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Missionary Preparation, Sending Missionaries, Tentmaking, Returning Missionaries, and Missionary Biographies



Article

Hometown Ministry as Pre-Field Preparation
By Joshua Massey

https://www.emqonline.com/node/1516
https://www.emqonline.com/
"In today's America, missionary appointees have great opportunities for significant cross-cultural ministry experience before they go overseas. An ever increasing number of Buddhists pagodas, Hindu temples, Sikh gurudwaras, and Muslim mosques are being built throughout North America. God has brought the nations to us. This mass immigration of nations is no longer confined to urban centers; it is getting more and more difficult to find a US town where no immigrants reside. These trends provide tremendous opportunities for those God is preparing as his ambassadors to the nations." (Read more about this article, click on the link above.)

Mission Handbook 21st Edition
Missiologically Thinking

http://www.jdpayne.org/2010/08/12/mission-handbook-21st-edition/
http://www.jdpayne.org/
"The Handbook is a collection of nearly 1,000 mission agencies-with staff anywhere from 2 people to 5,000 or more-that are based in the U.S. or Canada but are doing work overseas. Each listing includes information on how/who to contact, mission statement, purpose statement, year founded, annual income, personnel statistics, where the agency is serving, and what kind of work they are doing." (Read more about this article, click on the link above.)

Where are We Headed?
By Greg Parsons

http://www.missionfrontiers.org/issue/article/where-are-we-headed
http://www.missionfrontiers.org/
"Experienced field coaches who work with mission teams in tough places believe that one of the biggest reasons-often unstated-for missionary attrition is that the missionaries aren't actually getting anywhere. They aren't getting anything done." (Read more about this article, click on the link above.)

Book

I Think God Wants Me To Be A Missionary
By Neal Pirolo

https://www.eri.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=42&Itemid=31
https://www.eri.org/
Prompted by the high attrition rate of missionaries who do not first "count the cost" of cross-cultural ministry, Neal Pirolo offers this book to help candidates look closely at scores of issues that should be clarified long before they say, "Goodbye." In an easy-to-read style of dialogue, four young people represent thousands of people who are making that statement: I think God wants me to be a missionary!

Mission Handbook: U.S. and Canadian Protestant Ministries Overseas 21st Edition
Edited by Linda J. Weber

https://www.amazon.com/Mission-Handbook-Canadian-Protestant-Ministries/dp/1879089513
https://www.amazon.com/
The Mission Handbook has been providing leaders in the mission community with invaluable and comprehensive information on the who, what, where, and how of North America mission agencies. The 21st edition provides you with nearly 1,000 agencies working overseas. Each listing includes contact information, types of mission activity, areas of service, personnel statistices, and more. An in-depth analysis of North American missions gives you a synopsis of trends and comparisons in North America Missions.

Operation World
http://www.operationworld.org/
Operation World is a book of prayer information about the world. It is now on its seventh edition and it has been translated into several languages. This book is a must have if you are preparing to become a missionary.

Send Me! Your Journey to the Nations
By Steve Hoke & Bill Taylor
AbeBooks.com

https://www.abebooks.com/9780878082940/Send-Journey-Nations-Steve-Hoke-0878082948/plp
https://www.abebooks.com/
This book is an excellent starting point for people interested in doing mission works. It goes step-by-step through a process that helps discern their journey in serving as missionaries.

Send Me! Your Journey to the Nations
By Steve Hoke & Bill Taylor
Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Send-Me-Your-Journey-Nations/dp/0878082948
https://www.amazon.com/
This book is an excellent starting point for people interested in doing mission works. It goes step-by-step through a process that helps discern their journey in serving as missionaries.

Send Me! Your Journey to the Nations
By Steve Hoke & Bill Taylor
Koorong

https://www.koorong.com/search/product/send-me-steve-hoke-bill-taylor/0878082948.jhtml
https://www.koorong.com/
This book is an excellent starting point for people interested in doing mission works. It goes step-by-step through a process that helps discern their journey in serving as missionaries.

Serving As Senders Today
By Neal Pirolo

http://www.eri.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=37&Itemid=27
http://www.eri.org/
This book answers the question of how you can get involved in the Great Commission of world evangelization.

The Autobiography of Hudson Taylor: Missionary to China
By J. Hudson Taylor
Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Autobiography-Hudson-Taylor-Missionary-Illustrated-ebook/dp/B005LD43PO
https://www.amazon.com/
The autobiography of the founder of the China Inland Mission and his Christian Missionary endeavors in the late 19th century. An inspiring autobiography to rely on God the Father to answer prayers.

