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front line. M. I. N. I. S. T. R. I. E. S. M. I. S. S. I. O. N. serving those on the front lines of ministry. From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. Ephesians 4:16. P. U.

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serving those on the front lines of ministry

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From Him the whole body, joined and held togetherby every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love,as each part does its work.Ephesians 4:16

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Missionaries around the world are nurtured, renewed and equipped to administer grace in their work and in their personal relationships.

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  • Establish an effective model for implementing a comprehensive support program to deal with the challenges of human relationships.
  • Reduce the attrition rate of missionaries and the recurring expense of recruiting and training new people.
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  • 1998 - Established after 2 ½ years of careful research on the need for an organization that would provide support services to missions in foreign fields.
  • 1999 – Presented team-building model to 7 U.S. churches and took our first 2 trips to Moscow, Russia.
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  • 2000 – Traveled to Russia (3 trips) & Mexico (1 trip).
  • 2001 – Served 5 missions organizations involved in 12 countries.
  • 2002 – Developed organizational structure: team of consultants.
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why we need . . .

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Attrition

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1 career missionary in 20 leaves the field every year.

47% leave their work within the first 5 years!

71% of these losses are for preventable reasons.

  • Statistics taken from “Too Valuable to Lose”, edited by William Taylor.
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International, long-term missionary force estimated at 150,000 (very conservative), 7,650 missionaries leave the field annually!

Over a 4-year term, this number jumps to 30,600!

  • Statistics taken from “Too Valuable to Lose”, edited by William Taylor.
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Over 21,000 of these losses are PREVENTABLE!

  • Statistics taken from “Too Valuable to Lose”, edited by William Taylor.
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  • In one study, 49% of cases caused by relationship problems.
  • Top five causes of preventable attrition involve issues of character and relationships.
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  • Missionaries are People, too.
  • The new generation of missionaries reflects the moral, ethical and family struggles of our culture. Many come from broken homes and bring to the field the resultant relational and personal struggles.
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A Lack of Resources

72% of missionary agencies have no in-house orientation, training or preventative support programs.

  • Lack of funds.
  • Variety of skills and training required to provide support.
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Typical Missionary:

  • $43,500 in one-time costs for training and relocation
  • $52,000 in yearly support
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  • A Major Investment
  • Over 5 years . . .
  • $303,500
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These men and women are highly valuable assets for the kingdom of God.

Good stewardship requires that these investments be handled well.

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Team training to enhance the team’s vision & level of effectiveness:

  • People differences
  • Team building
  • Conflict management
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  • Spiritualrenewal & refreshment
    • Seminars
    • Retreats
  • Personal & confidential counseling:
    • On-site
    • E-mail
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  • Preventative training seminars -- teach skills to enhance relationships:
    • Ministry
    • Personal
  • Informational seminars – strengthen marriages & families
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  • Technological assistance – develop personalized materials to help missionaries communicate their stories (decreasing amount of time away from field).
where god s using flm

Russia

  • Moscow: Hinkson Christian Academy and Russian Ministries
  • Samara: Campus Crusade for Christ - Family Life and Youth Ministries
  • Kaluga: Word of Life Church
Where God’s Using FLM
where god s using flm1

Mexico

  • Mexico City: Central American Mission, Int’l
  • Puebla: CAM
Where God’s Using FLM
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Guatemala

  • Central American Mission, International
Where God’s Using FLM
where god s using flm3

Sudan

  • Voice of the Martyrs
  • Cameroon
  • Medical Centers of West Africa
Where God’s Using FLM

Africa

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Staff members of FLM have achieved

  • high levels of academic training
  • extensive professional experience
  • reputations for excellencein their chosen fields.
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The majority of the staff members’ income is provided through their primary employment… thereby maximizing the impact of the financial support received through FLM.

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  • Support us in prayer
  • Stay informed
  • Support us through financial gifts
  • Spread the word
    • Those who might benefit
    • Those who might be willing to become involved with us
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