2019 PTM Speakers and Workshops

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Keynote Speakers

John Wile

John and his wife Kathryn have served with Barnabas International since 1995. In their early years John was a pastor of congregations in Minnesota and Wisconsin, but for the last 27 years John and Kathryn have served missionaries in a teaching and counseling ministry of pastoral care. During that time, they have served hundreds of global workers in over 30 countries. Their pattern of ministry has been to return to the same locations and the same teams year after year to build strong relationships and deep ministry. Their goal has been “to bring pastoral care and encouragement to God’s servants so they thrive in their journey with Him and are thereby able to stay engaged and effective where God has called them, so that His Kingdom comes.”

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Scott Shaum

As well as serving as Associate Director for Barnabas International, Scott's heart is to shepherd global workers and train global shepherds. Scott and his wife Beth have been married for 34 years, and have three adult sons and two daughters-in-law. They love food, good reads, and long talks with friends. You can read Scott's writings in his book The Uninvited Companion: God's Shaping us in His Love through Life's Adversities, Trauma and Resilience (edited by Drs. Charlie and Frauke Schaefer), Tender Care, and on his blog tendingscatteredwool.com.

 

 

Pre-Conference Sessions

Join us one day before the main PTM Conference begins, for one of these four great Pre-Conference options! Since they happen simultaneously, you’ll have to choose just one. Best of luck!

Shepherding through ConflictSorry, this workshop is full.

presented by Neal and Anna Hampton

Managing conflict is not easy, but skills to increase successful outcomes can be developed. In this workshop, you'll discover how to manage difficult encounters with diplomacy, tact, and integrity. Those who embrace conflict can build understanding and better relationships—and experience greater personal and professional success

Participants will gain insights and skills while experiencing a participatory workshop environment. Role playing to practice techniques and new skills, sharing of best practices for approaching conflict management, and reflecting on how to transfer your learning back to your work environment are built into this training experience.

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Neal and Anna Hampton—Barnabas International

Neal & Anna Hampton’s trainings are interwoven with personal experiences from living and working for 15 years in war-torn Afghanistan and the Middle East. Neal has served as a mentor, teacher, team leader, and country director for faith-based humanitarian NGOs. Anna holds a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Bethel University and a Doctor of Religious Studies from Trinity Theological Seminary. She is the author of Facing Danger: A Guide Through Risk, and also a conference speaker at international women’s events in Central Asia, the Middle East, and in the US. Currently they provide pastoral care while serving with Barnabas Intl.

Shepherding Others into the Heart of God

presented by John Wile

This two-day course is for any PTM attender who carries spiritual responsibility for Global Workers. If you are a mentor, pastor, life-coach, debriefer, HR rep, counselor, Bible teacher, retreat leader, administrator, or just beginning to tiptoe into the world of member care, we believe you will benefit from this course. No matter what our role, we desire that the Global Servants we care for will thrive in their relationship with God. As they thrive with Him, they will be increasingly effective where He has called them.
 
In this course, we'll be seeking the heart of God in caring for and leading others into His truth—truth that shapes who they are, how they think, how they choose, how they care for themselves, how they serve others, and, above all, how they relate to their God. We'll look at the essential themes of Scripture that God desires His children to embrace. We'll face common misconceptions (in our own thinking and in the thinking of those we care for). And, we'll look at practical ways within our specific ministry skills to take God's truth into the lives of those for whom we are responsible.
 
Note: There will be a bit of preparation prior to attending the course. This will include some reflective thinking, videos to watch, and a few articles to read.

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John Wile—Barnabas International

John and his wife Kathryn have served with Barnabas International since 1995. In their early years John was a pastor of congregations in Minnesota and Wisconsin, but for the last 27 years John and Kathryn have served missionaries in a teaching and counseling ministry of pastoral care. During that time, they have served hundreds of global workers in over 30 countries. Their pattern of ministry has been to return to the same locations and the same teams year after year to build strong relationships and deep ministry. Their goal has been “to bring pastoral care and encouragement to God’s servants so they thrive in their journey with Him and are thereby able to stay engaged and effective where God has called them, so that His Kingdom comes.”

