Adventures Long-Term Missions is the third year of a 3-year discipleship process. Just as Jesus walked with His disciples for three years before launching them into their full-time ministry careers, Adventures seeks to walk with those called to missions. If you have completed the World Race or Passport or an equivalent program and you feel called to a season as a long term, overseas missionary, click here to contact us!
**all applicants must complete training before being sent to the field
How to Become a Missionary
Maybe you grew up seeing pictures of mud huts with thatched roofs, people with large objects pierced through their earlobes, or little children with dirty feet and ragged clothing, flies buzzing around their eyes. You heard stories of meetings where thousands fell to their knees to receive Christ as their Lord, where the blind could see, the deaf could hear, and the lame danced.
Or maybe this is completely new to you. Maybe you were going through ordinary life, living the American dream, and realized it wasn't enough. Or better yet, you had an encounter with God and couldn't look away. Suddenly, things that mattered before weren't as important. You knew that you needed to do something different. God called you to be a missionary.
Here are four steps to becoming a missionary:
The first step should be a practice for the rest of your life: prayer. Pray about the who, what, when, where, and why of this process. Pray for God's direction and the ability to hear what He is saying—and to be obedient to his leading. Pray for God to break your heart like his for the hurting and the lost. Pray, listen, and never stop.
The second step is to talk to the people closest to you, the ones who love you unconditionally and know you the best. Ask them what they think. Ask them to pray with you.
The third step is to talk to your pastor. Ask him for insight, and most importantly, if the church would be your sending church and would commit not only to praying for you weekly, but supporting you financially as well.
The fourth step is to decide what kind of work you would like to do, where you feel God is leading you, and with which organization you would like to go. Start asking the people around you about different sending missions organizations. Search online. Do your research. And through it all, pray.
Ultimately, the Lord will lead you.
If you are reading this article, we hope you will consider going with Adventures in Missions! We are an interdenominational Christian missions organization with a focus on discipleship. For more information, please contact us at: 1.800.881.2461 or fill out our application form.