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6 Things We Do

Our Personalized Approach

Services

The 631 Solution provides a comprehensive range of services for cross-cultural workers, the organizations they work for, and the communities that send them. From debriefing to sender-equipping, we engage with you where you are to bring lifelong health and effectiveness as you work and serve others around the world.

Reflect and Recalibrate

Debriefing

Debriefing involves a deliberate examination of a particular period of time in the past or present. This guided process seeks to identify what has changed inwardly and outwardly as a result of those events and to discern God’s hands in the midst of them. Adjusting to God’s perspective helps you formulate a response that produces personal growth and a closer walk with the Lord.

Debriefing can be helpful as a regular practice, during any transition, or in response to a difficult season or traumatic event. Usually this is a 4-5 day process. If you are in the habit of doing regular debriefs, the process may move more quickly.

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Tell Your Story

Learn to tell your story in an honest and beneficial way as you process the highs and lows of life on and off the field.

Gain Clarity

Process your emotions and thoughts in a supportive and safe environment.

Facilitate Transition

Examine the effects of transition and discover strategies to make them more manageable.

Foster Resilience

Learn from experiences, develop healthy coping strategies, and build emotional strength for future challenges.

Live with Grace

Coaching

Cross-cultural workers live a life of frequent transition. Put simply, something is always changing. Some transitions need debriefing, others benefit more from coaching–an outside party guiding a process of observation and planning so that you and your family ride out the change in a way that promotes health and wholeness and a deeper connection with God and others.

One of The 631 Solution’s specialties is Re-Entry Coaching, designed for when God is moving you or one of your children back to your passport culture after an extended time overseas.

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We also offer coaching that helps on-the-field workers navigate the complexities of life overseas. Whether it is managing the challenges of daily life, raising children in your host culture, or working in teams, our coaching services are tailored to meet your unique needs.

Raise Healthy Kids Across Cultures

Discover the impact cross-cultural living has on your child and learn to shepherd them through the ups and downs of living internationally.

Transition Well

Experience smoother transitions to or from the field by gaining insights and developing skills to manage change.

Create Healthy Rhythms

Develop patterns for work, life, and family balance that foster resilience.

Navigate Team Life

Learn the dance of team collaboration with its differing personalities and challenging dynamics.

Grow Spiritually

Pastoral Care

We recognize the importance of spiritual and emotional well-being in the lives of cross-cultural workers. Our pastoral care services provide compassionate support and guidance that nurtures your faith, helps you cope with stress, and find renewed strength for your journey.

Similar to spiritual direction, pastoral care is holding prayerful space for someone else and remaining attentive to the Spirit of God on behalf of that person. It is the process of helping people become aware of what God is up to in their lives.

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In our context, both debriefing and coaching carry an element of pastoral care. But sometimes, the situation is not that specific. There are times when a person senses that God is up to something different in his life. There are also times when a person finds himself feeling the uneasiness of questions or doubts.

In this space, it can be helpful to take a step outside of one’s normal routine to pay attention and to discern how God is leading and how we can align ourselves to His movement in our lives. Pastoral care help facilitate that process.

Often, pastoral care is birthed out of the relationship formed in debriefing and coaching. Sometimes, cross-cultural workers find themselves in organizations that do not provide ongoing member care. In each case, we can step in to help fill that void and will tailor our role to best meet your needs.

Spiritual Nourishment

Deepen your faith, seek God in your experiences, and draw strength from spiritual support.

Renewed Purpose

Rediscover a sense of purpose, finding renewed energy and motivation to continue cross-cultural service with confidence.

Emotional Wellness

Address emotional well-being with a compassionate ear, wise counsel, and practical tools for managing stress and anxiety.

Develop Relationships

Develop a personal relationship with seasoned workers who understand the challenges of living and working in a cross-cultural context.

Partner Effectively

Consultation

Organizations that send and support cross-cultural workers play a crucial role in their success. Whether you are a sending organization, a local assembly, or an outreach committee, we can assist you in developing member care strategies, policies, and practices that promote the well-being and effectiveness of your sent ones.

We also provide training and resources to help you prepare, support, and sustain cross-cultural workers in your care throughout the course of their assignment.

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Strategic Alignment

Align mission, vision, and strategies with the needs and realities of cross-cultural work, ensuring greater effectiveness and impact.

Policy Development

Develop policies and procedures that promote well-being, safety and security, and enhance support mechanisms.

Stakeholder Engagement

Facilitate stakeholder engagement and collaboration to ensure all voices are heard and valued in decision-making processes, building a culture of partnership with national and cross-cultural workers.

Stronger Partnerships

Nurture stronger partnerships between senders and sent ones by promoting mutual understanding and collaboration.

Build Better Teams

Training

Effective teamwork is essential for achieving objectives in cross-cultural settings. We equip both newly-forming and well-seasoned teams with tools, skills, and insights needed to collaborate effectively across cross-cultural boundaries.

Our program covers perspectives on culture, transition, communication, conflict resolution, and work-life rhythms, as well as first-year support follow-ups. We can provide training for teams in the context of retreats, planning sessions and workshops.

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Enhance Communication

Develop communication skills tailored to cross-cultural contexts, deepening understanding and minimizing misunderstandings within diverse teams.

Foster Collaboration

Foster collaboration and teamwork among members, enhancing synergy and productivity.

