• 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?
Watch the first video

Blogs

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

An Extraordinary Physician: Ida Scudder

Ida Scudder is a fascinating – and challenging – example of the question I looked at in my last post. Does a missionary call come suddenly out of the blue, or is it the conclusion of a long slow process – or is it both? Ida was born in India into a truly amazing family. […]
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The Beauty of Collaboration

I recently received an update from a soon-to-be partner and found that they were starting to offer online options for their courses. So, I did a fun exercise and went through several of our other partners’ sites. I discovered that post-Covid several others had started offering online options or versions of their trainings. In view […]
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Damascus Road Or Gradual Conviction?

In my previous post, I defined cross-cultural mission. It contains two vital elements. Firstly, going. Secondly, the venue, a people whose language and culture is different from ours. This week I have been chewing on another question. If I had a clear answer last week, I don’t have one this week. The question is this. […]
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What Cross-Cultural Mission Is & What It Isn't!

We desperately need a Biblical definition of cross-cultural mission today. “James Hudson Taylor (Chinese: 戴德生) was a British Protestant Christian missionary to China and founder of the China Inland Mission. Taylor spent 51 years in China” (Wikipedia). Hudson Taylor was a cross-cultural missionary! But we also need to define what Hudson Taylor was not: i) […]
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A Life Offered to God: Helen Roseveare

Helen Roseveare (1925-2016) was a remarkable and unusual missionary to Africa. I will look at her life in this blog and another following one from two rather different angles. Both are very helpful to understanding this missionary who achieved so much for others - and also for us to understand the complexities of missionary life. […]
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An Unusual Scottish Missionary: William Burns

William Chalmers Burns (宾惠廉) lived from 1815-1868. A fellow missionary said after his death that “all China knows him; he is the holiest man alive”. Because of his itinerant ministry, he left an impression on thousands of people across wide stretches of China. His books helped the Chinese for decades (for example, he translated Pilgrims […]
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An Extraordinary Physician: Ida Scudder

Ida Scudder is a fascinating – and challenging – example of the question I looked at in my last post. Does a missionary call come suddenly out of the blue, or is it the conclusion of a long slow process – or is it both? Ida was born in India into a truly amazing family. […]
Read more

The Beauty of Collaboration

I recently received an update from a soon-to-be partner and found that they were starting to offer online options for their courses. So, I did a fun exercise and went through several of our other partners’ sites. I discovered that post-Covid several others had started offering online options or versions of their trainings. In view […]
Read more

Damascus Road Or Gradual Conviction?

In my previous post, I defined cross-cultural mission. It contains two vital elements. Firstly, going. Secondly, the venue, a people whose language and culture is different from ours. This week I have been chewing on another question. If I had a clear answer last week, I don’t have one this week. The question is this. […]
Read more

Media

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

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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