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Missionaries, Mental Health, and Accountability

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Foreword 1—Paul and Lila Balisky
Foreword 2—Jeong-Ho Chae
Foreword 3—Malcolm McGregor
Foreword 4—Scott Moreau
Foreword 5—Timothy Kiho Park
Foreword 6—Timothy Tennent
Preface 1—Jinbong Kim
Preface2 —Jonathan J. Bonk
BIBLE STUDIES
  1. Elijah and the Healing of Depression and Fear—Christopher J. H. Wright
  2. Jeremiah and the Healing of Disillusionment, Bitterness, and Self-Pity —Christopher J. H. Wright
  3. Peter and the Healing of Failure and Guilt —Christopher J. H. Wright
SECTION 1: Missionary Disillusion, Discouragement, and Depression
1. Finding a Way Through the Darkness of . . . Despair, Discouragement, Disillusionment, Despondency, and Disappointment—Ruth L. Maxwell
Response to “Finding a Way Through the Darkness of . . . Despair, Discouragement, Disillusionment, Despondency, and Disappointment”—Kyungwha Hong 
2. A Journey Toward Korean Missionaries’ Mental Health—Do Bong Kim
Response to “A Journey Toward Korean Missionaries’ Mental Health—Thomas Kemper 
3. Missionary Anger: A Korean Cultural Perspective—Jonathan S. Kang
Response to “Missionary Anger: A Korean Cultural Perspective”—Barbara Hüfner-Kemper
4. Navigating the Challenges in International Missions—Soohyun Kim
Response to “Navigating the Challenges in International Missions”—Patricia Lucille Toland
SECTION 2: Missionary Relational Dynamics and Tensions
5. Marital Conflict within Korean Missionary Couples —Hyun-Sook Lee
Response to “Marital Conflict within Korean Missionary Couples”—Ben Torrey
6. Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Missionary Children’s Mental Health—Nancy A. Crawford
Response to “Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Missionary Children’s Mental Health”—Jenny H. Pak
7. Sexual Addiction: The Beauty and Brokenness of Sex—Richard Winter
Response to “Sexual Addiction: The Beauty and Brokenness of Sex”—Sun Man Kim
SECTION 3: Contextual Contributory Factors in Missionary Mental “Illness”
8. Psychological Stress and Limited Access Area Missionaries—Jeong Hann Kim  
Response to “Psychological Stress and Limited Access Area Missionaries”—Karen F. Carr 
9. A Courageous Call, a Confounding Crisis, and the Contours of Appropriate Care—Stanley W. Green
Response to “A Courageous Call, a Confounding Crisis, and the Contours of Appropriate Care”—Jinsuk Byun and Hyekyung Hong
10. God’s Wounded Servants: Exploring the Lived Experience of Trauma —Young Ok Kim
Response to “God’s Wounded Servants: Exploring the Lived Experience of Trauma”—Pamela Davis
11. Spiritual Resources in Dealing with Trauma—Frauke C. Schaefer and Charles A. Schaefer
Response to “Spiritual Resources in Dealing with Trauma”—Meesaeng Choi and Hunn Choi
12. Happiness Among Korean Missionaries and Organizational Care in the Missions Community—Eunjung Um
Response to “Happiness among Korean Missionaries and Organizational Care in the Missions Community”—Lois A. Dodds
SECTION 4: Resources for Missionary Mental Health Care
13. Organization-Centered Member Health —Brent Lindquist
Response to “Organization-Centered Member Health” —Nam Yong Sung
14. A Study on the Emotional Stress and Mental Health of Retired Korean Missionaries—Jae-Hon Lee and Sung Il Moon
Response to “A Study on the Emotional Stress and Mental Health of Retired Korean Missionaries”—Liz Bendor-Samuel
15. Retirement Plans for Korean Missionaries: A Case Study of NamSeoul Church—Jinbong Kim and J. Nelson Jennings
Response to “Retirement Plans for Korean Missionaries: A Case Study of NamSeoul Church”—Lawrence Fung and John Wang
SECTION 5: Workshop Papers
16. Depression and Lament in the Old and New Testament—Michel G. Distefano
17. Missionary Kids: Who Rocks the Cradle?—Lois A. Dodds
18. How to Build a Multicultural Mission—Opportunities and Challenges: A Case Study of WEC Korea—Kyung Nam Park and Kyoung A Jo
SECTION 6: Concluding Summaries
19. Our Pain Is Not in Vain: A Concluding Summary —Jung-Sook Lee
20. But We Have This Treasure in Jars of Clay . . . Mental Health and God’s Servants: A Concluding Summary —Jonathan J. Bonk
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Support Systems in Churches and Agencies
Jonathan J. Bonk, J. Nelson Jennings, Jinbong Kim, Jae Hoon Lee (editors)
Hope and Help in Member Care.

