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Missions 101 (by Ben Johnson)

So what does a missionary actually do?

I know the Sunday School answer is, “Tell people about Jesus”. But what does a missionary really do? Certainly, he tells people about Jesus but there must be more and there must be more specifics that aren’t given. Though telling people about Jesus, there is more.

Missions 101Just like any profession, a missionary needs training. I cannot emphasize enough that a missionary needs training before they get to the field. I know that I am by no means an expert, but I am thankful for the training I have received from my pastor and many other veteran missionaries. Without a doubt, I would not be where I am without their help.

I want to help convey what I have learned from sitting in classrooms, listening to conversations and discussing with veteran missionaries. I want to give a broad outline of what happens when a missionary lands on the field. Where does he start? What does he start doing? How long does he do what? What is his goal? – I hope to answer these and more.

This series of posts will be broad. It is difficult to go into too many specifics unless you use a specific country because countries are different. Ministry in China and ministry in Peru, though having the  same purpose and goal, will look differently. Restrictions, culture, and resources are what typically what cause these differences.

So a missionary has raised his full support. He has his plane tickets and everything he needs. He lands in his country and… now what does he do? You will have to wait till the next post to find out!

 

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