Question about Missionary Training for missionaries:
"How do I find a mentor to help me prepare for missions?"
The next time a missionary comes through your church or campus, take the initiative to talk to them or invite them over for a meal. Most of the time they are really nice people with all sorts of wisdom and insight. If missionaries don't come through your church all that often, keep your ears open for a missions conference in your area that may be hosted at a different church.
When you find a mentor, here are some things you might want to talk about:
- Tell about yourself (schooling, occupation, gifts/skill, missions experience).
- Tell about what God is doing in your life right now.
- Ask about obstacles (questions, unknowns, fears, finances, parents) you currently have about missions.
- Ask to hear the other person's story.
- How did they get involved in missions?
- What are the challenges they have run into?
- What have they found to be a help in keeping mission vision alive and growing?
- Ask for prayer.
Don't just sit there. Go talk to someone!
Finally... Don't forget missionary biographies. Just because someone is dead doesn't mean they can't still mentor you!
Adapted from Find a Mission Mentor, published on the website PreparingtoGo.
If your passion is to help encourage others to consider missions, we would enjoy talking with you more about how you might join one of our regional teams as a mission coach. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before a person even gets to the application process, SEND has mobilizers all over the country who meet with people who are interested in missions. They can help answer questions and move you to the next step, either with SEND or with an organization that better suits your gifts and calling.
But you may not be talking with a mission organization yet. Does your church have a mentoring program for those interested in missions? Ask your pastor, but remember that he may not be your best mentor. The best missions mentors are those who have served a long time in missions, not just those in ministry.
Are there retired missionaries in your circle of friends or your church? Look around for a man or woman you admire and with whom you feel you could connect. Then ask them if you can meet with them regularly and learn from them in a mentoring relationship.
Mentoring does not have to be face-to-face. You may have an experienced missionary in your life who would be willing to connect with you regularly on email or Skype or Facetime. You can each brew your OWN cup of coffee and plunge into the conversation.
What is going to work best for you?