How to become a missionary (with pictures)

How to become a missionary (with pictures)
How to become a missionary (with pictures)

Being a missionary can be a rewarding spiritual experience, but taking steps is important to be sure that you are ready for such an effort. You have to meet basic conditions like age or faith criteria. Then try to contact members of your community about missionary work and do some personal research yourself. Once you've found what is right for you, all you need to do is go through the recruiting process and get training!


Part 1 of 4: meet the basic criteria

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Step 1. Make sure you are of age for a mission trip

Minimum age standards may vary by organization. Some set the limit at 18, while others prefer older applicants. Before going any further, try to find a program that suits your age group.

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Step 2. Be active in church

Missionary organizations are looking for candidates who are fully committed to their faith. The best way to demonstrate this is to volunteer and support your congregation as much as possible. It's also a good way to prove that you are doing it for good reasons. If you find that you are more involved in church taxes, missionary activities may not be what you need.

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Step 3. Devote yourself to your faith through volunteerism and reflection

Going on a mission abroad can be an exhausting experience. You will have to rely firmly on your faith to overcome difficult times. Some interview processes may involve prayer and time for religious reflection. Spend time in peace and do your best to be as involved as possible in Christian organizations.

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Step 4. Complete the professional qualification criteria

Some groups will only give priority to those with a particular professional skill, be it medical, educational or linguistic. If you are planning to work in a sectoral field, make sure you have the equivalent qualifications. Some organizations may require a bachelor's degree or a university degree, so be on the lookout for that as well.

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Step 5. Learn other languages

Language skills are often part of the training process, but this is not a guarantee. Several missionary groups met in foreign countries with a different mother tongue. Some organizations may require a mastery of the foreign language before registration, so be prepared for this.

Part 2 of 4: Finding and Choosing a Missionary Organization

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Step 1. Seek advice from your pastor

By far the most useful resource person you can find is the pastor in your congregation. He will know if the church is planning a humanitarian trip and can refer you to similar organizations. He can also give you advice to help you make your decision.

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Step 2. Approach a mentor

Chances are, someone in your ward has served as a missionary before. Ask him questions and listen to his experience carefully. Chances are he will share a lot of information with you about the pros and cons of this job. You can ask him the following questions for a start.

  • Why did you become a missionary?
  • What was your daily life like?
  • What kinds of lifestyle changes did you have to make before you left?
  • Are there things you wish you had known before going?
  • Has the mission helped you strengthen your faith?
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Step 3. Research multiple organizations

Each group has a particular religious methodology for its programs. Catholic organizations may have a different doctrine from Protestant organizations. Make sure you choose the religious group that perfectly matches your ideals. Your pastor or members of your congregation can help you see things more clearly.

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Step 4. Reduce your areas of interest

Some missions will focus only on evangelization abroad while others will carry out more concrete actions. This can range from building houses to installing wells in villages to promote literacy to providing medical care. Try to make a list of the activities that interest you the most and that you are good at. Turn to the organizations that deal with it.

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Step 5. Research the likely countries of assignment

Many missions are carried out in developing countries, but some missionaries may stay in France or travel to more developed countries. Get used to the languages, culture and location of the places where you will be working. Some congregations will let you choose your duty station while others may simply assign you without notice. Make sure you have verified your areas of interest regarding organizational doctrine and headquarters areas.

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Step 6. Talk to immigrants in your country of assignment

An immigrant from one of the countries on your list may live in your area. Find out if there is an NGO or community center in your town for immigrants from a particular country. Reach out to managers personally and listen to their stories.

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Step 7. Choose a program of a length that works for you

The duration of humanitarian missions varies greatly. While some only last a week or two, others can last for years. If you already have a family and a stable job in your country, you should give preference to short-term assignments. On the other hand, if a lot of things aren't holding you back, long-duration missions may be right for you.

Part 3 of 4: Complete the application form and take the interview

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Step 1. Create a portfolio with a well-written personal essay

Fill out any necessary forms and write the required personal essays well in advance of the date you wish to start. Remember that the essay is an integral part of the application process. The essay questions may vary from congregation to congregation, but be sure to focus on your purpose, as well as what motivates you to evangelize and help those in need.

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Step 2. Don't forget the essays and references during the interview

Being very prepared can only do you good. Always keep a copy of your essays handy along with contact information for references.

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Step 3. Take part in the interview

Like the request, the interview depends on the organization. The majority of questions are defined by program staff, but expect the following:

  • you must devote yourself to prayer and deep reflection,
  • talk to a doctor about health risks,
  • speak frankly about your faith,
  • agree to submit to a background check.

Part 4 of 4: getting ready for departure

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Step 1. Pay off all your debts before you leave

It will be difficult to start a new life if you have past due debt, whether it's your student loans, a mortgage or your credit cards. You can do any of the following:

  • pay your debts in full,
  • look for adjournment options. This can be granted to those doing non-profit work,
  • see if relatives or close friends can pay off the debt while you are abroad.
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Step 2. Adopt healthy habits before you leave

During your stay abroad, your diet and your daily habits will change dramatically. If you have a history of a medical complication, be sure to tell the program doctor. Here are some tips for staying healthy as you approach your trip.

  • Exercise regularly.
  • Get rid of bad eating habits, like eating junk food or not having fixed meal times.
  • Adjust your sleep time to the mission schedule.
  • Take vitamins and food supplements so you don't get sick before you leave.
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Step 3. Free up your schedule to take the training

The duration of the training varies from one association to another. You can often expect to take six to a year of training before going into the field. For some training, you will need to relocate while others can be done online.

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Step 4. Pack your bags according to the directions

Start very early. This will give you enough time to pack the things that you are likely to forget at the last minute. For each training program, you should receive a list of recommended items. Be prepared to obey the rules about what you are allowed to take with you. Also, do not forget about outlets, plugs and electrical storage devices, as they may not be easily accessible in the field.

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