NCF supports non-profit international centers in Thailand, Turkey, Kenya, and Ghana that provide Christian counsel, guidance, and education to missionaries, cross-cultural workers, and non-government organization workers and their families.
NCF’s vision to creatively and intentionally care well for pastors and missionaries began with Dr. Clyde Narramore in the 1960s. Dr. Bruce and Kathy Narramore and many others who have served with NCF have carried that vision further.
Sadly, far too many missionaries receive little or no member care, that is, “pastoral care and personal development…for their nurture and development over the course of the life span as cross-cultural workers” (WEC). The “ongoing preparation, equipping, and empowering of missionaries for effective and sustainable life, ministry, and work” (WEA Global Member Care Network) with investment of resources by churches and agencies is often minimal or lacking completely.
NCF leaders recognized this acute need and acted on it. In 2004, NCF helped to develop and establish Cornerstone Counseling Center in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Now known as Cornerstone Counseling Foundation, NCF continues to support this dynamic ministry serving Christian cross-cultural workers in Southeast Asia and beyond, and the people of Thailand.
In 2014, Olive Tree Counseling Center was established in Antalya, Turkey. With NCF’s support in the vision and planning, Olive Tree Counseling Center is thriving as a site of hope and healing for Kingdom workers throughout Eurasia.
Cornerstone Counseling Foundation, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Cornerstone is a ministry that the Narramore Christian Foundation helped to found. Its staff of professional therapists and psychiatrist currently serves 500 or more missionary families and individuals each year. The majority of those are served at Cornerstone’s counseling center in Chiang Mai, but others are seen when staff therapists travel to Southeast Asian countries to consult, lecture, and participate in seminars, retreats, and training programs. The range of services includes individual and couples therapy, crisis intervention and trauma counseling, psychotropic medication recommendations and management, assessment of children and adults, including assessment for learning disorders and academic performance issues, and consultation with agency leaders and team consultations.
Cornerstone has a multi-disciplinary staff that has included a psychiatrist and clinical psychologists, social workers, and counselors. Cornerstone is always on the lookout for qualified Christian therapists with a desire to serve the Lord by serving missionaries and their families. Because there are two large international schools in Chiang Mai, as well as many home-schooling families who seek Cornerstone’s services, Cornerstone would especially love to have one or two additional clinical staff with special expertise in working with children and adolescents. Cornerstone is also looking for an Executive Director. www.ccfthailand.org
Olive Tree Counseling Center (OTCC), Antalya, Turkey
Olive Tree Counseling Center is a Christian professional counseling and consultation center that provides mental health counseling, crisis response, preventative workshops, and consultation to expatriate workers and organizations throughout Eurasia, the Middle East, and North Africa. In a region of the world that often involves risk, trauma, ministry challenges, and difficult living situations, there is a significant need for care.
The counseling team is composed of licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, and clinical social workers. They provide assessments, crisis debriefing, and trauma counseling. They work with individual adults, couples, adolescents and children. Brief intensive therapeutic services are provided daily over a two or three week period. Most of the work is done at the counseling center, but staff are also available to travel for crisis response, training, and, when possible, to provide counseling on location. They also provide consultation for administrators, counselors, and member care workers. Staff members are available to present workshops on requested topics such as living with uncertainty, a theology of suffering, stress management, marriage enrichment, parenting, team building, conflict resolution, and work-rest balance. http://olivetreecounseling.org.
For more information about the services that OTCC can provide, or if you would like to inquire about joining the OTCC team of therapists, contact John Leverington, Director, by e-mail at email@example.com. OTCC is looking for one additional, experienced therapist.
Tumaini Counselling Centre, Nairobi, Kenya
Tumaini is a Christian counseling center located on the outskirts of Nairobi. It is staffed by SIL and AIM International, two agencies with a long history of outreach in Africa. The staff includes psychiatrists, psychologists, and counselors, all of whom have the appropriate professional licenses in their home countries. Tumaini staff offers a variety of services including assessment, crisis intervention, consultation, psycho-educational seminars, medication, and psychotherapy. Although most of their work is carried on from their center, some of their staff occasionally travel to other areas of Africa to offer consultations and crisis intervention and response. Tumaini periodically has needs for additional staff including those who are experienced in assessment and counseling of children and teenagers, marriage and family therapy, individual therapy with adults, and outpatient psychiatric assessment and treatment. www.tumainicounselling.net.
Mobile Member Care Team (MMCT), Accra, Ghana
MMCT is a ministry founded by Dr. Karen Carr. Unlike Tumaini and Cornerstone, which carry out the bulk of their ministries at their counseling centers, MMCT staff travels extensively throughout French-speaking West Africa. MMCT staff members specialize in crises intervention, consultation, and psycho-educational outreaches, including training missionaries and national Christian leaders in crisis intervention and interpersonal skills. Because its ministry involves a great deal of psycho-educational work, MMCT does not limit its staff to licensed psychotherapists. Psychologically sensitive individuals with good relational skills and an ability to be trainers will find a good fit in MMCT’s ministry.
MMCT is currently developing mobile teams to serve in other areas of the world and is looking for several additional staff during the next few years. www.mmct.org