Here are some excerpts from OCMC Missionary Director, Dcn. James Nicholas letter announcing the new Missionary Care Coordinator position to be filled by Geoff Whiteman.
Dear Missionaries, Candidates, and Mission Specialists:
Christ is in our midst!
I have some exciting news to share with you! As you know, we have been working very diligently to make continual improvements to our evaluation and orientation programs for the selection and training of long-term missionaries. However, a missionary’s success is not determined solely by having the right credentials, skills, and advance preparation. In addition to these things, and good oversight and guidance from the Mission Center, there is the ever-important component of care. If we approach “care” in a holistic way, then we must consider the wellbeing of body, soul, and spirit of the missionary. The responsibility for this is certainly a mutual one; but, if left unattended, it can impair your service as a missionary. In fact, your ongoing success (and tenure) as a missionary to a very large extent is affected by this.
What are we proposing?
We are proposing a more formal effort to address the various dimensions of missionary care to produce healthier and happier missionaries and missionary families who are better equipped to serve for longer periods in the field.
Who will coordinate such aprogram?
Geoff Whiteman, whom most of you know, will be re-joining our staff on a part-time basis as a Missionary Care Coordinator to help initiate this program. Geoff, like our missionaries, will be personally raising the funds to support himself, and his related expenses, for this position. Geoff previously served at OCMC during 2007 – 2010 and is familiar with all aspects of our recruiting, training, and field work. Geoff grew up as a “missionary kid” living in five foreign countries. His career desire is to serve in the field of missiology and so he left OCMC a couple of years ago to pursue further education to equip himself to become more proficient in the areas of preparing and caring for missionaries. Geoff has now completed a MA degree (cum laude) in Marriage and Family Therapy. He is continuing with a research degree (ThM) in Missiology this fall. As part of his therapy licensing, he is required to complete a set number of client andsupervision hours which will be accomplished through this program at OCMC.
Again, we want each of you to be healthy, happy, well-supported, and successful in this holy vocation you have chosen.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Your servant in Christ,
Dn. James Nicholas