The Autobiography of Hudson Taylor: Missionary to China
By J. Hudson Taylor
Barnes & Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-autobiography-of-hudson-taylor-j-hudson-taylor/1113661470?type=eBook
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/
The autobiography of the founder of the China Inland Mission and his Christian Missionary endeavors in the late 19th century. An inspiring autobiography to rely on God the Father to answer prayers.

The Reentry Team: Caring for Your Returning Missionaries
By Neal Pirolo

https://www.eri.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=41&Itemid=30
https://www.eri.org/
Neal Pirolo is the director of Emmaus Rd Int. Having sensed that reentry support was the most neglected, yet greatly needed, he has given us this throughtful study on how to care for returning missionaries. It is his heart's desire to see our missionaries better cared for.

Working Your Way to the Nations: A Guide to Effective Tentmaking (2nd edition)
Edited by Jonathan Lewis, Ph.D.
Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Working-Your-Way-Nations-Tentmaking/dp/0830819053
https://www.amazon.com/
Ever since the Apostle Paul had a job making tents to support his work of spreading the gospel, "tentmakers" have played an important role in the fulfillment of the Great Commission. This workbook is a practical guide to following in Paul's footsteps.

Working Your Way to the Nations: A Guide to Effective Tentmaking (2nd edition)
Edited by Jonathan Lewis, Ph.D.
AbeBooks.com

https://www.abebooks.com/9780830819058/Working-Way-Nations-Guide-Effective-0830819053/plp
https://www.abebooks.com/
Ever since the Apostle Paul had a job making tents to support his work of spreading the gospel, "tentmakers" have played an important role in the fulfillment of the Great Commission. This workbook is a practical guide to following in Paul's footsteps.

Working Your Way to the Nations: A Guide to Effective Tentmaking (2nd edition)
Edited by Jonathan Lewis, Ph.D.
Barnes & Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/working-your-way-to-the-nations-jonathan-lewis/1112133945
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/
Ever since the Apostle Paul had a job making tents to support his work of spreading the gospel, "tentmakers" have played an important role in the fulfillment of the Great Commission. This workbook is a practical guide to following in Paul's footsteps.

Directory

Books on Missions
http://www.missionresources.com/books.html
http://www.missionresources.com/
Listed on this page are books on missions you can read in your preparation as missionary. The books have description in it and links where you can get them.

Christian Correspondence Courses
http://www.missionresources.com/correspondence.html
http://www.missionresources.com/
An excellent outreach idea for missionaries are correspondence courses. When many missionaries prepare to go on the field and are raising support, is is often wise to raise a work fund for correspondence courses, tracts, videos, books, Bible study materials, and more.

Cross Cultural Training
http://www.missionresources.com/crosscultural.html
http://www.missionresources.com/
Christians who are planning to become misisonaries in other countries must learn the country's culture so that evangelism is more effective. Search for cross cultural training resources on this page.

Displays for Missionaries and Christians
http://www.missionresources.com/display_for_missions.html
http://www.missionresources.com/
Listed on this page are missionary organizations and companies that helps missionaries create displays they can use as presentations for their ministry when they visit other churches .

Evangelical Training Directory
http://www.evangelicaltrainingdirectory.org/public/us/
This is a searchable multi-lingual database of evangelical Bible colleges and pastoral, theological, and missionary training programs, courses, and resources worldwide to help you find the training you need to serve the Lord.

Friendraising and Fundraising for Missionaries
http://www.missionresources.com/fundraisng.html
http://www.missionresources.com/
Many missionaries are being supported by themselves or by their friends. You can find on this page many links to books and resources that can help you in your fund raising activity for your mission trip.

Language Learning Resources
http://www.missionresources.com/languages.html
http://www.missionresources.com/
If you want to be a missionary in other countries, it is important that you learn their language. Listed on this page are links to different language learning resources. These can help you in your preparation as missionary.

Mission Handbook - listing US and Canadian Ministries Serving Overseas
http://www.missionresources.com/missionhandbook.html
http://www.missionresources.com/
This page has a list of links on Mission Handbook.

Missionary Training Resources
http://www.missionresources.com/missionarytraining.html
http://www.missionresources.com/
You will find many links to missionary training resources on this page. Each link has a description to make searching easier.