Healing Heart Wounds: Training in Trauma CareSorry, this workshop is full.

presented by Bill and Lorraine Foute

Using stories and materials specifically designed for cross cultural workers, participants learn basic biblical and mental health principles related to trauma care, explore if they themselves are carrying any heart wounds and bring those to Christ for healing, learn how to lead groups in a participatory way, and develop plans for using what they have learned in their community. Because our material is biblically based and highly interactive, it is most effective in a small group learning environment. Therefore we will cap this workshop at 30 participants.

In the end, each participant will be given the opportunity to become an apprentice facilitator in trauma healing (certification comes through the Trauma Healing Institute of the American Bible Society). To earn this certification each participant must demonstrate a basic grasp of the content and successfully complete a short practice facilitation*. A simple test measures mastery of content, and a short practice facilitation exercise includes feedback on facilitator strengths and suggestions to address areas needing improvement. The basic training manual is Healing the Wounds of Trauma. (An additional fee of $15 will be charged at registration for the training manuals.) More information can be found at:  http://thi.americanbible.org.

*For those wishing to receive certification, the facilitation practice will take place Wednesday, October 9, during the afternoon workshop hours.

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Bill and Lorraine Foute

Bill and Lorraine Foute have been cross cultural workers since 1982 when they went to Nigeria under SIM. Their ministry there included theological education, leadership training, mission leadership, special education, member care among expat and Nigerian agencies, and trauma healing. They moved back to the US in 2016 to focus on trauma healing training around the world. Currently they are providing pastoral care for a team from Asia and training others in trauma healing under SIM and the American Bible Society Trauma Healing Institute. They are master facilitators in trauma healing and have 12 years experience with trauma healing in cross cultural settings.

Bill and Lorraine have 3 grown children and 4 grandchildren. They currently reside in Southern California.

Wednesday Workshops

You won’t want to miss Wednesday with these helpful workshops that promise to be both skill-building and soul-filling. Each will last 90 minutes, and you will have the opportunity to attend two. There is no need to sign up in advance for these workshops. Just look over the descriptions and find the two that best fit you!

You want to go Where...for Heaven’s Sake?

presented by Mark and Jill Brazle—Missionary Care Specialists

So many questions: will there ever be satisfactory answers? What happens when our kids take Christianity and the mission of God too seriously? How can we bless our children/grandchildren and encourage them as they follow the call of God, when our hearts are broken and our eyes are filled with tears? How do we grandparent effectively from a distance? What can the local church do to help the parents of missionaries among us? What if God sends our kids to dangerous places? How does the call to follow Jesus change when it involves living with open hands/hearts, saying “goodbye” to our children for years at a time?

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Mark and Jill Brazle

Mark and Jill are driven by a passion to care for missionaries and encourage sending churches to grow in what it means to care well for those they send. Having worked as missionaries for 16+ years and with children who have served on the field for 10+ years, in Europe and Africa, they also care deeply about encouraging parents of global workers. The Brazles have 5 children and 13 grandchildren. After 20 years of full time ministry in Ohio, they are in their 6th year in Texas, working for Missions Resource Network. www.mrnet.org

Member Care for Social Justice Workers

presented by Roger and Elaine Twitchell

Social justice workers routinely take on problems that are bigger than life. They labor to right wrongs, foster equality and re-establish integrity in systems and societies that are severely broken and often supremely evil. They frequently work in difficult conditions where the never-ending needs and unrelenting pace of work inhibit soul care and self care. We will look at some of the unique challenges and needs that social justice workers have. We will also discuss how to shepherd and care for them, both preventatively (before our workers are in crisis mode, burnout, compassion fatigue, etc.) and responsively (if/when they end up in crisis mode).

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Roger and Elaine Twitchell

Roger and Elaine Twitchell worked in Central America on a multinational, church planting team for over 20 years, serving first in Honduras and then in Costa Rica. They have been married for 28 years and have two adult daughters, Kenna and Eliza, and one son-in-law, Caleb. Roger and Elaine currently reside in Joplin, Missouri, where they provide pastoral care for missionaries of Tyro Christian Church (Tyro, KS) and debrief missionaries with TRAIN International. For the past seven years, they have volunteered with Blackbox International (BI), an organization which provides holistic aftercare for underage boys rescued out of sex trafficking (blackboxinternational.org).

