|To Timbuktu and Beyond: A Guide to Getting Started in Missions
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About the Author:
Marsha Woodard came to faith in 1979 in East Africa on a backpacking journey “looking for the meaning of life.” She launched into full-time missions in 1982 and has served in Latin America, Europe, and, most recently, North Africa. Her experience includes church planting, prison ministry, and discipling children and youth. As a member of Youth With A Mission (YWAM) and in partnership with a number of other mission agencies and church networks, Marsha teaches and equips new workers for pioneer missions.
Table of Contents:
CHAPTER ONE - Sand or Bricks? Building a Strong Foundation
Step 1: Develop a Global Vision
CHAPTER TWO - To Go or Not to Go? How Do I Know if I Am Called to Missions?
Step 2: Seek God for Specific Direction
Step 3: Check Your Hearing
CHAPTER THREE - Aim for God’s Highest Blessing!
Step 4: Take Steps to Obtain the Backing of Your Spiritual Authorities
CHAPTER FOUR - What Do You Mean “Wait”?!
Step 5: Take Full Advantage of Your Preparation Time at Home
CHAPTER FIVE - Narrowing the Field—Which Organization is for Me?
Step 6: Choose the Organization You Will Work With
Step 7: Choose a Team
Step 8: Begin the Application Process
CHAPTER SIX - Mapping the Road to Success
Step 9: Assess Your Training Needs
Step 10: Arrange for an On-Field Internship
CHAPTER SEVEN - Who’s Holding the Ropes?
Step 11: Build a Secure Prayer Network
Step 12: Build Your Financial Support
CHAPTER EIGHT - Who’s Holding the Ropes? (Continued)
Step 13: Secure Your Lines of Encouragement and Counsel
Step 14: Build a Team to Handle Practical Matters
Step 15: Develop and Maintain a System of On-Going Communication
CHAPTER NINE - Before Packing Your Bags
Step 16: Study the Historical, Cultural, and Spiritual Dynamics of Your New Location
Step 17: Inquire About Logistical Matters
Step 18: Prepare a Detailed Budget
CHAPTER TEN - Saying “Goodbye” the Right Way
Step 19: Plan Ahead for Proper Farewells
Step 20: Go Out with Joy!
CHAPTER ELEVEN - Landing on Both Feet
Step 21: Brace Yourself for Culture Shock
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