Steve & Debra Rowe

After 30 years as missionaries with Converge in Brazil, the Rowes were invited to transition to the new responsibility of member care. Steve is now the Director of Converge Member Care, and has been engaged in building the Converge Member Care Team in 2017.

Why member care? The best answer is because Jesus cares for the overall wellbeing of our missionary staff. Cross-cultural missionary families encounter considerable challenges which can lead to unhealthy conditions for missionaries and their families, and diminished effectiveness in ministry. Member care is a response to Jesus’ command, “Love each other as I have loved you” (John 15:12), as well as to Paul’s injunction, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).

Why now? There is wisdom in preempting the crisis experiences in missionary life as best we can. Converge is targeting an additional 300 missionary units in the next 10 years, and 90% of new Converge candidates will focus on least reached people. This increases the likelihood of missionaries facing challenges that can bring harm to family and ministry, potentially resulting in early and unnecessary attrition. A crucial part of member care includes not sending and leaving missionaries isolated on the field. We want to be as Onesiphorus, of whom Paul could write, “he often refreshed me” ( 2 Tim. 1:16). Steve and Debra will maintain regular communication and visit our missionaries in Latin America and Asia.

Why the Rowes? Debra and I simply respond to this question in this way: As fellow travelers, our hearts resonate with the call to come alongside and encourage God’s “scattered servants.” Debra and I have a strong sense that our life experiences and training have led us to this point.

This video gives some insight into what has influenced us to focus on member care.

Steve & Debra Rowe

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