The Heart of Spiritual Direction

presented by Steve and Deborah Wise—Barnabas International

Spiritual direction is a growing practice among evangelicals today. But what is it, where did it come from, and why are people drawn to it? We will spend a short time defining spiritual direction and drawing out the ways in which it is distinct from counseling, mentoring, coaching, or therapy. Then we will explore the possible applications for spiritual direction in member care through discussion with a panel of trained spiritual directors who have practical experience with this practice as they journey with overseas workers.

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Steve and Deborah Wise

Steve and Deborah served as church planters for 13 years in Cambodia. There, they partnered with other mission organizations to develop Theological Education by Extension, publishing, church planting movement training, and orality. Steve and Deborah are certified Christian life coaches (CRM), which they used in Cambodia to help missionaries through a process of self-discovery and spiritual journey. Steve and Deborah have been on staff with Barnabas International since 2014 and are also trained spiritual directors (Sustainable Faith in Indianapolis, IN) and actively provide spiritual direction in offering member care around the world.

Dreaming in Italian: Exploring the Impact of Culture

presented by Carol Fogleboch—Pastoral Care/Expatriate and National Leadership, Barnabas International

Digging around in your Caregiver Toolbox could reveal that you are missing the tool of Cultural Awareness necessary to have a complete understanding of the ones you are called to care for. We will define what culture is, examine our North American cultural baseline and have some fun exploring how other cultural worldviews and practices may affect individuals, families, and teams.

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Carol Fogleboch

Carol and David Fogleboch have been engaged in church planting in the U.S, prefield training and pastoring two international churches since their marriage in 1971. Their last pastorate in Uzbekistan left a deep calling on their hearts to the expatirate workers in Central Asia which was the impetus to become caregivers with Barnabas International in 2002. Since that time their focus has enlarged to include the needs of national pastors and leaders. Within the last few years God has formed like minded national men and women into a network of care for others who minister in the churches and organizations across Central Asia. Carol and David continue to mentor and care for this first generation of post-Soviet leaders.

The Foglebochs live in Wisconsin and have four MK children and two grandchildren spread across the US. We are happy to be on the same continent!

Soul to Soul with God in His Word

presented by John Wile—Barnabas International

We long to connect spiritually with those we serve, but sometimes that's difficult. We’ll explore a simple way to hear God through His Word, be vulnerable with each other, and pray together. Over decades of ministering to God’s servants, we consistently find it joy-filled, inviting, mutually encouraging. You will leave equipped for the same in your friendships, family and ministry.

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John Wile

John and his wife Kathryn have served with Barnabas International since 1995. In their early years John was a pastor of congregations in Minnesota and Wisconsin, but for the last 27 years John and Kathryn have served missionaries in a teaching and counseling ministry of pastoral care. During that time, they have served hundreds of global workers in over 30 countries. Their pattern of ministry has been to return to the same locations and the same teams year after year to build strong relationships and deep ministry. Their goal has been “to bring pastoral care and encouragement to God’s servants so they thrive in their journey with Him and are thereby able to stay engaged and effective where God has called them, so that His Kingdom comes.”

The Resilient Missionary: A Research-Based and Theologically-Informed Model (part 1 of 2*)

presented by Geoff Whiteman—Mission Specialist in Missionary Care, OCMC

Through digestible teaching of key concepts, engaging discussion, and practical skill-building activities, participants in this workshop will explore how resiliency is formed through adversity and can transform our self-concept: from victim to survivor to celebrant. Participants will leave knowing how they plan to apply this material in their life and ministry. Download the preliminary findings of the Resilient Missionary Study at ResilientMissionary.org.

*Geoff will dig more deeply into this topic in his Intensive workshop on Thursday.

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Geoff Whiteman

Geoff Whiteman, MA, ThM is a couples counselor and resiliency researcher who is passionate about God’s mission in the world. Geoff met Kriss while they were serving in vocational ministry in 2000. They married in 2003, and have dedicated their life to supporting missionaries since 2007. Through speaking, workshops, and companioning, they encourage missionaries to be united in marriage and resilient in ministry.

