As Member Care providers we need to care for the whole family. If one person in the family is not thriving, the whole family is suffering. How can we see if a child or teenagers is not doing well? How do we support the parents in parenting the MK? How can we support the children and teenagers? When should we ask for professional help? When is it time for the family to leave the field?
Art, creativity, and imagination can all be a renewing, restoring, and challenging part of our spiritual formation. Come for a day of quiet, reflection, and creativity. Skilled or not skilled in art - this is for you! The time will be largely structured. Art materials, coffee break, and a simple lunch will be included.
Narramore Christian Foundation is hosting this seminar designed for cross-cultural workers—those who would like to develop their member care skills or develop member care within their context or for their company, pastors, administrators, team leaders, and those who counsel and listen to people—this intensive training offers practical psychological insights and counseling techniques with a strong integration of biblical and theological truth. Daily worship, individual consultation, networking, and daily breakout groups to apply and practice what is learned make this a rich and life-changing experience.
You are invited to a 2 night/2 day retreat designed to lead you into quiet in order to return to the Lord, rest, let your trust deepen and be strengthened and rescued. (Is. 30:15) A few spiritual disciplines will be introduced/practiced: morning, noon, mid afternoon and evening prayers; the examen; breath prayers; imaginative prayer; etc. Some art supplies will be included, but art will not be the primary focus. The theme: Is. 30:15 & Advent - preparing for His Coming.
In Meditative Art we still our hearts and engage in the creative process of writing, painting, making collage etc., all to make space for God to reveal His love and guidance in our lives. It is all about connecting with God, and spending time with Him. This process will also give us deeper knowledge about ourselves. There will be big periods of time spent in silence, including some of the meals, but there will also be time for sharing. The days will start and end with times of worship, focusing on Psalms 52:8.
This is a one-week intensive course that is designed to increase awareness of clinical knowledge from the mental health professions for best practices in missionary care. Common clinical disorders in the missions context will be examined to develop skill to identify how disorders impact relational, spiritual, and psychological dynamics. Member Care Specialists will be exposed to how to assist workers and when a referral is necessary. Existing care resources will be explored with instruction on how to make an informed referral. Coaching skills will be taught in class to prepare students to do personal enrichment with cross-cultural workers as different modalities of care play a role in missionary care applications.
Are you struggling with sexual thoughts and actions that you are ashamed of? Would you like to see those areas of your life change? Maybe it is time to take seriously the reality that you need to connect with others to find help to overcome these issues. In conjunction with your own personal counseling, this weekly group meeting focuses on honestly relating with each other to share and reflect on sexual arousal addiction. The Connection group is confidential, fee based, and consistently looks at understanding how to overcome sexual impulses using a proven model emphasizing a Biblical world view.
Our Debriefing workshop is a structured four day event designed to facilitate understanding and closure in the midst of transition. Individuals process what they have experienced in a myriad of ways. This includes constructing timelines, education, and verbal processing. We have found taking time to debrief helps enable individuals to move forward. Whether you have just come onto the field, or are preparing for a new adventure, we invite you to join us for four days of Christ focused reflecting, debriefing, and group activities.
A great time for families with children ages 4-20 to reflect on the impact transitions have had in their lives! This is for families who have gone through or will go through transition. It doesn’t matter if you have just moved to Chiang Mai, if you have been here for a while, or if you are preparing to leave.
Come, listen and interact with God and build community with others through the medium of Contemplative Collage. Collage is art for non-artists. Collage can get under the radar of our strong left-brained selves to our inner selves. Collage is communication through images, metaphors and symbols.
As we still our hearts and engage in the creative process, we make space for God to reveal His love and guidance in our lives. The day starts with a Bible passage, prayer and short body relaxation, followed by instructions for the theme of the day. You do not need art experience. It is all about connecting with God, and spending time with Him.
What can you do to protect your family’s health while living in Chiang Mai? During her 22 years in Chiang Mai, Lori Rowe has had first hand experience with many aspects of the Thai medical system. First and foremost, she raised 3 sons. As a Registered Nurse with a Masters in Public Health Nursing, she works on AIDS preventions among ethnic minorities. Lori is part of the Birthing Support Team that has helped hundreds of families give birth in Chiang Mai. She is also part of the Health Network which helps people navigate the Thai medical system.
Understanding the Do’s and Don’ts of a culture is a significant part of settling into a new location. However if you don’t understand the roots of the cultural practices, you may feel awkward and confused. Join us to gain insight into Thai heritage and how it affects daily life.
