Step 2: Prepare
The next step as you GO is to PREPARE and plan. How will you get there? Who will you connect with on the ground, both now and once you arrive? What logistical needs have to be met? What personal affairs need to be put in order? These are just some of the questions that you should begin addressing at this stage. This is a key area where CMML’s expertise can serve and aid both you and your local church as we connect you with like-minded believers where you’re heading, suggest the questions often left un-asked, and help you to establish realistic and faith-filled plans. Making arrangements to come and visit us at CMML. We want to get to know you so we can more effectively serve and help you on the field.
During this phase, meet regularly with your elders to plan and pray. Devote yourself to your spiritual growth and your walk with the Lord as you prepare. Meet with former missionaries or those home on furlough, read recent books on contemporary missions, learn all you can about the culture and country you are heading to. Look through available mission training options and determine the best fit for your timetable, term, and finances. Crossing oceans and crossing cultures involves so many things that will be utterly foreign and unexpected. Cuisine, language, cultural differences, traditions - the list of significant challenges is boundless. The more you’re able to be prepared for these changes and challenges, the less they can hold you back from your goals to present the gospel. Make sure you receive training that will minimize the impact of these paradigm shifts.
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Original copy by MSC Canada. Revised and republished with permission by CMML.
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