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Our Story 2017-03-17T14:18:11+00:00
1997

The Dream

The Dream

In 1997 the need for trauma care for missionaries was increasing and field leaders were asking for member care to be more accessible. Several North American member care leaders gathered as a “think tank” to discuss these needs.  They wondered if a mobile member care team might be an answer and if a clinical psychologist with…

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1998

The Vision

The Vision

With more  think tank meetings, a vision statement and values were defined. A Global Advisory Board formed and asked Karen Carr to lead the development of the mobile member care team concept. Karen then asked Darlene Jerome, with Personnel/Member Care experience with Wycliffe/SIL in Cameroon, to join her in this leadership role. Early on the vision…

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1998

Exploring Abidjan

Exploring Abidjan

Advisors suggested we focus on one region of the world to ensure our ability to respond. We chose West Africa with its lack of resources for the care of 10,000 missionaries and the increasing number of crises in the region.  Darlene and Karen traveled to Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire to explore basing the team there and 24…

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1999

Then We Were Three!

Then We Were Three!

In 1999, several people recommended that Marion Dicke join Karen and Darlene on the team.  Marion had served with the Christian and Missionary Alliance-Canada in Zaire (now DR of Congo) for over 15 years in midwifery, leadership training, mission administration, and member care.  It was good to be three!  And to have our pup, Gideon!

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2000

MMCT-West Africa

MMCT-West Africa

The first regional MMCT team arrived in Côte d’Ivoire in May 2000 to provide training and crisis response to missionaries in 14 countries across West Africa from Senegal to Nigeria. Marion served MMCT as pastoral counselor and trainer and coached the peer crisis responders we trained across the region. Karen contributed as clinical counselor, finance manager…

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2001

Regional Advisors

Regional Advisors

How encouraging when 11 people, representing eight missions, emerged from the Abidjan meeting as a Liaison Committee. We made plans with them over the next 20 months until we moved to Abidjan. The Liaison Committee group was the confirmation from the Holy Spirit that we needed, and eventually it gave birth to a regional Governing Board…

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2002

Crisis in Côte d’Ivoire

Crisis in Côte d’Ivoire

For over two years Karen, Marion and Darlene traveled extensively in West Africa, providing training and crisis response to missionaries from Senegal to Nigeria. They saw their vision being realized: to see missionaries and cross cultural workers thriving in their work, even in the midst of crisis situations. Ironically, the team faced its own crisis in…

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2003

Relocation to Ghana

Relocation to Ghana

After the outbreak of war in Cote d’Ivoire in September 2002, the Governing Board decided it would be best to relocate the West Africa team to the neighboring country of Ghana. We were sad to say goodbye to Janna Greenfield, who had helped us in the office for the previous year, but were grateful for Barb…

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2005

Expansion

Expansion

In 2005, several from the original 1997 Think Tank (now the Global Advisory Board – GAB) invited some others to join for a Second Think Tank to discuss expansion of MMCT.  The model had been well developed over five years and other regions were asking the West Africa team to do workshops and start a team…

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2007

Then We Were Five!

Then We Were Five!

2007 was a great year for MMCT with two new team members: Sherri Schneidermann of WorldTeam and Alan Lee of SIM.  Sherri provided much needed office administration and joined in trainings, too.  Alan served as counselor, website designer and creator of the MMCT Communiqué.  We enjoyed Alan and Sally (hostess of the nearby SIM Guesthouse) as…

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2007

International Trainings

International Trainings

With a larger team in West Africa and many capable associate staff willing to join us for two weeks, we began doing workshops in East and North Africa and beyond as we explored where we might start other teams.  Kenya- 2007, ‘09; North Africa (NA)-‘08; Spain for NA-‘08, ‘11, ‘12; Egypt-’09; Uganda-’10; Germany for Central Asia…

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2010

MMCT-East Africa Launched

MMCT-East Africa Launched

Tim Carroll (left) served as the Start-Up Facilitator and laid good groundwork for Dan and Connie Crum who followed him and served on the team for 3 + years.  The team based in Nairobi, Kenya and did member care consultations and several in  Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia.

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2011

First Global Team Retreat

First Global Team Retreat

Dan and Connie Crum joined the West Africa team in Ghana for MMCT’s first Global Retreat at the beach.  Keith and Bonnie Greer of Barnabas International joined as our pastoral care couple for those four special days.

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2011

“The MMCT Ladies”

“The MMCT Ladies”

We missed Alan when he returned home with his family.  But Patience Ahmed returned from MA counseling studies in the US to serve as a counselor and joined Sherri (capable administrator), Karen (clinical director) and Marion (regional coordinator) on the West Africa team.   Darlene was part of the MMCT community, but served as International Coordinator.  Together,…

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2013

New EA Team in Uganda

New EA Team in Uganda

In 2013 Mike and Gail Koski joined Dan and Connie Crum in Kenya.  A few months later, Crums returned to the US and Mike and Gail moved the office to Uganda.  Their three years with MMCT were full of many trainings in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan and Rwanda.  They also were much appreciated for member…

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2014

New West Africa Team

New West Africa Team

Nearly 15 years after starting MMCT in Ivory Coast, Marion, Karen and Darlene returned to North America and left the West Africa team in the good hands of  Vivian Ochoa, Deb Bergen, and Sue and Patrick Schmidt (left to right).

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2014

Int’l Team in US and Beyond…

Int’l Team in US and Beyond…

Once a new WA team was in place, the Board considered it strategic for Darlene and Karen to move back to the US where they could more effectively serve in their international leadership roles.  After many years living overseas, they enjoy living in Virginia.  But they welcome opportunities to join with MMCT-WA and Associate Staff to…

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2015

Global Team Retreat with Board

Global Team Retreat with Board

God’s timing was perfect for us in April 2015!  We had scheduled a week for a Global Team Retreat which included an overlap of two days with the Board.  After a devastating fire at the MMCT office in Accra, Ghana in March, it was wonderful to have that time of retreat, rest and fellowship together in…

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2015

Current West Africa Team

Current West Africa Team

At the end of 2015 Deb Bergen returned to the US after two years with the team as an invaluable psychiatric consultant.  Ali Federwitz joined about the same time and brought great skills and enthusiasm as a trainer and debriefer.  Because she is a homeschooling mom with three children and has a husband who often needs…

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2016

The Gift of Good Help!

The Gift of Good Help!

Heather Tobey, a recent university graduate in Public Relations, joined Darlene and Karen on the International Team, now set up near Richmond, Virginia.  We are so grateful for her contribution as our Administrative Assistant with responsibilities in finance, communications and public relations!  This website would never have happened without her!  🙂

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2017

Decision to Close MMCT

Decision to Close MMCT

The MMCT Board along with the International and West Africa teams gathered together in the Netherlands for an enriching time of fellowship, time in the Word, business meetings, and celebration of what God has done over the past nearly 20 years. We have been so blessed to have such wonderful men and women on MMCT’s crew! …

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