The Essential Support Team:  Caring for Your Missionaries Through Each Stage of Ministry

Heidi Tunberg, ReachGlobal/EFCA

Effective support for your church’s missionaries involves a lot more than sending them money each month.  In this session, we will consider the non-financial needs missionaries have at various stages of ministry, and we will discuss practical ways churches can walk alongside them, from pre-field preparations through re-entry to the U.S., and every stage in between.

Heidi Tunberg spent her childhood in Malaysia and Singapore where her parents were missionaries with the Evangelical Free Church.  She is a licensed psychologist who spent seven years in private practice, but her love of missionary kids (MKs) prompted her to move into caring for them full time.  Since 1999 Heidi has been with ReachGlobal as MK Care Coordinator focused on MKs in their teens and twenties.  In this role she offers pre-field and re-entry training, encouragement, and practical support to MKs both on the field and during their college and post-college years.  In addition, she seeks to be a resource to parents as they raise their kids internationally.  She currently lives in Minneapolis, MN with her two matching schnauzers, though she spends much of her time on the road visiting MKs in the U.S. and overseas.