Counseling Referrals

Christian counseling for missionaries, integrating Scripture and psychology

Many people contact NCF by telephone, letter, or email to request a referral to a Christian counselor or organization in the USA or overseas for either themselves or others.  When we are given the location of the person or family needing assistance, we will provide suggestions of counselors and organizations to contact.  You may want to consider the services clinicians and organizations:

Alongside – Richland, Michigan

Alongside is a professional counseling ministry dedicated to helping Christian pastors, missionaries, and their families grow in personal wholeness, healthy relationships, and ministry effectiveness. Visit

Dr. Roger Brown – Tumaini Counselling Centre – Nairobi, Kenya

Dr. Brown is a Christian psychiatrist who serves as the Director of Professional Services. Tumaini serves missionaries and Christian cross-cultural workers from throughout Kenya and Eastern Africa.  Visit

Lois Bushong – Fishers, Indiana

Lois, M.S., L.M.F.T., is a missionary kid (MK) who grew up in Central America.  As an adult she returned to Latin America and worked for ten years with an international agency.  Lois is a Marriage and Family Therapist, a member of the adjunct faculty at Indiana Wesleyan University in the Graduate Counseling Department in Indianapolis, Indiana, and a published author. She speaks frequently throughout the United States on counseling and cross-cultural topics, is an expert in counseling adults who were raised outside of their passport country, and frequently works with couples who are in intercultural marriages.  She is fluent in both English and Spanish.  Visit

Dr. Karen Carr – Barnabas International

Dr. Karen Carr is a clinical psychologist serving with Barnabas International. She has served in full-time missionary care since 2000. Karen lived in West Africa for nearly 15 years, providing training and crisis response with the Mobile Member Care Team.  MMCT concluded its work in 2017, but many missionaries who received training in crisis response continue to serve as peer responders in the region.  The Mobile Member Care Team website is still available as a toolbox of resources for anyone involved in caring for missionaries.  Dr. Carr currently lives in Virginia, but continues to work globally with fellow member care providers to provide consultation to mission leaders, develop and facilitate member care trainings, and write resource materials to foster missionary resilience.  

Dr. Charles Chege – Monrovia, California and Kenya

Dr. Chege is co-director of the Global Psychology program within the Department of Graduate Psychology at Azusa Pacific University. Each summer Dr. Chege accompanies students to Kenya to provide hands-on supervision and consultation in interventions and program development for orphans of HIV/AIDs, their families, and other vulnerable children. He has extensive experience in teaching, clinical supervision, and training within the local clinical scientist model. He also conducts numerous trainings in diversity competency in clinical work and supervision. For nearly 20 years Dr. Chege has provided clinical services and held administrative positions in the community mental health field, working with the severely and persistently mentally ill. Since 2000, he has also maintained an active private practice with adolescents, adults, couples, and families. He has a keen interest in integrating faith and clinical practice.  Visit

Dr. Keith Edwards – La Mirada, California

Dr. Edwards is a faculty member at the Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University. He has conducted intensive summer ministries for missionaries in France, Ecuador, Estonia, and other locations. Keith specializes in marriage enrichment, couples' communication and counseling, anxiety, depression, and stress management.  You may contact him at

Dr. Tim Friesen

Dr. Friesen is a clinical psychologist who is the founding director of Cornerstone Counseling Foundation in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Tim is currently the founder and executive director of Twelve12:Hope, a non-profit organization that provides counseling, consultation, and training to missionaries and mission organizations. He also conducts child trauma recovery programs in areas of chronic and complex trauma. You can reach him at

Godspeed Resources Connection – Columbia, South Carolina

Godspeed Resources Connection is a faith-based organization dedicated to assisting intercultural workers stay engaged in their calling. They provide a variety of practical helps that include counseling and debriefing, referrals for professional services, retreats, hospitality, and other appropriate resourcing. In carrying out their mission, they partner with churches, sending agencies, and individual workers.  Visit

Márcia Tostes

Mrs. Márcia Tostes works in São Paulo with missionaries through Antioch Mission, a Brazilian mission organization.  She is in her final year of completing a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology. 

Márcia works with Antioch Mission in training, sending and caring for missionaries.  Her work involves walking along people that are planning to serve as missionaries as well as counseling missionaries regarding their life situations, marital issues ,and issues specific to missionary life.

Márcia is a member of the Brazilian Missionary Care program, which is linked to the Brazilian Mission Association and to international organizations such ast Mission Committee of the World Evangelical Alliance.  Visit

Mission Training International (MTI)

Mission Training International’s mission is to serve mission boards, churches and other sending organizations by developing and equipping their cross-cultural workers for the furtherance of Christ’s Kingdom. MTI’s vision is to see cross-cultural messengers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ experience effectiveness, endurance and personal vitality. MTI accomplishes this through two main programs: COMPASS Pre-Field Training and Debriefing and Renewal (DAR). MTI also hosts two workshops: CODAR and Kids & Family CODAR, and two conferences: Mental Health and Missions Conference and the International Congress on Language Learning.

Dr. Ben Wai-Ho Wat and Dr. Rachel Lai-Wat – Hong Kong

Both Dr. Ben Wai-Ho Wat and Dr. Rachel Lai-Wat are professors in the Hong Kong Bethel Bible Seminary.  Ben is a Marriage and Family therapist who serves the Christian community in Hong Kong. He holds the M.Div. from Hong Kong Baptist Theological Seminary and a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Prior to his training in psychology and counseling, Ben served as Senior Pastor of the Hong Kong Fanling Baptist Church.  Rachel holds the M.Div. from Hong Kong Baptist Theological Seminary and a doctorate in Christian Education from Talbot School of Theology, Biola University.

Ben and Rachel are popular speakers and family life educators.  They devote a significant portion of their psychotherapy practice to working with Chinese pastors and missionaries. You can reach Ben and Rachel at

The Well International, Chiang Mai, Thailand

The Well International serves cross-cultural workers in Asia and around the world through clinical counseling, pastoral care, training, and events.  They are a Christian, donor-funded organization based in Chiang Mai, Thailand, with professionally trained and licensed counselors as well as non-licensed pastoral care and member care providers.

The Well provides training for organizational leadership, member-care providers, and professional counselors. Their goal is to support and equip individuals at the “front lines” of their profession, while also creating awareness about the unique needs of cross-cultural workers. 

The Well hosts events that are designed to meet the specific needs of cross-cultural workers such as managing transition and adjusting to a different culture, working through marriage problems or traumatic experiences, parenting in unfamiliar contexts, and many other life challenges. Workshops, seminars, and retreats are offered, all with the purpose of providing renewal, restoration, and education to cross-cultural workers.