Question about Singles/Families for missionaries:
"I am a single mother. Which missions agencies would consider accepting me as a missionary?"
Sometimes single mothers are able to work in schools (e.g., missionary boarding schools), so their child is cared for at the same place the mother serves.
There are other details to be considered. If you have a pre-schooler, then you would be so committed to the care of the child you would have no effective time to serve. Probably no mission would consider you until your children were at least in school. The more children involved, the more complicated an already difficult situation becomes.
Also, "single mother" suggests different things to different people. Any agency would want details, and so would people overseas. You will be asked a lot, "Where is your husband?" "Why don't you have a husband?" In some places there will be a lot of men willing to become your husband. In other words, you will come under the same pressure as single lady missionaries, and more.
Serving in your own country, perhaps in a home office position, might be a better fit (at least initially).
I hope that you are able to find an organization that will not limit your ability to serve. If not, please pray and consider serving as an independent missionary with the spiritual support of church members, Christian friends, and family members.
The age of the children can be a factor as well because of the need for schooling. Much depends on location. Your best bet is to contact the ministries and ask what facilities are available for single parents.
I was involved at YWAM Reef to Outback, in Townsville Australia, www.ywamrto.com. You can find other locations on the main YWAM website.
Editor's note: Another writer adds, "YWAM has a number of single parents. The primary issue would be a practical one of who would care for the children while the mother is working. The mention of working in a school was also a good one. We have a woman on our staff whose husband died last year and she wanted to stay on the field and be with her two young girls. She found a school with kindergarten and preschool and was able to volunteer there, and they even let both girls be in the same class with her."
We are simply called to bring hope to the brokenhearted, heal the sick, and be used by Jesus. If you can do that, then you can be used anywhere regardless of an organization.
Being a single parent is an amazing gateway for evangelism, in fact in many situations you will be able to reach those that others cannot! God can use you in toddler groups, for instance, or reaching to other single mothers. God bless you and go for it!
As a single mother, you may have a unique ministry depending on where you are. Many of the neediest places in the world where Christ's message is lacking include very difficult living circumstances for women. A woman who knows what it is like to raise children alone or has experience with relationship challenges may identify more readily with an audience of women in those parts of the world.
Do not trivialize the role you could play as a missionary because you may have an atypical journey to get there.
My recommendation for you is to consider a location/environment that is family-friendly :) I serve in one of those places, and know of many.
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