1. Calling


A sense of God’s call on your life to serve cross-culturally. It could be to serve a specific people group, to work in a certain geographic location or to use your gifts in a supportive role to assist a team in its missional work. Once you sense a call to be involved cross-culturally in any way, especially overseas, we recommend seeking early endorsement from the leadership in your local church and others whose opinion you trust. It’s important not to proceed based only on your own subjective feelings. Submit to the church’s validation process, if any, and go through the steps they recommend for onboarding in their missions programme.