• Pre-Field

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What is the Pre-Field Stage?

If you are preparing for or interested in cross-cultural mission, training is essential to ease your transition into a new place. Our partners have learned valuable lessons in the field the hard way and share their wisdom in our courses.

This is the preparation period, which can take a long time! The objective is to seek confirmation of your call and take steps to be endorsed via a local church or agency. Depending on the method of sending there might need to be a support-raising period – on the field you will need spiritual ‘covering’, financial and prayer support and much else.

Talk with family, friends, leaders, mentors, advisers and above all PRAY for the Holy Spirit’s leading and timing for the way forward.

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!
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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June 23, 2021

Clueless by Jacqueline Scott

This post originally appeared on A Life Overseas. It is reproduced here with the permission of the author. When we head into another culture to live among the local people, our hope is to understand them at least enough to become someone they will listen to. But the reality is that we are clueless, especially […]
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January 11, 2021

The World on Our Doorstep

Not everybody is able to go on short-term mission trips to immerse themselves in a cross-cultural experience. But that doesn't need to be a barrier! Two of our interviewees (Jen Bishop and Pete Askew) have given a perspective that God has already brought the nations to us! We don’t need to travel out in order […]
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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 […]
Read more
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 […]
Read more
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 […]
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!
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 20, 2021

Interview with Lydia David

Lydia David is a missionary who has worked in China & Turkey. She worked as an occupational therapist before she was called to serve in China, where she ended up living and working for five years before moving to Canada. A remarkable chain of signs (including a famous shark!) indicated a new calling that led […]
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December 16, 2020

Interview with Simon Guillebaud

Christine Paterson Interviews founder of Great lakes Outreach Simon Guillebaud, who has dedicated most of his life to the nation of Burundi. Simon tells the story of his journey to faith and his remarkable early experiences as a young missionary - expecting to die for the gospel.
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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 [...]
Read more
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 […]
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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