Strengthen Team Dynamics

Address team dynamics and conflict resolution strategies specific to cross-cultural environments, building cohesive and resilient teams.

Build Cultural Competence

Equip teams with tools and insights to navigate cultural differences effectively, promoting respect and appreciation for diversity.

Journey with Confidence

Equipping

We have no greater joy than mentoring those who are embarking on a journey of following God when He is leading them to serve cross-culturally. From the initial stirring of the heart towards cross-cultural work to the transition to the field, and beyond, we are committed to empowering individuals and families called to serve in diverse cultural contexts.

Throughout your journey, we offer guidance and counsel as you navigate crucial steps such as choosing a sending agency, building a support team, training, transitioning to full-time service on the field, adapting to life and ministry in another culture, and more. At every turn, we are here to walk alongside you, providing support and guidance every step of the way.

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Strategic Preparation

Ensure you are well-prepared for cultural adaptation through practical training and logistical considerations.

Spiritual and Emotional Support

Receive wise counsel, encouragement, and prayer as you navigate the challenge and joys of working cross-culturally.

Personalized Mentoring

Receive mentoring that spans from discerning your call to establishing yourself on the field, ensuring you have the support you need at every stage of your journey.

Sustained Impact

Sustain impact with wisdom, encouragement, and practical support as you navigate the various stages of life on the field.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate?

Our services are designed with cross-cultural workers in mind, from pre-launch to post-field. Singles, couples, and families benefit from our service offerings. Although most of what we do focuses on adults, Matt is a TCK himself and has a heart for kids growing up between cultures. Our family debriefings include sessions that involve children ages 6 and up. Having raised three children on the field, Matt and Cindy can also be a resource for you as parents of TCKs.

If you are not a cross-cultural worker, you might still be able to benefit from what we have to offer. Contact us to set up a call to discuss your needs.

How do I get started?

Getting started is simple! Completing the form on the “Get Started” page gives us a big picture overview of who you are and what you need. Within a few days of receiving the form, we will connect with you by email to set up a video call so that we can get to know one another better and discuss the best approach to meet your needs. Click here to get started today.

How much does it cost?

Cost varies based on service and location.

What are Matt and Cindy’s qualifications?

Matt, an ordained minister, and Cindy bring a wealth of experience and expertise to their roles, with qualifications that blend practical know-how with spiritual depth. With a combined service spanning over two decades across Albania and Greece, they have honed their cross-cultural understanding since 1999.

Both Matt and Cindy have specialized training in debriefing from Le Rucher, Europe’s premier debriefing center. They have also completed Larry Crabb’s School of Spiritual Direction. Both are certified facilitators and trainers through the American Bible Society’s Trauma Healing Institute. Their academic foundation, which includes 30 undergraduate hours of Bible training, coupled with their degrees—a combination of two B.A.s and a B.S.—reflects a commitment to both practical and theological education.

Matt’s upbringing as a Third Culture Kid (TCK) in Australia and their shared background in church-planting families enrich their understanding of the dynamics of growing up in cross-cultural and ministry families. As parents who raised three children while navigating cross-cultural experiences, Matt and Cindy embody resilience and empathy in their approach to member care.

Visit our about page to learn more about Matt and Cindy.

Are Matt and Cindy licensed counselors?

No. While Matt and Cindy are highly qualified and able to meet many needs, they are not professional counselors. They would be happy to meet with you via video chat to learn more about your situation and make recommendations regarding continued connection or referrals to organizations that provide clinical services.

Where are you located?

The 631 Solution is located in Jackson, Tennessee. Matt and Cindy can host singles or couples in their home, where they have one floor of their home dedicated to guests with a king-sized bedroom, private bath, and a living space with a limited kitchenette.

While you are with them, Matt and Cindy not only provide talk-services, but relationships are also developed over shared meals.

They can make recommendations for nearby accommodations if you prefer more privacy.

For families with children, Matt and Cindy can travel to your location so that your children can remain in a comfortable, familiar space with many of their routines and caregivers still in place.

Visit our locations page to learn more about your options and our facility.

Do you offer services to those who are not cross-cultural workers?

When we have availability, we can offer many of our services to others, such as stateside ministry workers, business workers who are preparing to work internationally or returning from those assignments, or others who need to talk through a period of difficult experiences. We also offer premarital counseling and wedding officiating to couples in the local area.

Please, contact us for more information about these services.

I have more questions that aren’t answered here.

Visit our FAQ page for a full list of the most commonly asked questions. If you still have a question, then complete the form on our contact page or email us directly at info@631solution.org.

How can I support The 631 Solution?
Thank you for your interest in supporting our work. The 631 Solution is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The fees generated by our services do not cover the  majority of our operating or living costs. Our work is dependent on the generosity of faithful donors like you. Click here to set up a one-time or recurring donation.

I loved my time with Matt and Cindy, and I’m so thankful for them! They provide a safe space to process, and they listen with a patience and care that is hard to find. Their debrief method is wise and helpful. I left feeling refreshed and better equipped for what’s next. If you have the opportunity to do this, I definitely recommend it!

Rachel W.

Latin America

Ready to Get Started?

The first step in the process is completing the get started form. We will connect with you via email to set up a video call to discuss your specific needs and create a personalized plan of action to keep you healthy and effective wherever you are in your journey.