Geoff currently serves as the Mission Specialist in Missionary Care for the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC). His website, ResilientMissionary.org, disseminates the results of the Resilient Missionary Study through innovative solutions to support missionaries and those concerned with enhancing missionary resiliency. Links to download the preliminary findings of the study and connect further with Geoff can be found at www.linktr.ee/geoffwhiteman.

Perceptions and Challenges of Single and Married Members working on Multi-situational Teams

presented by:
Dorcas Harbin
—Executive Vice President, One Another Ministries International
Suzy Grumelot—Urban Church Planter, World Team
Cathy Thompson—Area Leader for East Central Europe, Pioneers (off-site presenter)

Given the reality of increasing diversity on ministry teams, this research-driven, story-rich and practical workshop will identify assumptions and challenges facing married and single persons serving on cross-cultural ministry teams. We will look at organizational weaknesses and team dynamics. Leaders can learn the different perspectives of their single and married members regarding policies and practices that can often seem biased.

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Dorcas Harbin

Dorcas Harbin has served with One Another Ministries for the past 22 years in France and currently England. She holds degrees in Missions, Christian Education and has a Masters in Counseling. She has 47 years of ministry/missions experience using her gifts in counseling, consulting, teaching, encouragement, market research and administration. Her involvement with ministry projects in 46 different countries has developed a keen awareness of, and response to the unique needs of missionaries. Dorcas serves as Executive Vice President of One Another Ministries and serves on the executive team of Shoulder to Shoulder, an initiative of One Another.


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Suzy Grumelot

Suzy Grumelot’s degrees are in Bible and Missions. She has served in France with World Team for the past 30+ years. In 2011 she moved into Paris, taking responsibility for ‘The Paris Project’; a new initiative in innovative church planting. Along with French partners, a historic church was birthed in central Paris. Her duties, skills and passion include discipling women, overseeing Bible studies, deploying new teams, networking, prayer, and mentoring both new believers and new church planters. She serves on the executive team of Shoulder to Shoulder and coauthored Sacred Siblings: Valuing One Another for the Great Commission, by William Carey Publishing, out September 2019.

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Cathy Thompson

Cathy is a missionary kid with degrees in Physical Education, Anthropology, and Cross-Cultural Leadership. She has further studies in Ministry Leadership Development, Member Care, Conflict Management, Counseling, Child Safety and Forensic Investigation. Since 1992 she has served with Pioneers in Europe as Team Leader in Hungary, and since 2009 as Area Leader for East Central Europe. Cathy also serves as Pioneers’ Child Safety Officer for Europe, and as a member of several working groups on training and leadership development. She is committed to seeing teams work well as they incorporate singles, couples and families onto multi-cultural teams. Cathy also serves on the executive team of Shoulder to Shoulder.

 

Thursday Intensives

On Thursday we dig a little deeper into a few significant topics. Each Intensive will be 3 hours long (with a break in the middle) and you will need to choose just one. Again, it is not necessary to sign up for these workshops before coming to the conference. Look them over and decide which one is right for you.

The Crucible of First Term: Understanding and Helping So it is Not the Last

presented by Connie Befus, Ph.D.—Member Care and Psychological Consultant

The First Term cross-cultural worker has multiple adjustments to make, losses to mourn, an identity to shed and a new one to learn--all happening amidst high stress. In that process, emotional baggage can surface. Understanding what happens psychologically in the stress and identity crisis of the First Term can help First Term workers, those who prepare them, those who receive them, and those called in to help when the process does not go well. The workshop focuses on effective preventative and ameliorative interventions so that First Term workers can adjust and thrive--in hopes their first term is not their last.

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Connie Befus

Connie Befus is a psychologist with 35+ years of experience in providing for the mental and spiritual health needs of international cross-cultural workers. She grew up in Africa, the daughter of career international workers, and served with her husband in Latin America for 17 years. She has also worked in private practice, as a psychological consultant for six sending organizations, and as Director of Member Care for sending organizations for 17 years. She has two adult Third Culture kids. Her doctoral research explored effective helps for people in the midst of cross cultural adjustment. She is the author of Sojourner's Workbook: A Guide to Thriving Cross-Culturally.