Prayer Cards for Missionaries
http://www.missionresources.com/prayercards.html
http://www.missionresources.com/
It is good for missionaries to bring prayer cards with them especially when they are on mission trips. A prayer card has a size of a business card. Missionaries can include in the prayer cards their address, email address, and phone number.

Short-Term Missions Resource Directory
http://www.missionresources.com/shorttermmissions.html
http://www.missionresources.com
This page has a list of organizations that offer short-term mission trips and programs.

Video Productions for Missionaries
http://www.missionresources.com/videoproduction.html
http://www.missionresources.com/
Many missionaries will prepare a video or a slide presentation for their ministry. Some ministries will help prepare video presentations for ministries. This can be expensive so it might be a good idea to video-tape your ministry with a camcorder and have someone edit it for you later. This link provides links to ministries offering video editing services for a low price.

World Christian Tract Directory
http://www.tractlist.com
Tracts are an excellent way to reach out to people. You can search for tracts on this website.

World Christian Tract Ministry
http://www.tractministry.com
Missionaries use tracts in their ministries. This page has a list of tracts for outreach ministries.

World Christian Video Directory
http://www.christianvideos.org
Many missionaries use videos/films to communicate the Gospel to the people. The World Christian Video Directory has a list of Christian videos in different languages. You can search for videos and films you would like to bring to your mission area on this website.

Homeschooling Resources

ABEKA
https://www.abeka.com/homeschool/
https://www.abeka.com/
ABEKA offers Christian homeschooling complete with books, video lessons, and accreditation. Their curriculum includes all subjects, including the Bible, for preschool to Grade 12. They also have preparatory plan of study for those who are going to college.

Homeschool Connection
Bob Jones University

http://www.bju.edu/events/youth/homeschool-connection/
http://www.bju.edu
Bob Jones University is offering homeschool education through their Homeschool Connection. Homeschool Connection offers educational experiences that enhance your children's homeschooling. They also host free monthly evens for 7th to 12th grade homeschool students.

Homeschooling Curriculum - Christian Curriculum for Homeschool Families
Alpha Omega Publications

https://www.aop.com/curriculum
https://www.aop.com/
With onine, print and computer-based homeschooling curriculum formats, Alpha Omega Publications has the right homeschool curriculum for you and your family. As a leading Christian homeschooling publisher, AOP's award-winning educational products have enabled thousands of famlies to discover the amazing benefits of a Christian homeschool education.

Online Store

Amazon
https://www.amazon.com
Amazon sells many missionary books on their online store. If you do not know the title of the book, please put "missionary" in the search engine.

Christianbook.com
https://www.christianbook.com/
You can find missionary books on this online store. If you do not know the title of the book you are looking for, please put the word "missionary" in the search engine.

Parable
http://www.parable.com
Parable has good books about becoming a missionary. They also have missionary autobiography books. If you do not know the title of the book you are looking for, please put the word "missionary" in the search engine.

PDF

Send Me! Your Journey to the Nations
By Steve Hoke & Bill Taylor

https://passionexchange.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/send-me-your-journey-to-the-nations.pdf
This book is an excellent starting point for people interested in doing mission works. It goes step-by-step through a process that helps discern their journey in serving as missionaries.

Working Your Way to the Nations: A Guide to Effective Tentmaking (2nd edition)
Edited by Jonathan Lewis, Ph.D.

http://www.tent-danmark.dk/content/_filestorage/132.pdf
Ever since the Apostle Paul had a job making tents to support his work of spreading the gospel, "tentmakers" have played an important role in the fulfillment of the Great Commission. This workbook is a practical guide to following in Paul's footsteps.

Other Helpful Sites

ABWE International
http://www.abwe.org
ABWE International is a missions agency. Each year, they send out many missionaries around the globe to share the gospel of Jesus. If you are interested in becoming a missionary, you can visit their website for information and resources relevant to your calling.

Ask A Missionary
http://www.askamissionary.com
Ask A Missionary is a service of Mission Data International. It's purpose is to help prospective missionaries along on their journey to short-term or long-term mission service. You can search the site for questions and answers that have already been published. You can also send in your own question and receive answers from their staff and volunteers. Missionaries, mission leaders, and mobilizers also contribute answers and use the site to help and encourage the prospective missionaries with whom they work.

