Question about Guidance for missionaries:

"Iíve been wanting to become something similar to an administrative assistant for missionaries. Is this something thatís needed? If so, what skills are most needed? How would you recommend getting these skills?"

"You can help carry the weight of logistics and administration for those who lack these gifts."

Answer from Jennifer in Indonesia, who has served with YWAM and Pioneers in Australia, Indonesia, and Singapore for seven years.

There are many missionaries involved in church planting. mercy ministry, evangelism, etc, who struggle with the day-to-day logistics necessary to serve in ministry. These workers feel their gifting is working directly with people and feel burdened by the extra "weight" of necessary administrative tasks. I have personally heard many missionaries say that they WISH they had more administratively gifted people on their missionary teams.

Skills in organization, writing, finance, scheduling/logistics and strategic planning are very, very valuable skills to possess on the mission field.

In addition to the mission field needing administratively-gifted individuals, missionary mobilization bases (those that focus on training and sending new missionaries to the field) are always in need of administrative assistants, typically in a variety of areas (finance, member care, training, etc). Some of these administrative positions might even be partially or fully-salaried because of the great need for these individuals.

Do some research and inquire with some mission agencies you find interesting. I can almost guarantee you will find many, many opportunities!

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