• Pre-Field

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What is the Pre-Field Stage?

This is a crucial time, when you need to: 
  • confirm your sense of calling, 
  • strengthen your spiritual foundations, 
  • start to build your support network and 
  • get the most suitable training for what lies ahead. 
It may be long or a short process. However our hope is that, by the time you leave, both you and those who send you will be on the same page as to how to keep you there for the long haul! Follow the interactive ‘map’ below to see what we mean.

Pre Field Resources

Pre Field Resources

Calling - Who? What? Why?

This mini course of 5 short videos requires no registration and is designed for anybody!

Part 1 - Do We All Need a Call?

In this first video in a short series on the topic of calling, lifelong missionary Ross Paterson starts with a fundamental question: Does everybody need a call? Do we all get a call? Or is it only the exceptional Christians who receive a ‘proper’ calling from God?
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Blogs

Check out the free courses, blogs, sermons and podcasts - look out for the blue tags to discover content tailored for you!

Lottie Moon: Carving A Place For Women In Mission

I mentioned Lottie Moon (Charlotte Digges "Lottie" Moon, 1840-1912) in connection with the story of Sallie Holmes. The simple facts are these: Lottie was a Southern Baptist missionary to China with the Foreign Mission Board for almost 40 years from 1873-1912. She was a strong woman whose love of Jesus and passion to follow Him […]
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Amy Carmichael: Struggling Start but Amazing Finish

“Missionary life is simply a chance to die.” The life and missionary work of Amy Carmichael speaks to our generation with a simple message: that no matter what setbacks we face, if we press through with the Lord to find His call for us, we will be significantly used by Him.
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Cultural Pride

In our interview with Christina Winrich, she shared openly about the challenges and joys of serving God in another culture. In the preview clip below she shares some of the difficulties of arriving into another culture. I’d love to unpack a couple of of the themes she touches upon. Admittedly, we will only be scratching […]
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What does it take to send a missionary?

Here is an individual who senses God’s call to missions. They are not yet sure where they should be going, but something is stirring in them. What should they do about this new burden? And what can their church do to support them?
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Will History Repeat Itself?

Six years ago a team of Christians (mostly young people) from a Western country visited a major Asian country to connect with local students, to get to know them and to share their faith in the Lord Jesus. In the process of doing that they met a young university student whom I will call Mary […]
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A Short But Most Effective Life - David Brainerd

David Brainerd was born on April 20, 1718 in Haddam, Connecticut. He died a short 29 years later. For only eight of those years was he a born-again believer in Jesus. For only a short four years did he serve as a cross-cultural missionary. Yet John Wesley said "let every creature read carefully over ‘The […]
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Lottie Moon: Carving A Place For Women In Mission

I mentioned Lottie Moon (Charlotte Digges "Lottie" Moon, 1840-1912) in connection with the story of Sallie Holmes. The simple facts are these: Lottie was a Southern Baptist missionary to China with the Foreign Mission Board for almost 40 years from 1873-1912. She was a strong woman whose love of Jesus and passion to follow Him […]
Read more

Amy Carmichael: Struggling Start but Amazing Finish

“Missionary life is simply a chance to die.” The life and missionary work of Amy Carmichael speaks to our generation with a simple message: that no matter what setbacks we face, if we press through with the Lord to find His call for us, we will be significantly used by Him.
Read more

Cultural Pride

In our interview with Christina Winrich, she shared openly about the challenges and joys of serving God in another culture. In the preview clip below she shares some of the difficulties of arriving into another culture. I’d love to unpack a couple of of the themes she touches upon. Admittedly, we will only be scratching […]
Read more

Media

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Interview with Reuben Inwe

Our interview with Reuben Inwe is a fascinating one. His own story of encountering the Lord on a bus in Nigeria, then being led to serve and plant a church in a specific city in the north of England, is both dramatic and impacting. However, it is his challenge to the church in the West […]
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Interview with Michael Prest

Michael Prest is the director of our partner, UFM Worldwide. In this thought-provoking interview, he shares his personal story and how that led him to his current role today at UFM, an organisation that works to foster and nurture the role of the sending church in raising up and supporting cross-cultural missionaries. Read Michael's excellent […]
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Interview with David & Vicki Frazier

David and Vicki worked as missionaries for 20 years in Turkey before their return to the US. They have a strong desire to equip churches to send their missionaries well, with proper preparation and support which led them to create Equipping Servants International. In this insightful interview...
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Interview with Alan and Jan Kilpatrick

Alan and Jan Kilpatrick have lived a wide-ranging and varied life in ministry and mission, most recently serving in Mozambique. This interview contains their remarkable story of a real-life journey - one with many twists and turns! From church conflict to suffering from depression, their testimony is one of faith and courage in many different […]
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Interview with Reuben Inwe

Our interview with Reuben Inwe is a fascinating one. His own story of encountering the Lord on a bus in Nigeria, then being led to serve and plant a church in a specific city in the north of England, is both dramatic and impacting. However, it is his challenge to the church in the West […]
Read more

Interview with Michael Prest

Michael Prest is the director of our partner, UFM Worldwide. In this thought-provoking interview, he shares his personal story and how that led him to his current role today at UFM, an organisation that works to foster and nurture the role of the sending church in raising up and supporting cross-cultural missionaries. Read Michael's excellent […]
Read more

Recommended Reading

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When Helping Hurts

Brian Fikkert & Steve Corbett

How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor...and Yourself
Offering a much-needed perspective on how to live the commands of Jesus, Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett explore nuanced ways of alleviating poverty. Poverty is much more than simply a lack of material resources, and it takes much more than donations and handouts to solve it.
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Mission Smart

David L. Frazier

15 Critical Questions To Ask Before Launching Overseas
Mission Smart addresses serious gaps in the mission mobilization process and offers fresh solutions for seeing less missionary attrition. Mission Smart is for overseas ministry candidates, church leaders, and mission agency staff.
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Making the Most of Your First Year in Cross-Cultural Service
You’ve made the leap and said yes to serving God cross-culturally. You’re anticipating your big adventure and prepared to serve whatever the cost. But now the questions and practicalities flood in...
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Starting and Finishing Well in Cross-cultural Service
Veteran of serving abroad Amy Young is the perfect companion to guide you through the much-neglected process of transitions.
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When Helping Hurts

Brian Fikkert & Steve Corbett

How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor...and Yourself
Offering a much-needed perspective on how to live the commands of Jesus, Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett explore nuanced ways of alleviating poverty. Poverty is much more than simply a lack of material resources, and it takes much more than donations and handouts to solve it.
More Details

Mission Smart

David L. Frazier

15 Critical Questions To Ask Before Launching Overseas
Mission Smart addresses serious gaps in the mission mobilization process and offers fresh solutions for seeing less missionary attrition. Mission Smart is for overseas ministry candidates, church leaders, and mission agency staff.
More Details

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