Missionaries and Expats
Pastoral and Church Care
Missionaries and expatriates face a multitude of challenges: the stresses of functioning in a second language, learning to adapt to the customs of another culture, witnessing hardship and trauma, and being distanced from family, friends, and other natural supports. These obstacles can bear a heavy weight on every sphere of one’s health- mental, emotional, physical, relational, spiritual- and being removed from everything that is familiar can make it difficult to find the help that one needs for support through the struggle.
Through the challenges of working in the mission field, this special group of people are often overlooked and underserved when it comes to mental health. Seeing this need, Agape Counseling is passionate to help those who are serving overseas. Telehealth is a platform that can provide the opportunity to meet across time zones and continents to offer counsel through the struggles,be it depression, anxiety, marital conflict, culture shock, or tension amongst teammates . We are fortunate to have a team member who has served on the mission field and is also a Licensed Counselor, ready to offer support through online counseling.
You do not have to buy a plane ticket or come off of the field to begin seeking the support you need. We encourage you to take the first step and reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Take the first step . . .
Agape staff have experience living in other cultures. Connect with someone who will walk with you through the unique challenges of serving and living in a global community. Though secure Tele-Health tools from Agape, you can connect with someone without traveling.
Call Agape – +1-910-251-7789
From Tara Belt MA, LPCA, NCC (former expat)
Having served as a missionary in Eastern Europe for four years, I am acquainted with many of these difficulties firsthand. Through my first six months on the field, I felt that I was becoming a version of myself that I had not known. In hindsight, I understand that some of my experience could fit under the umbrella of “culture shock,” but it was evident to myself, and to my teammates, that I needed some support. Fortunately, there was a woman within our ex-pat community who had a background in psychology, and I was able to meet with her regularly to process some of my experiences and struggles with her. As I reflect on these meetings together, and the encouragement that I found in this friend, I know that they were instrumental in helping me to find my footing and continue serving in the capacity that I was called to.