Connecting You to Opportunities and Tools


Barnabas International—offers care for global worker, training for organizations, and retreats.

Field Life:  A ministry from the field to the field helping global workers stay healthy and fruitful.  Retreats, a guest house in Southeast Asia, and personalized coaching for individuals and teams.

Kaleidoscope—works with third culture kids to create safe spaces where they can share their stories and process transition.

LifeSource – provides services in preparation, biblical counseling, marriage & family crisis, re-entry, and debriefing.

Paracletosprovides encouragement, training, tools as they have pre-field, on-field, and post-field services as they “encourage, equip, and enable”

RockyReentry.coma website with lots of helpful, informative, and “reality-check” posts.

Taking Route Podcast

Aquire (by TRAIN International)—This two-week intensive training empowers cross-cultural workers with the best known current strategies and tools in language acquisition.

COMPASS (part of MTI)—adult and child tracks available.
Orient (by TRAIN International)—This two-week pre-departure training equips prospective cross-cultural workers with a solid foundation for cross-cultural life. TRAIN International also offers seminars for churches on supporting cross-cultural workers.

Abide (by TRAIN International)—This one-week renewal for those transitioning back into American culture debriefs the cross-cultural experience, explores reverse culture shock, and equips for healthy reentry into the home culture.

Alongside—offer a three-week renewal and growth retreat led by licensed counselors, with a focus on those recovering from trauma or burnout.

Debriefing and Renewal (part of MTI)—gives people the chance to reflect on their journey and engage with the Father about their story. Adult and child tracks available.

ELIM Retreatsprovide spiritual debriefing, spiritual renewal, and pastoral care of the global worker.

Heartstream Resourcesprovide debriefing and renewal programs as well resources and training for workers.

Emmaus Encounterprovides a safe place for men and women of the Christian faith to process events of the past, so that they may grow emotionally, mentally and spiritually, and move forward in health.

Azmera—for Christians working outside of their home country (open to anyone, including diplomatic and business expats).

Breathe Conference—in Switzerland for singles, couples, families (so they have kid programs). It’s put on by Catalyst who has a great list of resources.

Come Before Winteroffers a yearly renewal retreat for women in ministry.

Momentum Men’s Conference:  A six-day retreat for men serving full-time cross-culturally.  Global men connect with other guys who understand their experience and customize their week with access to Christian counselors, life coaches, financial advisers, doctors, etc.

Serving Single—for singles on the field.

Thrive—for North Americans.

Traction—This conference is focused on helping men navigate their roles to regain spiritual footing and momentum to move forward.

Alongside—”Renewal and Growth Retreat.” (Michigan)

Eden Ridge—retreat and vacation center for those serving and their extended family. (Tennessee)

Fairhaven Ministriespersonal retreat and counseling center. (North Carolina and Vancouver, BC)

Harbor of Refuge Internationalservices offered. (Waterloo, Iowa)

Potter’s Inn—caring for the soul of leaders in ministry and marketplace. (Divide, Colorado)

Wesley Garden Retreat—a place where groups and individuals can come away and find rest for their weary souls. (Savannah, Georgia)

Cornerstone Counseling—Chiang Mai, Thailand. Provides confidential and professional counseling, consultation, and training from a Christian perspective for individuals, marriages, families, teams, and organizations.

The Tumaini Counselling Centre—Karen, Nairobi. Our mission is
 to provide preventative and restorative
 mental health services and pastoral care in
 order to enhance cross-cultural resilience and

The Well International – Chiang Mai, Thailand. Serves cross-cultural workers in Asia and around the world through Clinical Counselling, Pastoral Care, Training and Events.

Linkcarestrives to help their clients face life’s issues and challenges so they can be more effective in life and ministry. They  provide care for the health and growth of the entire person, including psychological, emotional, intellectual, familial, cultural, and spiritual dimensions. (California)

Minnesota Renewal CenterAs skilled psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and pastoral counselors, they will come alongside you in your struggle and work with you to enable insight, understanding, restoration, and hope for whatever difficulty you are facing. (Minnesota)

The Rest InitiativeTRI serves as the primary resource to assure the emotional stability of your staff. We provide ongoing support through confidential face-to-face coaching, assessments, debriefing, and equipping.They have links to some good online assessments about stress, compassion fatigue, burnout, and stress here. (Florida)

Oaks Counseling—provides emotional support and counseling at little or no cost both on the field and during re-entry (Georgetown TX).

Remote Access Mental Health—provides online counseling by a licensed mental health professional, you can receive quality, evidence-based mental health counseling anywhere around the world.

Valeo (formerly GRC)—serves workers in most countries around the world (outside of the U.S.) through secure HIPAA compliant video-conferencing platforms, and can accommodate presenting needs with the exception of issues that require long-term or more intensive treatment

Walking in Their Shoesprovides confidential supportive care as a service to international Christian workers wherever they are in the world.

Advance Global CoachingEncouragement through an honest conversational process that provides accountability for growth and change

CMIprovides affordable professional coaching to Overseas Workers.

MCIserves spiritual leaders in their personal and professional life.

DO YOU NEED A SPEECH THERAPIST? I, Diana Zimmerman, am the administrator of a facebook group called SLP VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES. There are over 400 SLPs (speech language pathologists, aka speech therapists) on this site that want to find volunteer opportunities around the globe. I would love to be the middle man and help make these connections happen. Many SLPs would love visit you in person to offer hands-on help but don’t know how to find an organization that needs their expertise.

However, another option that is probably more do-able is SLP consultation via phone/skype/facetime/email regarding your own  child’s needs or the needs of a child in your city/village/organization. Speech therapists work with a variety of communication issues: articulation (how words are pronounced), expressive language (how words are put into sentences and conversation to express wants/needs/ideas), grammar, vocabulary, receptive language (how a person comprehends/understands what he hears), voice (hoarseness, atypical pitch or volume, etc), eating/swallowing (technically called dysphagia…..there can be feeding difficulties due to texture, decrease oral muscle strength and coordination, food or liquid “going down the wrong pipe,” etc.), cleft lip and cleft palate, autism and behavior issues, and alternative communication devices and visual supports for communication.

If you think your or your organization could benefit from either a (free) consultation with an SLP or (free) hands-on training from an SLP, please contact me either on facebook (Diana Zimmerman or SLP VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES) or email: [email protected]

Join this private Facebook group hosted by Dorette Kriel and interact with other moms on the field. Dorette is author of A Story of Pregnancy and Faith: In hope of what we cannot see.

Here are some recommended picture books for young children related to transition and grief.

Butterfly Park by Elly Mackay

My Two Blankets by Irena Robald and Freya Blackwood

The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco

Stellaluna by Janel Canno

What You Know First by Patricia MacLachlan

The Way I Feel by Janan Cain

Swirly by Sara Sunders

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (for upper elementary age)

When Africa Was Home by Karen L. Williams