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Dick & Nancy Baggé

Dick & Nancy Baggé

Lancaster, PA

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  • Date Posted: Jun 23, 2019
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  • Address: Lancaster, PA

Sending Agency/Organization:

Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL International


Dick & Nancy worked in Kenya for two decades, returning to the US in 2015 to continue serving as a psychiatrist and counselor for global workers affiliated with Wycliffe Bible Translators and their partner organizations.

Nancy’s first missions experience was as a nurse in a hospital in Ecuador which helped to forge a commitment to cross-cultural ministry. While anticipating a return to Latin America, she met Dick during graduate school (Public Health) and they were married in 1986. After a year in seminary and further training in Dallas, they moved to Nairobi in 1993 to serve the missions community in a counseling ministry. Nancy served as a leader in Bible Study Fellowship in Nairobi, as a trainer and facilitator for Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills (SYIS) workshops, in administrative roles at Tumaini Counseling Center, and as Advisory Committee Chair for the SIL Africa Group. In 2009 she completed an M.A. in Clinical Psychology at Wheaton and then worked as a counselor at Tumaini Counseling Center in Nairobi until they returned to the US in 2015. She served as a counselor at the JAARS center near Charlotte until 2020 and currently provides distance counseling for Wycliffe and related staff from their home in Lancaster, PA. She is also a Global Counseling Consultant for SIL.

Dick finished medical school in 1971, anticipating a career in traditional medical missions. While working in Native American communities in the US he became interested in the behavioral sciences and eventually completed a residency in psychiatry at Duke University in 1981 with a specialty in Geriatric Psychiatry. Dick then taught psychiatry at Medical College of Georgia from 1981-1992. During that time, he learned that Wycliffe had pioneered in providing counseling to their members and he began volunteering on weekends at the JAARS center in North Carolina. He and Nancy joined Wycliffe in 1990 and moved to Nairobi in 1993. Dick served as the SIL Africa Area Counseling Coordinator and provided psychiatric and counseling services from Tumaini Counseling Center in Nairobi. He traveled and consulted as needed. He co-authored the book, “Healing the Wounds of Trauma: How the Church Can Help” and facilitated training workshops based on the book. He currently serves as an SIL Global Counseling Consultant and continues to develop an adaptation of the Trauma Healing book for use with military personnel. He has special interests in grief, trauma, moral injury and the integration of Christianity and psychology.

Focus Points/Highlights of Ministry:

  • Counseling global workers who serve locally and overseas.
  • Consulting with mission leaders on challenging personnel situations.
  • Facilitating Scripture-based trauma healing training and development.
  • Facilitating recruitment and assignment of counselors and psychiatrists

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for wisdom in counseling cross-cultural ministry staff, both locally assigned and those who work globally.
  • Pray for the final revisions of trauma healing materials for military veterans and their families.
  • Pray for those in Ukraine who are using the trauma healing materials and training others
  • Pray for the development of good friendships since moving to Lancaster, PA.

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