In this podcast, the second in this series about the phenomenon known as re-entry, we learn that it is a reality. Often missionaries go to the field thinking their biggest challenge will be adjusting to and learning a new culture on a foreign field. But the startling reality is this: coming home can be and […]
In Matthew 10 Jesus gave specific pre-field instruction and preparation for those He was sending out. Taking His example, we interview ministry security specialist Tim Dabney on pre-field steps for modern missionaries.
Over a meal, while traveling or around the Shepherd’s Staff office we’ve often said, “We should have recorded this conversation because it would’ve made a great podcast.” With the last podcast as well as some recent blog posts, the missionary call has been a frequent topic of our discussions and this time we turned on the recorder. The […]
http://ssmf.podbean.com/mf/play/8mz2r5/07TheMissionaryCall.mp3 The missionary call does not need to be as mysterious as many make it. There does not need to be confusion or questioning. In this podcast we lay out three simple principals for discerning the missionary call to go. They are taken from from Acts 13:1-3. Principal One: Location Call Principal Two: Personal Call Principal Three: Corporate Call This podcast […]
http://ssmf.podbean.com/mf/play/t3yb53/06TrainInternational.mp3 Why Pre-Field Missionary Training? Does God have the capacity to make an untrained missionary effective? He certainly can, and He occasionally does. But the facts show that missionary longevity and effectiveness are much more likely for the person who has expended the relatively minimal amount of money and time to be as prepared as possible for […]
A missionary survey trip is when a pre-field missionary purposely goes to the host country to pray for, prepare to move into, and pursue information needed to enter into ministry and life in that country. It is not a short-term mission, but a pre-field exercise for the home church and future missionary. Taking 10 to 14 days for a survey trip may seem costly in time and resources, […]