for twenty years in Romania where he helped form a national Member Care network, before he and his wife Tammy accepted a new challenge in Genova, Italy caring for and coming alongside local pastors and Christian leaders. As a member of the European Member Care Board, Mihai works to build Member Care awareness and networks in eastern and central European countries that are just beginning to understand the need for MC. He is passionate about building bridges between new and old generations and making sure the voices of eastern europe are heard and respected. He serves with One Challenge on their Europe Area Team.

Christine Schuppener has been involved in cross-cultural work since 1993. She has lived with her family in four different countries. In 2007, she started Schuppener-Global-Transitions, together with her husband. Since 2012, she is one of the course tutors for the Advanced Vocational Training Intercultural Coach in Germany and England. Christine is fond practitioner of Logotherapie. To work with people from so many cultures is her passion and a great privilege for her. Finding ways creatively is a life motto for her. 

Anne Reitsema is the Medair’s International Programmes Director. Medair is a Christian Humanitarian Organisation.  Anne joined Medair in 2004 and has since led programmes in Zimbabwe, Angola, Uganda, Sudan, South Sudan. In 2019, Anne became International Programmes Director overseeing all of Medair’s programmes globally, including organisational sectoral expertise, global emergency response and security management.  Before joining Medair, Anne worked as a social worker and counsellor. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a master’s degree in Counselling.   

 

 

Bible readings

Jonathan Ward is involved in the Federation of Francophone Evangelical Missions and its member care network (www.resam.fr), and he serves at a retreat centre in France dedicated to caring for pastors and cross-cultural workers (www.pierresvivantes.org). He and his wife Rachel were raised on the mission fields of France and Angola respectively. They have three adult children.

Workshops

Alex Galloway is a licensed Clinical Psychologist providing training and counseling to cross-cultural workers in high-risk areas. He co-leads SentWell, a multidisciplinary team of therapists, spiritual directors, coaches and trainers living in community in Southern Spain. Alex has specialized interest in trauma recovery, sexuality, internet addiction and the holistic care of God’s people. He enjoys encouraging, equipping, and empowering those who minister on the “front lines.” He is married with three “adulting” daughters.

Christian Quartier is married to Simone and is father of 3 adult TCK. He is passionate about strengthening, resourcing and empowering cross-cultural Workers and their families through debriefing, critical incident debriefing and brief counselling. Restoring a sense of peace (shalom and wholeness) in their lives when that peace has been disturbed or shattered is at the core his ministry. He is also active in membercare training and consultancy.

Egbert lives in Europe and serves cross-cultural workers, mostly in Asia and Africa, through coordinating Member care for an international agency and as a spiritual director and debriefer. Susan also lives in Europe and together with her husband provides soul care for global workers who live in challenging contexts. A teacher at heart, Susan enjoys combining her love of teaching with her love of spiritual direction. She is trained as both a director and supervisor through Sustainable Faith and is a member of Barnabas International. Egbert and Susan are member care colleagues. Due to the countries they work in and privacy reasons we are not able to use their picture nor last names online.

John Harris, an Australian, has served with International Teams since 2001, both in Ukraine and The Netherlands. He is married to Kathy and has two adult sons. John serves as Field Coordinator for iTeams Netherlands and is also active in training missionaries and providing member care.

Marion Knell has been involved in Member Care at European and Global levels for a number of years and founded the MA in Member Care at Recliffe College. She consults and trains with the Refugee Highway Partnership on trauma care for refugees and refugee staff care. Marion has authored an on-line Refugee Worker training with Redcliffe College.

Maryann Richard originally from the USA, married a Brit, lived in Nepal (9 yrs) raising a family and worked part-time training Nepalese nurses in Counselling skills and was the Expat therapist. Now in the UK, she works privately, specializing in EMDR trauma therapy for children, adolescents & adults. She taught on the MA in Member Care course and on the Re-entry & Retirement courses at Penhurst. She is now Semi-Retired and is recovering from the unsettled journey that issues of ageing, decreased capacity & her capable husband’s ‘stressful work & retirement issues’ brought into their relationship. Ageing & Retirement aren’t necessarily easy! Let’s NOT be the person or couple who got stuck there!

Rafael Năstase is a missionary who served with his wife Alice, seven years in Republic of Moldova, being involved with Operation Mobilisation (OM) in church planting, discipleship and mobilizing churches for missions. Returning in his home country, Romania, he stepped in the leadership position from 2007-2019 as National Director of OM. Now he coordinates the church relation department of OM in Romania and is the national member care facilitator. Rafael has a BA in Philosophy and Journalism and got a master in Theology at Baptist faculty. Being born in a Romani (Gypsy) family he is passionate working towards getting his doctorate in ecclesiology and ethnography at the University of Bucharest, researching on the role of the church in transforming Roma communities.

Reidun Haugen Dalseth is a board member of Member Care Europe and of mission boards in Norway. She is thankful for the opportunity to mentor/coach missionaries serving in many countries through different net-based platforms.

Stefana Racorean is a marriage & family therapist and trainer, working in Romania where she is serving individuals, couples and families. She was interested in finding ways of integrating her faith with her profession since she was studying psychology. Recently, she also got her masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Wheaton College, USA. She currently works with a Christian non-profit serving a population that deals with addictions. She has her own private practice where she sees clients who are believers and non-believers. She is also working towards getting her doctorate in Theology at the University of Bucharest, working on the integration of faith and mental illness.

Amrei Wehmeyer has been working with DMG interpersonal and TEAM in Portugal since 1991. She is currently leading the Member Care Center ReCanto da Fonte in Lourinhã on the Silver Coast of Portugal. Amrei is also a board member of Member Care Europe.

Maria Techow is a Clinical Psychologist in Denmark with a heart for mission. In her working life she is the head of department for Psychiatry & Existence, and Competence Unit for Expats at Center for Family Development. She has been working with mission organizations for more than 12 yeas, screening candidates for the mission fields, offering crisis counselling and online therapy and helping families in their re-entry process. She is the mother of four, a writer and a speaker in various Christian settings. Maria is also a board member of Member Care Europe.

 

Pre-EMCC Introduction to Member Care event 

Guille Eddy (born in Cuba and raised in Panama) has been ministering in Spain since 1980. He has his undergraduate degree in Biology and two masters in Anthropology. Since the year 2000 Guille and his wife Maria Ester have been involved in member care to Spanish pastors and Latin American missionaries in Spain through the ministry they started called Operación Bernabé.  Since 2004 they have been involved in member care for Latin American TCKs through the camp they run yearly, El KampaCTC, and through workshops they give for the parents of these TCKs. In 2013 Guile published the first book in Spanish dealing with the care of Latin TCK´s (Hijos de una Tierra sin Nombre). Guille and Maria Ester have three daughters, a son in law and two grandchildren.

 

 

 

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