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How One Becomes a Missionary

June 05, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 200

Many people have a great desire to "give back." Some people are able to satisfy that desire by participating in or donating to various charities, churches and other organizations that bring assistance and relief to those in need. For others the desire is much more compelling, and calls for a higher commitment. One way some people are able to satisfy this urge is by becoming a volunteer worker, humanitarian worker or a missionary.

It certainly does take more than desire to become a missionary. It is a life calling that brings both fulfillment and, at times, great personal sacrifice. If you are considering devoting your life, or a portion of it, to missionary work, here is some information to help you on your journey:

  • Determine if the missionary calling is truly one for you. Two of the most important factors to consider are your health, and your ability to be alone, away from family and friends for an extended period of time. If you believe your health is up to it, and you can handle the loneliness, you're ready to continue exploring the missionary the options.
  • The next thing you want to do is determine which mission you want to work with. Different churches and organizations have different requirements for their missionaries. Some requirements are educational, some are faith based. Find the organization that is most in line with your education and personal beliefs.
  • Once you have narrowed down the kind of mission work you want to do, and where you want to serve, begin to learn all you can about your chosen field. The most effective missionaries are the ones who adopt the customs, culture and language of their chosen mission field. Learning a new language can be challenging, but remember that is will improve your ability to minister exponentially.
  • Build your missionary network. Every missionary experiences highs and lows in their calling. A wide network of fellow missionaries can be a tremendous support. You can also make your missionary journey easier by drawing on the experience of others who have walked the path before you.
  • Remember that it takes time. Even the greatest missionaries encountered delays and disappointments that delayed them getting to the mission field. Persevere.

In closing, here is a thought from one of the founding fathers of modern missions, William Carrey and Jim Elliot:

Expect great things from God, attempt great things for God.

He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.

John A Sinclaire is a writer and researcher for non-profit organizations such as The Family International. Dedicated to sharing a message of God's love around the world the family international volunteers are engaged in a wide range of humanitarian efforts in over 90 countries. For more information go to: http://www.thefamilyinternational.org/

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