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To Timbuktu and Beyond

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A Prologue

How to Use This Book- An Introduction

Chapter 1- Sand or Bricks? Building a Strong Foundation

Step One – Develop a Global Vision

Chapter 2- To Go or Not to Go? How Do I Know if I am Called to Missions

Step Two – Seek God for Specific Direction

Step Three – Check Your Hearing

Chapter 3-Aim for God’s Highest Blessing!

Step Four – Take Steps to Obtain the Backing of Your Spiritual Authorities

Chapter 4- What Do You Mean “Wait”?!

Step Five – Take Full Advantage of Your Preparation Time at Home

Chapter 5- Narrowing the Field – Which Organization is for Me?

Step Six – Choose the Organization You Will Work With

Step Seven- Choose a Team

Step Eight- Begin the Application Process

Chapter 6- Mapping the Road to Success

Step 9- Assess Your Training Needs

Step 10 – Arrange For an On-Field Internship

Chapter 7- Who’s Holding the Ropes?

Step Eleven- Build a Secure Prayer Network

Step Twelve- Build Your Financial Support

Chapter 8- Who’s Holding the Ropes? (Continued)

Step Thirteen- Secure Your Lines of Encouragement and Counsel

Step Fourteen- Build a Team to Handle Practical Matters

Step Fifteen – Develop and Maintain a System of On-Going Communication

Chapter 9- Before Packing Your Bags

Step Sixteen- Study the Historical, Cultural, and Spiritual Dynamics of Your New Location

Step Seventeen- Inquire About Logistical Matters

Step Eighteen – Prepare a Detailed Budget

Chapter 10- Saying “Goodbye” the Right Way

Step Nineteen – Plan Ahead for Proper Farewells

Step Twenty- Go Out with Joy!

Chapter 11 – Landing on Both Feet

Step Twenty-One – Brace Yourself for Culture Shock

An Epilogue – Staying the Course

A Note to Pastors

Appendix A – A Partial List of Scriptures Relating to Missions

Appendix B- Country Research Questions

Appendix C- Pre-Travel Information Checklist

Appendix D- Preparing Your Family’s Budget

Selected Bibliography


To Timbuktu and Beyond
A Guide to Getting Started in Missions
Marsha Woodard
Timbuktu has become a metaphor for remote and inaccessible locations. However, it is a real place with real people. Like much of the world’s population, few of Timbuktu’s residents have had the opportunity to hear the gospel. While the task may seem daunting, the Church is not sitting still! Each year hundreds of Christians are joining the vast force of cross-cultural missionaries flung around the globe.

To Timbuktu and Beyond serves as a practical, step-by-step guide for those getting ready to go into missions. It begins with the basic question of knowing and confirming your calling, working through the various steps of preparation, training and logistics, and carrying you through your first few months on the field. Each chapter has a series of tasks for you to prayerfully complete. Missions is the most fulfilling career path you could possibly embark on—not to mention an incredible adventure!

To Timbuktu and Beyond will help you in preparation for your journey, because what you do before you go will have a significant impact on your future success.

Additional Details

  • Pages: 176
  • Publisher: William Carey Library
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publish Year: 2009
  • ISBN: 9780878080151
  • Vendor: William Carey Library