Sacrifice in Mission Need Not be Silenced

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Counseling For a Season

The transient nature of mission life makes getting counseling a real challenge. 

MCI’s virtual counseling combines the convenience of remaining on the field with the quality of gospel based counseling that addresses the unique challenges of cross-cultural work. 

We also offer consultations to help discern the healthiest counseling option for you.


Missionaries often have to edit their stories and guard their struggles. There is pressure to articulate the challenges so that people come to a comfortable understanding of God’s work in their lives. 

A mini-sabbatical combines the ideas of debrief, counsel, and respite. It is an intentional pause from all the ministry contexts to breathe and freely examine the heart. Acknowledging the personal changes in past seasons of ministry equips workers to wisely engage new seasons.

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The Missionary Care Initiative provides counseling and resources to missionaries and ministry leaders to help navigate life with their unique relational dynamics and ministry challenges.This care can be provided while still in the ministry context or on-site here in Roanoke.

Usually a Season of Counseling lasts from 2 – 12 months and is virtual. 
Mini-Sabbaticals capitalize on face-to-face debriefing and counseling in Roanoke. The time is designed as a respite, and the counseling hours for this intensive are completed in person.

We offer some in-house scholarships, working hard to make sure that finances are not an obstacle for anyone who needs help.

Program costs are derived from several factors: lodging, counseling, and administrative hours, plus any incidental costs your situation may require. Other personal costs not included are the travel to Roanoke, food, and any extracurricular activities.

Usually a missionary agency or a sending church will provide support to subsidize or cover the costs of the intensive. If you have a supporting agency or church, we are able to reach out to them to advocate for financial assistance.

Thank you for asking! The support a missionary can receive from his local congregation is huge. As a pastor, you can talk to your local church or denomination for financial support. Also, you might be involved as a counseling collaborator.

The importance of the team of care that surrounds a missionary is hard to overstate. The particular way, however, a pastor or church will be involved in supporting a missionary or missionary family will depend on each individual case.

The counseling intensives are typically 3-5 days. An extended sabbatical option is available to those seeking a time of rest and purposeful reflection. We tailor the time and resources to meet the specific needs of those seeking help.

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