In the Image of the Son • In the Image of the Shepherd

presented by Scott Shaum—Associate Director, Barnabas International

We minister out of who we are. We are daughters and sons of the Father, this is our core identity. It is Jesus’ core identity and it is from that orientation that he ministers to the world. What we fundamentally have to offer others is our communion with the Father, the Son and the Spirit; the overflow of Christ in our lives. This will be a true workshop around two axes: personal formation and professional formation—each playing off of each other. Two core questions will be explored: 1) What are the core elements of personal formation as it relates to our walk with God and our walk with others (i.e. caregiving); and 2) how does God seek to shape those areas at each stage of life? Attendees will have time for assessment(s) and pondering responses to God's invitations.

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Scott Shaum

As well as serving as Associate Director for Barnabas International, Scott's heart is to shepherd global workers and train global shepherds. Scott and his wife Beth have been married for 34 years, and have three adult sons and two daughters-in-law. They love food, good reads, and long talks with friends. You can read Scott's writings in his book The Uninvited Companion: God's Shaping us in His Love through Life's Adversities, Trauma and Resilience (edited by Drs. Charlie and Frauke Schaefer), Tender Care, and on his blog tendingscatteredwool.com.

How Missionaries Become Resilient: Turning Toward Three Nurturing Relationships (part 2 of 2*)

presented by Geoff Whiteman—Mission Specialist in Missionary Care, OCMC

The Resilient Missionary Study was designed to listen to missionaries’ perspectives on their own resilience. The large, diverse, experienced sample has much to teach those who desire both to grow in resiliency and to support others’ growth. Building on Wednesday’s workshop, this intensive features digestible teaching of key concepts, engaging discussion, and practical skill-building activities. Participants will unpack the findings of the Resilient Missionary Study, giving attention to application in personal, pastoral, and organizational contexts. Download the preliminary findings at ResilientMissionary.org.

*While this intensive can stand on its own, we recommend attending Geoff’s Wednesday workshop, The Resilient Missionary, to benefit more fully from this discussion.

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Geoff Whiteman

Geoff Whiteman, MA, ThM is a couples counselor and resiliency researcher who is passionate about God’s mission in the world. Geoff met Kriss while they were serving in vocational ministry in 2000. They married in 2003, and have dedicated their life to supporting missionaries since 2007. Through speaking, workshops, and companioning, they encourage missionaries to be united in marriage and resilient in ministry.

Geoff currently serves as the Mission Specialist in Missionary Care for the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC). His website, ResilientMissionary.org, disseminates the results of the Resilient Missionary Study through innovative solutions to support missionaries and those concerned with enhancing missionary resiliency. Links to download the preliminary findings of the study and connect further with Geoff can be found at www.linktr.ee/geoffwhiteman.

 

Developing Church-Based Care for Missionaries and On-Field National Staff

presented by:
Dan Crum
—Global Impact Director, Connection Pointe Christian Church
Don & Anita Dyck—Volunteer Leaders for Cross-Cultural Worker Care, Connection Pointe Christian Church

Every local church has people with skills, resources, networks and experiences that would be of use in caring for global workers. This session will start with the story of Connection Pointe's development of global care teams and how they work. This will be followed by a time of learning from all participants on what their church has found works well in caring for their global workers. Co-facilitated by Dan Crum and Don and Anita Dyck.

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Dan Crum

Dan and his wife Connie served as missionaries in East Africa for 26 years, in the areas of evangelism and church-planting, team leadership and water development with CMF International. Their last 4 years on the field they served with Mobile Member Care Team. Since 2014 Dan has been the Global Impact Director at Connection Pointe Christian Church in Brownsburg, IN. He also serves with Missionary Care Catalysts and is on the board of Asian Partners. Dan and Connie have 3 adult children, all married, and 5 grandchildren.

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Don and Anita Dyck

Don and Anita grew up exposed to global missions—Don as an MK and Anita in a sending church. They and their two daughters regularly shared their home with global workers. Following retirement—Don as an educator and Anita as a RN—they have become active members of the Global Impact Team at Connection Pointe Christian Church in Brownsburg, IN where they serve as volunteer leaders for Cross-Cultural Worker Care activities under the guidance of Director Dan Crum. They have gratefully cared for several missionary couples over the years and have been part of short-term mission trips to both the South America and Africa continents. They are blessed with four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

 

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