• 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.

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!
December 3, 2021

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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November 26, 2021

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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October 22, 2021

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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September 10, 2021

Who or what is a PACTeam?

PACT is an acrostic, standing for Personal Accountability and Care Team. There is also a hidden meaning which carries the sense of such a team’s purpose. A PACT is a “formal agreement between individuals or parties”, usually written down and has the weight of a serious promise.  The idea behind the concept is that a […]
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September 7, 2021

Explore & EnVision

All Nations Christian College is a world-renowned mission training college. They are currently offering two courses which we would highly recommend, especially as a helpful next step for those who have already completed our free courses. Explore Our own course, Crossing Cultures 101 is only intended as an overview and introduction to cross-cultural training. It is available free […]
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August 8, 2021

What is a RAFT and Why Do I Need One?

RAFT is a helpful and important acrostic, commonly used in cross-cultural circles. It stands for:  Reconcile Affirm say Farewell Think destination    It is a tool to help with navigating transition in a healthy way. Fundamentally, it is about what it takes to have healthy closure in the place you are leaving so that you […]
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December 3, 2021

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?
Read more
November 26, 2021

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 […]
Read more
October 22, 2021

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 […]
Read more
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Interviews

Check out the free courses, blogs, sermons and podcasts - look out for the blue tags to discover content tailored for you!
January 14, 2022

Interview with David & Vicki Frazier

After a season of cross-cultural preparation and discernment, 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, as well as writing […]
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October 29, 2021

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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April 14, 2021

Interview with Katie Chen

After being baptised at only 5 years old, Katie felt a clear calling to serve in Asia in her late teens and ended up in Taiwan doing her masters. During this time, she put down roots with a local church, starting a prayer room in her house with some friends [...]
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February 4, 2021

Interview with Grant & Jean

Grant and Jean are missionaries from South Africa. In this interview, they share their journey leading to mission work in China, what it was like to have and raise children in a brand new culture. They tell us about continuing to seek the Lord's will throughout their life in mission.   They challenge us not […]
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January 14, 2022

Interview with David & Vicki Frazier

After a season of cross-cultural preparation and discernment, 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, as well as writing […]
Read more
October 29, 2021

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 […]
Read more
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Recommended Reading

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Mission Smart

David L. Frazier

15 Critical Questions To Ask Before Launching Overseas

It costs a lot to train, send out, support and care for people in cross-cultural ministry; however, the costs are immeasurable when these workers don’t learn the language and culture well, fail to be effective and return home in trouble spiritually and emotionally. 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. The goal is to send the right people who know their callings, can thrive overseas and be effective in cross-cultural ministry.


Buy it here
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: How do I make friends quickly? How will I fit into the new culture? Do I have anything of value to offer? (And what if I don’t like the food?) Getting Started enables you to glean from those who have gone before you, to stay close to God, and to grow in cultural knowledge—all the while flourishing in fulfilling your call. Watch our interview with Amy Young.


Buy it here
Starting and Finishing Well in Cross-cultural Service

When you go abroad to serve, you’re thinking about the language, the losses, and the excitement. When you return home you’re thinking about your friends and family, the losses, and the relief. Most aren’t thinking about the process of transition—and yet if you do, it can make the difference between a smooth entry and re-entry, or a decidedly bumpy landing. Veteran of serving abroad Amy Young is the perfect companion to guide you through the much-neglected process of transitions. Watch our interview with Amy Young.


Buy it here

Serving Well

Elizabeth & Jonathan Trotter

Help for the Wannabe, Newbie, or Weary Cross-cultural Christian Worker

Are you dreaming of working abroad? Imagining serving God in another land? Or are you already on the field, unsure about what to do next or how to manage the stresses of cross-cultural life? Or perhaps you’ve been on the field a while now, and you’re weary, maybe so weary that you wonder how much longer you can keep going. If any of these situations describes you, there is hope inside this book. You’ll find steps you can take to prepare for the field, as well as ways to find strength and renewal if you’re already there. From the beginning to the end of the cross-cultural journey, Serving Well has something for you.


Buy it here

Mission Smart

David L. Frazier

15 Critical Questions To Ask Before Launching Overseas

It costs a lot to train, send out, support and care for people in cross-cultural ministry; however, the costs are immeasurable when these workers don’t learn the language and culture well, fail to be effective and return home in trouble spiritually and emotionally. 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. The goal is to send the right people who know their callings, can thrive overseas and be effective in cross-cultural ministry.


Buy it here
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: How do I make friends quickly? How will I fit into the new culture? Do I have anything of value to offer? (And what if I don’t like the food?) Getting Started enables you to glean from those who have gone before you, to stay close to God, and to grow in cultural knowledge—all the while flourishing in fulfilling your call. Watch our interview with Amy Young.


Buy it here
Starting and Finishing Well in Cross-cultural Service

When you go abroad to serve, you’re thinking about the language, the losses, and the excitement. When you return home you’re thinking about your friends and family, the losses, and the relief. Most aren’t thinking about the process of transition—and yet if you do, it can make the difference between a smooth entry and re-entry, or a decidedly bumpy landing. Veteran of serving abroad Amy Young is the perfect companion to guide you through the much-neglected process of transitions. Watch our interview with Amy Young.


Buy it here

Serving Well

Elizabeth & Jonathan Trotter

Help for the Wannabe, Newbie, or Weary Cross-cultural Christian Worker

Are you dreaming of working abroad? Imagining serving God in another land? Or are you already on the field, unsure about what to do next or how to manage the stresses of cross-cultural life? Or perhaps you’ve been on the field a while now, and you’re weary, maybe so weary that you wonder how much longer you can keep going. If any of these situations describes you, there is hope inside this book. You’ll find steps you can take to prepare for the field, as well as ways to find strength and renewal if you’re already there. From the beginning to the end of the cross-cultural journey, Serving Well has something for you.


Buy it here
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