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• Free e-Chapter 7 on Identity in Christ, of the book, Learning to Fly … by Learning to Follow: Practical Discipleship.
• Free e-Chapter 2 on Preparation to go as Missionary of the book, Learning to FishPreparation for the Field.

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Thriving in Difficult Places – Volume 1

Identity in Christ – Learning to Fly

Preparation to go as … – Learning to Fish


We want to showcase or introduce several books:

• “Learning to Fly … by Learning to Follow: Practical Discipleship”

is a 200-page letter-sized (American size A4) ensemble of 23 topics on how to practically follow Christ in real life. It is not necessarily loyal to the contemporary notion of elevating self and man. It is rather about being ready to die to self, to take up your cross and follow the Lord and Saviour of our lives, even if it is uncomfortable, painful and brings about persecution to do so. This manual is informative and concise, with down to-earth principles to apply in one’s personal life. It is a handy, Scripture based tool from which one can also teach others.

• “Learning to Fish – Preparation for the Field”

This handbook is a 200-page letter-sized (American size A4) ensemble of 20 topics on how to practically prepare for the mission field – on how to become and be a missionary. It is not only a helpful, down-to-earth tool for aspirant missionaries, but also for those who are already on the field and in ministry.

It is informative, concise and practical in its approach to train missionaries. It is not intended as an in-depth study of any of its 20 topics, because a myriad of books exist to help missionaries and other workers in each aspect of their work. However, this would be a helpful and valuable work tool for individuals and for mission agencies who train people in preparation for the mission field!

• “Thriving in Difficult Places – Member Care for Yourself and Others”

This is a practical, down-to-earth Missionary Care Handbook for daily or occasional use. The handbook is more than a handbook or manual – it is rather a practical tool. You will probably not sit down and read the whole book at once. However, when you need a chapter in order to help yourself or a missionary or aid worker, or to teach and train, it is readily available as a tool on and off the field. It is a self-help and “help others” tool to encourage, counsel, understand and train.



Who will benefit from these books the most? The author has written these books first and foremost for mission and aid workers – for their training, to help them to disciple others and for their self-care. However, it was also written for their leaders, coaches and Member Care Providers, for the trainers and training institutes of Christian missionaries, for pastors and other Christian workers, as well as for sending and other churches and for their pastors. These tools are also to help the family members, friends and supporters of mission and aid workers. The Member Care handbook will also be helpful for pastors and theological students in order to help them to look after themselves and their colleagues in ministry, enhancing longevity in ministry, even if it is at home.

About the Author

Dr. Brenda (PhD and DDiv) is a freelance Member Care consultant and trainer, author, participates in radio talks and an ordained pastor. For more than 25 years, Brenda has been caring for missionaries as well as training experienced groups of missionaries from a variety of agencies and Bible Colleges on various continents in Member Care Provision and Self-Care.

These books and corresponding PowerPoints came about when she saw a dire need for a down-to-earth, practical Member Care Manual for novices and non-professionals. She started doing research for this resource in 2003, launched an online survey in 2005, and started writing in 2008.

Brenda resides in South Africa and has an adopted son, Donny, who is a brave survivor from the genocide in Burundi, now thriving as a registered nurse in Johannesburg. He is married to Cesilia from Tanzania.