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Rich Benson

Benson

We love helping missionaries be personally healthy and effective in their ministries, and we’re passionate about preventing unnecessary casualties. My ministry focus is providing care and counseling, equipping and encouraging missionaries through debriefing, pastoral counseling, natural abilities discovery, coaching, and interpersonal skills training. Alie loves to join me when she is free. She’s passionate about extending grace and helping people grow.

Our Background
Alie and I met through Wycliffe Bible Translators in 1985 and got married in 1986. I had served in the Navy and Alie was a college math teacher.

After linguistics training through Wycliffe we moved to Bundibugyo, Uganda (with our two year old Rebecca) in 1991 to help the Babwisi people translate the Bible into their own language. We had barely begun when we realized that Susan (born in 1992) had developmental delays. We had to return to the US to address her needs. Babwisi and American colleagues continued the work and completed the Lubwisi New Testament in 2016.

Not wanting to lose the investment we and others had made in getting us to Africa, we decided to use our gifting, training, and experience to help other missionaries go and thrive. While serving with Mission Training International I got my Masters in Biblical Counseling from Colorado Christian University in 1996. I’ve continued in member care, counseling and training in settings in the US and overseas, most recently with NavMissions.

While Alie loves encouraging missionaries with me, she is still Susan’s primary care-giver, so she sticks closer to home, tutoring math at the local community college and through her private tutoring, online and in our home.

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