Women work really hard at the lives they lead – striving to be the best students, wives, moms, professionals, volunteers, all around good people - they feel they should and could be. However, below the surface activity, there is a current issuing from the deep places of every woman out of which her dreams, longings, fears, passions…flow – seldom addressed, rarely touched. We are even more convinced of the depths of God – His moving on our behalf – always at work, always pursuing, loving, longing for us. Out of this growing awareness has been an equally growing passion in our hearts to provide a safe place, time and experience where women can get away and get quiet for long enough to receive God’s touch and to relax into His Current. The result is a women’s weekend retreat called Cur•rent for Women.
As time approaches for home assignment, many cross-cultural workers feel the burden of leaving their ministry, to reconnect with their home culture, to get ready for talks, to face the many changes ahead... What if you could take time to think through what home assignment means, how to connect well with your partners, prepare materials you can use and be inspired by the resources available? And if you could do this in a group setting where you learn from others and benefitfrom group discussions on relevant topics?
This training is for Christians who are interested in developing biblical counseling skills. You will learn foundational counseling skills of listening, responding, and asking questions, and how to adapt these principles to Thai culture.
The Well International is hosting an extraordinary luncheon for organizational leaders and member care providers this Feb. 7th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. I would be very pleased to have you join me for this special time of all who provide member care to come together for a time of sharing, networking, learning and praying together.
A training seminar to equip service providers with an understanding of whole person care and basic mental health/illness. It emphasizes emotional trauma, anxiety, depression and all forms of stress. Special populations such as women, children, homeless, prisoners, combatants and refugees are also covered. Taught by Dr. Lyn Westman and her team.
Dr. Lyn has been with Mercy Ships since 1997. As a clinical psychologist and ordained minister she has had 20 years of practice and experience in the developing world. This seminar is a valuable resource for those seeking greater effectiveness in bringing mental and emotional well being to others. Taught from a Christian worldview, it is also applicable for those of other faiths.
Welcome to Chiang Mai. If you’ve recently arrived, you have many questions on how to not merely survive, but thrive in Chiang Mai. Where do I find _______? How do I ______? What’s the correct way to _________? The Well and Chiang Mai Community Church invite you toan orientation session where you can ask all your questions, network with others, and obtain helpful resources such as Helpful Hints for Getting Settled in Chiang Mai. Whether you are new to Chiang Mai and would like to get answers to some of your questions or just love Chiang Mai and would like to share some of your positive and helpful experiences, please join us. This is also a great opportunity to meet new friends.
Are you an adult Third Culture Kid (ATCK)? Do you want to meet with others with a similar experience OF belonging everywhere and nowhere?
Ulrika Ernvik is inviting you to an ATCK evening, January 12 in the evening. Contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
How do we build the family we so much long for, and want to have?
How can we offer each other grace and support in the midst of daily stress and challenges?
How do we set up boundaries around ourselves, and our families, so we can also be more closely connected to each other?
A weekend to be rejuvenated spiritually and physically alongside women from all over Chiang Mai and beyond. Take this chance to experience and draw closer to the God of Wonders. There will be a good mix of worship, input from speakers (Jenni Jessen and Rachel Ford) on the God of Wonders, electives and opportunities for personal retreat. You are free to select the aspects of the program suited to your needs. Age range starts with high school seniors.
No one will outlive death. Eventually we are all confronted with grief as we mourn the loss of someone who is part of our lives. We can be immobilized and overwhelmed by our own grief. We feel helpless and don’t know how to respond to others who are grieving. Whether you are grieving your own loss of a loved one or know someone else who has lost someone dear to them... here is an opportunity to be equipped to understand grief and share in their grief. Come learn what goes on when a person goes through grief.
Of Mission Agencies and Christian Organizations
As we navigate through various countries, we often encounter the sign - "Mind The Gap". It is a way of warning unsuspecting passengers of a potential danger as they proceed on their journey. In the years that The Well has been in existence, we have had the privilege of working with many organizations. (98 just last year). As we have worked with various organizations, we have noticed that sometimes there is a "gap" or a disconnect between the services that The Well would like to provide to organizations and their personnel, and being able to get that message to leaders in their organizations.
Sometimes we find ourselves perplexed in a helping situation gone awry with misunderstanding and questions. We overlook an important cross-cultural perspective that is often in the room but unseen. This seminar seeks to provide practical help for member care workers in understanding those we help but more importantly growing in our own self-awareness and sensitivity.