One of the statements we hear most often is, “I’m not able to serve on a volunteer mission team. I wouldn’t know what to do.”
There is an old but true saying that applies to this way of thinking...
"God does not call the equipped, He equips the called."
"God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work." - 2 Corinthians 9:8
Every volunteer mission team member undergoes training for the mission work to which God has called them. The training focuses on two major areas:
- Spiritual Training and Preparation, which focuses on understanding God’s call on your life for missions, God’s part in doing His work in you and through you while preparing to go, and while you are on the mission field. The training will also give you an understanding of your part in the mission work. God always prepares the person for the work. The Spiritual training will draw you closer to God as He reveals His will for you and confirms His all sufficiency.
- Practical Training, focuses on things you will need to know and do while on mission. They include cultural and customs training, basic words and communication skills, proper dress and manners, how to conduct yourself, currency issues, how to carry out your mission work, interacting with missionaries, and security training.
Much of the training will take place in team meetings, some during special training classes, and some through assigned reading and personal research on the internet. All of the training is required as a part of preparing to go on mission. Team meetings are important and team members are expected to attend all team meetings. They usually take place on Sunday evenings.
The training every volunteer missionary receives will prepare them spiritually and practically to answer God’s call to missions.
Below are some guides for preparing to share the Gospel on mission: