Question about Missionary Training for missionaries:
"I have years of schooling left. How do I prepare and persevere?"
1. How can students get involved in missions now?
2. What does it mean to be a goer?
3. How can students pray for the world?
4. What does it mean to be a sender?
5. What does it mean to be a welcomer?
6. What does it mean to be a mobilizer?
7. What kinds of training can students get while still in school?
GOer Groups, Lesson 5: What To Do Now.
Another video, the final video in this series, unpacks these themes more. See GOer Groups, Lesson 7: Continuing On, which addresses the following questions:
1. What advice would you give to students who are mission minded?
2. How can students encourage one another while still in school?
These videos were produced by the Center for Mission Mobilization.
Take every opportunity you can to find out more about missions. Read mission magazines to learn about current mission activities around the world. Read biographies about missionaries. Talk to missionaries when you can. Find out more about missions by attending a Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course. Continue to take any step you believe will help your goal to become a missionary. Avoid choices that might prevent you from going to the mission field, such as incurring large debt or marrying someone not interested in missions.
If possible, find someone to mentor you and pray for you during the years of preparation to become a missionary. There may be many years before you move overseas, but God is faithful to help you get there, if you persevere.
Learn a second language. Learn Spanish if you have a heart for Latin America, French if you have a heart for Africa, and so on. If there is a community college in your area that offers a course in a different language family than your mother tongue, take classes to try it out and hone your language-learning ability.
Make friends with international students in your school and community.
Read, read, read. There is much to be learned from reading missionary biographies. Be inspired by their perseverance through every kind of trial, despite seeing little fruit for many years. Check out Mary Slessor, Hudson Taylor, Jim Elliot, William Carey, St. Patrick, and Adoniram Judson. Use the missionary biography series by Janet and Geoff Benge, Christian Heroes: Then and Now.
Stay in the Word and prayer and look for an opportunity to minister in your own church. It doesn't have to be related to missions. Just start trying things and thereby discover and confirm your spiritual gifts. Get experience in loving the unlovable and reaching those who don't know they need to be reached.
1. Volunteer: Take advantage of different opportunities to work with others in order to learn more about your gifts and interests as well as to practice what you're learning. This may include involvement in a church's Sunday school class or youth group. Participate in a campus Christian fellowship. Look for options to work with inner-city kids, whether with a Christian organization or not. Be willing to push beyond your comfort zone.
2. Integrate: At the end of every preparatory course you take, write a page or two on "What did I learn in this course that will help me serve later?" Then apply the basic principles to the needs of others.
Also, work on integrating the scientific principles you're learning with the spiritual principles the Lord is teaching you through your Bible reading, sermons you hear, conversations with mature Christians, and books you read. This will be a challenge. Look for appropriate opportunities to work Christian principles into your academic papers, even though your professors may question you. Make sure you quote respected Christian sources. Don't be discouraged if you're criticized or even ridiculed. Be willing to be stretched, but don't be obnoxious.
3. Seek: Ask the Lord to lay a country or a mission on your heart through reading, meeting a missionary, or attending a missionary conference. Get to know one or two missionaries who impress you, ask to receive their prayer letters, and intercede for them faithfully. Go on mission trips. Bombard visiting missionaries you respect with questions; the harder the questions the better. The time will come when you begin receiving from the Lord a specific focus, a burden, and a desire.
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