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NCF in Action
Dr. Bruce Narramore
It was close to a year ago that we began preparations for the 2013 Counseling and Member Care Seminar. For over 10 years NCF had offered this life-changing seminar in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This time we asked for your prayers to help discern if it was the Lord’s will to offer this seminar in Eurasia. As we prayed together, our plans rapidly fell into place. Each step seemed to be confirmed by the Lord in the large process of getting this seminar off the ground in a new country. The schedule and location were chosen, staff members agreed to serve, and member care missionaries were notified that the seminar would be presented in this area of the world.
Thirty-nine missionaries were accepted into the seminar. They represent 14 organizations, serving in 17 countries on 4 continents. They arrived with questions about how to be good member care workers, as well as with hurting hearts and personal struggles. The seminar staff was dealing with their own grief, as they were missing the leadership of Bruce and Kathy Narramore, whose vision had inspired these conferences and built this team of counselors and staff. But God was at work in the midst of all of this, touching lives for His kingdom. Both the participants and the staff left Turkey, rejuvenated and blessed by this experience. Lives were touched, marriages were encouraged, and kingdom member care workers were given tools to enable them to come alongside others within their organizations.
Staff and participants enjoying daily morning worship.
Let me share some specific feedback from the participants, as they were evaluating this experience.
"I came with the expectation of gaining some tools for the work I do as a MC provider. Great sessions for learning ... What caught me by surprise is the healing that has taken place for me personally. I didn't see that coming, but it has been a wonderful blessing after a very hard year."
"I am so thankful to my supervisor for his encouragement to attend this training. It has been potentially useful in so many ways, and I now believe I have many tools with which to do my job as a Pastoral Member Care consultant for our company. One of the many benefits that I received unexpectedly was the way that my marriage was strengthened because of the exercises in listening and creating safety in the relationship; the fruit was greater intimacy!"
“The retreat has been very helpful in providing tools, support, training and perspective to my work in Member Care. Combined with the teaching, the greatest impact has been the counseling that I have received in regards to a ‘family of origin’ issue. The counseling and care that I have received have been life altering for myself and also relationship altering in my marriage. The investment of the staff into our lives was humbling and life giving.”
“One of the most helpful aspects of this seminar was the community that was formed in the short period of time we were there … that was a little snapshot of what we're all about in this process of attuning ourselves to others and others attuning themselves to us … finding the safety in community to reveal what's really down deep.”
Our participants learned new job skills, discovered more about themselves and grew closer to the Lord. Marriages were saved and thoughts of leaving the mission field were turned around. It was a beautiful time. Even as I read these testimonies and reports, tears come to my eyes. Although I was not able to be there, I can hear the Lord rejoicing with our staff over a job well done.
Thank you so much for your generous support, both financially and prayerfully. Your willingness to come alongside this seminar reaped a great harvest, which will be used to feed the missionaries with whom our participants will work.
As we go into this time of Thanksgiving, the staff and Board of Directors of NCF are so grateful to the Lord for you and your belief in what NCF is doing. Lives are being changed, marriages are being glued back together, families are learning to communicate, and the Kingdom of God is being spread through your continued financial and prayer commitment to this work. Thank you, thank you, thank you for being here with us.
May God bless you and your family with a spirit of praise and gratitude this Thanksgiving.
In gratefulness to Him from whom all blessings flow,
Cherry G. Steinmeier
Cherry G. Steinmeier, Psy.D.
“May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God” (Philippians 1:2-3).