Beautiful Feet
http://www.beautifulfeet.us
Beautiful Feet is a specialized missions agency that is called to partner with local churches to train and send long-term, church planting missionary teams to these people who are still unreached by the gospel. Their Boot Camp is designed to provide missionary candidates with comprehensive pre-departure training that will prepare them physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually for pioneer church-planting work.

DELTA Ministries
http://www.deltaministries.com/
DELTA Ministries holds training programs for those preparing for missionary service. The trainings introduce concepts and strategies for increased effectiveness and endurance of missionaries in cross-cultural contexts. The trainings are in-depth and hands-on covering personal character, community life, transitions, cultural, and language.

Elijah Company, Inc.
http://elijahcompany.org
Elijah Company, Inc. provides trainings to those who would like to become missionaries. They have pioneered and implemented a correspondence course extension school. They provided cross-cultural training for business executives and their families who were relocating overseas. Their desire is to enhance the global spread of the gospel through equipping for the work of the ministry, particularly through mentoring and training.

Finishers Project
http://finishers.org
The Finishers Project is a MissionNext ministry that connects God's people who sense a call to serve Him with mission agencies looking for missionaries to join them. Mission-sending organizations partner with them to look for missionary candidates that may be answers to their prayers for laborers to send to the harvest field. They provide information, challenge, and pathways for discovering and processing opportunities in missions.

Mission Mobilizers E-zine
http://www.natewilsonfamily.net/dbindex/dbindex.htm
This website contains an organized collection of all the Mission Mobilization Resources covered in the Brigada-orgs-missionmobilizers email conference from March 1995 through June 1998. There are many listing about missions and missionaries that those preparing to become a missionary can use.

Mission Training International
https://www.mti.org
Mission Training International provides relevant, practical, in-residence training on the make-or-break issues that help make cross-cultural messengers of the Gospel more effective. They have immersive programs, paradigm-shifting tools, and heart-healing process.

Perspectives
http://www.perspectives.org
Perspectives is 15-week course designed around four vantage points or "perspectives" - Biblical, Historical, Cultural, and Strategic. Each one highlights different aspects of God's global purpose. The biblical and historical sections reveal why our confidence is based on the historic fact of God's relentless work from the dawn of history until this day. The cultural and strategic sections underscore that we are in the midst of a costly, but very doable task, confirming the biblical and historical hope.

Pioneers
https://www.pioneers.org
Pioneers partners with more than 2,000 churches to send missionaries to least-reached peoples.

Preparing to be a Missionary
http://www.pearson.org/jenn/missprep/
http://www.pearson.org/
This website has some good information on preparing to be a missionary.

The Journey Deepens Retreat
http://thejourneydeepens.com
If you sense God is calling you into missions but need help in discerning your direction, The Journey Deepens Retreat is a great next step for you. This retreat is a place where you can explore the next step in your life of service before the Lord.

Urbana
https://urbana.org
Urbana is a missions conference hosted by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and Groupes Bibliques Universitaires et Collegiaus du Canada. The purpose is to gather together students, faculty, pastors, church and ministry leaders, missions organizations, and schools to talk about missions. The people, schools, and missions organizations that participates in this conference can help you with your decision of serving as a missionary.

WEC International
http://www.wecinternational.org
WEC International provides ongoing training for those who would like to spread the good news in all parts of the world.

Wycliffe
https://www.wycliffe.org/serve
https://www.wycliffe.org
Wycliffe is inviting missionaries to serve with them through different opportunities they offer.

Youth With A Mission (YWAM)
https://www.ywam.org/wp/
YWAM is offering a lot of training for evangelism and discipleship. These trainings are available worldwide in any of YWAM's branches. They also do short-term and long-term missions. These mission trips are for everyone who has a heart for mission. Visit their website for more information.

Resources

Critical Issues Bulletins
https://www.eri.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=45&Itemid=34
https://www.eri.org/
For too long many Christians have had the attitude that missions was beyond them. These informative and practical bulletins show how anyone in the Body of Christ can be involved in what the Lord is doing around the world. This includes four series: Mobilizing the Church, For Those Who Go, Serving As Senders, and Internationals Among Us.

Solutions to Culture Stress (DVD)
https://www.eri.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=39&Itemid=28
https://www.eri.org/
Looking at the realities of cross-cultural ministry from four perspectives, this video series is the most basic training we offer to those who go. This video contrasts culture shock with stress, and provides solutions to the issues missionaries face whether on long-term or short-term mission trips. Included is a master set of notes and instructions on how to get the most from these studies.



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