There is a great deal of turnover among global workers particularly in the first four years on the field. Another significant portion return between four and seven years. If a global worker remains on the field for eight years, then we see much more stability of the field, as well as, fruitfulness in church planting.
Turnover is not a problem in and of itself. It is the implication that church planting typically takes longer than seven years to take root particularly within unreached people groups around the world. The Kingdom is at stake. This is what makes preventable attrition of global workers a focus of concern for all Christians and churches. Much is invested, so why would we not want to prevent unnecessary attrition?
A recent research project asked the question - “What are the greatest preventable reasons that global workers choose to return to their passport countries?” Can you guess some of the reasons for preventable attrition? They found five statistically significant causes for preventable attrition. Of those five, the one with the most responses was “lack of member care.”
How is it possible that in this day and age, global workers cannot receive the necessary care that they need to thrive on the field? Whose responsibility is it to provide care for global workers? Their sending organization, their sending church, their supporters, some independent care organization, self care, or some combination of these?
The problem is complex. The solution is simple.
Who doesn’t want a simple solution, especially to a complex problem? Are you ready? Here it is.
Providing the care that global workers need when, where, and how they need it by qualified/trained Care Providers. This happens to be what GRC does. We have a growing team of highly qualified Care Providers meeting with global workers locally (in the U.S.), online (everywhere in the world where there is an internet connection), and on-field (our teams go to strategic communities where we are needed). We are also developing “ Online Content” that can be used by global workers that don’t need face to face services but would benefit from educational resources for self-care.
So if GRC has the solution (knowledge, skills, people, and distribution systems), what is the problem? The problem is that GRC cannot keep up with the need. More mental health professionals and more funding are needed to meet the need. I mentioned that the solution was simple, but it is also difficult.
Unfortunately, thousands of global workers will leave the field prematurely because they cannot access the care that they need, when they need it, where they need it. Fortunately, you are part of the solution that is keeping hundreds of global workers thriving on the field.
Help us serve more global workers by telling others about GRC and asking them to also become financial partners with GRC or with our supported staff. Money is currently the primary obstacle to achieving this goal. With your help, we can change the world through thriving global workers spreading the gospel throughout the world!