Effectively caring for missionaries living many miles away in a different culture necessitates that missions leaders carefully screen prospective missionaries in the selection process and measure their spiritual and emotional health before, during, and after their tenure on the field. This bibliography on missionary care provides resources in this important area of missions study and preparation. I am thankful to Clyde Austin and Dottie Schulz for their help in developing this bibliography. If you have any suggestions or recommendations about any additional resources, please Gailyn Van Rheenen.
Andrews, Leslie A.(ED), 2004, The Family in Mission: Understanding and Caring for Those Who Serve. Palmer Lake, CO: Mission Training International.
Blomberg, Janet R. & Brooks, David F. (EDs), 2001, Fitted Pieces: A Guide for Parents Educating Children Overseas. St. Clair Shores, MI: SHARE Education Services. (good general information)
Bowers, J. M., ed. 1998. Raising Resilient MKs: Resources for caregivers, parents, and teachers. Colorado Springs: Association of Christian Schools
Brister, C.W. 1985. Caring for Caregivers: How to Help Ministers and Missionaries. Nashville: Broadman Press.
Cloud, H. and Townsend, J. 1992. Boundaries: When to say YES; When to say NO; To take control of your life. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.
Eidse, Faith and Sichel, Nina (EDs) 2004, Unrooted Childhoods: Memoirs of Growing Up Global. Yarmouth, Maine: Intercultural Press. (this is not a xian book, but has stories of all kinds of TCKs/Global Nomads and their experiences)
Foyle, M. F. ed. 2001. Honourably Wounded: Stress Among Christian Workers. 2nd ed. Wheaton, ILL.: EMIS.
_______. 1997. Overcoming Missionary Stress. Wheaton, IL: Evangelical Missions Information Service.
_______. 1986. Burnout or brownout. Evangelical Missions Quarterly. Vol. 22. (July) 262-270.
_______. 1985. Missionary relationships: powderkeg or powerhouse?. Evangelical Missions Quarterly. Vol. 21. (October) 342-49.
_______. 1986. Gorillas get along: Why can’t we? Evangelical Missions Quarterly. Vol. 22. (January) 14-20.
_______. 1985. Why it’s tough to get along with each other. Evangelical Missions Quarterly. Vol. 21 (July) 240-245.
Fountain, D. E. 1989. Health, the Bible, and the Church: Biblical perspectives on health and healing. Wheaton, IL: The Billy Graham Center, Wheaton College.
Gardner, L. M. 1987. Proactive care of missionary personnel. Journal of Psychology and Theology. Vol. 15 (Winter) 308-314.
Hale, Thomas. 1995. On Being a Missionary. Pasadena: William Carey Library.
Hansel, T. 1979. When I relax, I feel guilty. Elgin, IL: David C. Cook.
Jones, M. 1995. Psychology of Missionary Adjustment. Springfield, MO: Gospel Publishing House.
O’Donnell, K., ed. 1992. Missionary Care: Counting the cost for world evangelization. Pasadena: William Carey Library.
_________. ed. 2002. Doing Member Care Well: Perspectives and practices from Around the World. Pasadena: William Carey Library.
O’Donnell, Kelly S. and Michele Lewis. 1988. Helping Missionaries Grow: Readings in Mental Health and Missions. Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library. Note especially Chapters 33-36 on “Cross-Cultural Stress.”
Pollock, David C. and Ruth E. Van Reken. 1999. Third Culture Kids: The Experience of Growing Up Among Worlds. Yarmouth, MA: Intercultural Press.
Powell, John R. and Joyce M. Bowers. 2002. Enhancing Missionary Vitality. Palmer Lake, CO: Missionary Training International.
Schaetti, Barbara F. (2000) Global Nomad Identity: Hypothesizing a Developmental Model. Unpublished manuscript, dissertation from Graduate College of the Union Institute, Lansing, MI: UMI Dissertation Services.
Schubert, Esther. 1993. What Missionaries Need to Know about Burnout and Depression. New Castle, IN: Olive Branch Publications.
Sanford, John A. 1994. Ministry Burnout. Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press.
Swenson, R. A. 1992. Margin: Restoring emotional, physical, financial, and time reserves to overloaded lives. Colorado Springs: NavPress.
Taylor, W. D., ed. 1997. Too Valuable to Lose: Exploring the causes and cures of missionary attrition. Pasadena: William Carey Library.
Ward, Ted, 1984, Living Overseas: A Book of Preparations. New York: The Free Press, a division of Macmillan.