Question about Daily Life Overseas for missionaries:
"What does day-to-day life look like on the field? What is a typical day for a missionary?"
Editor's Note: While different missionaries' typical days vary a lot, you can get some ideas from reading missionary blogs. Some mission organizations host these on their websites. You can also find quite a few of them at Missionary Bloggers. You can get to know some missionaries and follow their lives through their newsletters, websites, and social media streams.
For me, a "typical" day consists of getting up at about 7am. Quiet time. Breakfast. Get the kids ready and off to school. Study for the coming ministry. Off to ministry. Lunch. Ministry. Collect kids from school and make dinner. Dinner. Study for ministry. Ministry. Put kids to bed. Bible study with my wife. Off to bed at about 10pm.
Your day will be what you want to make it in the Lord. Humans like routines. Once you find the routine that fits you on the mission field perform it with all your might.
Job title: Language/ Culture Learner
Purpose: To become familiar enough with the language and culture of the target people group to appropriately carry out the development/ discipleship process in selected communities.
To: Team Leader
With: Fellow team members
Team skills: Medical, agricultural, engineering, business, theology, social sciences
- BA or BS in professional discipline (advanced degrees depending on discipline)
- Mature faith in Jesus
- Experience in discipleship relationships
- Team player
- Passion for the poor, lost, and unreached peoples
Summary: Main task is to adapt to the new culture, learn the local language and culture with the goal of understanding ways your specialty skill and discipleship may empower people in this cultural context.
Review of job description: Bi-annually with team leader
1. Actively pursue a program of ongoing spiritual growth.
- Personal quiet time
- Corporate worship with team or local church
- Accountability group
2. Establish a healthy, nurturing home environment.
- Family time
- Spouse time
- Individual parent-child time
- Adoption of family (for singles), adoption of a single (for families)
- Personal space
- Leisure time
- Communication with supporters/family
3. Plan and implement a language acquisition and culture learning/adaptation program for target people group.
- Methodology (academic time, learner time, structured/unstructured time)
- Time commitment
- Alone/group time
- Set language level goals
- Immersion/non immersion justification
- Research on specialty skill
- Community relationships
- Culture stress
- Participation in community events (weddings, funerals, etc.)
4. Participate fully as a team member in creating a healthy team environment.
- Team meetings
- Rules of conduct (communication, conflict resolution, etc.)
5. Plan and implement activities for understanding regional applications of your specialty.
- Visit teammates and other teams
- Visit our ministry centers
- Visit projects conducted by other ministries.
- Discussion with local government and other NGOs
- Take training courses
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