Culture shock. Marital strife. Depression. Addictions. Disillusionment. Organization and team tensions. Family trauma. Medical issues. This is not what you signed up for when you pursued missions.

Field workers cross-linguistic,  cultural, and ministry boundaries, but they still experience the same mental health challenges as everyone else—and often more. When the missionary unit includes a spouse and children, the complexities multiply as each person undergoes stressors. Needing psychological or psychiatric help too often leads to burnout or worse. It’s time to let go of the stigma and embrace mental health.

Missionaries, Mental Health, and Accountability opens with stories of scriptural saints who also struggled and still made profound impacts for the kingdom. Then, global contributors—comprised of an equal balance of Korean and Western writers—reach into the complexity of missionary mental health with the added component of accountability in church and agency support systems. Specifically, four important areas of missionary mental health are considered: 1) disillusion, discouragement, and depression; 2) relational dynamics and tensions; 3) contributing factors in missionary psychological duress; and, 4)resources and organizational structures that address missionary mental health. Every chapter demonstrates courage, personal conviction, and judicious honesty.

Significant insights provided through case studies, surveys, and personal reflections will offer action steps for increasing mental health awareness and developing mental health best practices for individuals and teams. Written for field workers and those who support them, Missionaries, Mental Health, and Accountability is a critical resource in member care.

Endorsements

  • The mental health issues of missionaries are a topic that rightfully deserves ourattention for missions in the twenty-first century. This publication sheds light on thedark and morbid problems hidden behind the heroic accomplishments far beyondour expectations. Both the missionary and the church communities will find thecandid discussions and the alternatives presented herein vitally indispensable.The comprehensive and professional resources contained in this book unravel aninconvenient truth of missions in our time. All churches that are committed to missions should consult this publication.
    Kyu Sam HanI commend the publication of these honest reflections. This book is an essential resource for leaders of denominations, churches, and mission agencies as they wrestle with the significant challenges of sharing the Good News of Jesus across cultures in the twenty-first century.
  • I commend the publication of these honest reflections. This book is an essential resourcefor leaders of denominations, churches, and mission agencies as they wrestle with thesignificant challenges of sharing the Good News of Jesus across cultures in the twentyfirstcentury.
    Malcolm McGregorformer SIM international director 2003–2013currently, seconded to Langham Scholars as Associate Director for Scholar Care
  • This collection of essays offers a fresh—and much needed—appraisal of the challengesof intercultural Christian ministry, especially in terms of the psychological andinterpersonal challenges that arise. Of special value are the papers dealing with thephenomenal rise and expansion of Korean cross-cultural ministry the past four decades.One hopes this model of ministry will grow as a fruit and witness of the global bodyof Christ.
    Wilbert R. ShenkFuller Graduate School of Intercultural Studies
  • These essays call the church to a new level of “best practices” regarding how we screencandidates for missionary service, the support systems at home and abroad whichsurround the missionary, the intentional provision for space, self-reflection andrenewal, as well as ongoing pastoral care for missionaries and their families. This bookmay challenge our conceptions of what it is like to actually serve as a missionary, butit will be a “balm of Gilead” for those whom we have entrusted with that sacred workto make Christ known among the nations.

    Timothy C. Tennent, PhDpresident, Asbury Theological Seminary

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  • Pages: 348
  • Publisher: William Carey Publishing 
  • Binding: paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-64508-284-2
  • Vendor: William Carey Publishing