Question about Professional Skills for missionaries:
"I am a speech therapist and I want to serve overseas. How could I use this in missions?"
There are some short-term options, such as Operation Smile which is an organization that does reconstructive surgery for children with cleft palate and cleft lip. They often need SLP help with feeding therapy following the surgery.
If you're looking for long-term options, you might need to be creative. It would be difficult to find a well-paid position overseas. If you're willing to go with a ministry organization and raise support, that broadens your options. Many missionary teams do work with children with disabilities, and speech therapy skills would definitely be useful for that. Christian international schools for the children of missionaries, diplomats, and other expats might also be able to use someone with those abilities.
This kind of ministry would be not only a way to improve the lives of these children, but also provides an opportunity for deep relationship with them and for teaching/living out the Gospel.
I am an American missionary working in South Africa. I am currently running an inclusion school that is in desperate need of a speech therapist who can work with autistic children. I have been looking and praying for a speech teacher who could come and work in this mission field. Please contact us.
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