Missionary work has been ongoing for many years. Hundreds of years ago, people were going off into the field to bring help to others who need it. There are many books on cross cultural missions that have been produced over the years. These books are a valuable tool for anyone looking to get into this field. People who do this will normally work with a team of people sent by local churches.
How to Get Started in Missionary Work
The first step in your work is to learn all that you can about it. Reading books is just one way. Joining a class that teaches about missions is another option available. These classes will show you what is expected of you and your team. Once you have learned all that you can about the type of work to be done, you must then decide on where you would most like to perform your work. Churches will often have a list of countries and areas that they send missionaries to. You can select your choice from their list and join the team that will be going.
What to Do Once You Have Arrived
Many times, there are missionaries at work in the area you will be going to. These experienced workers will provide anything you may need while you are there. Accommodations are often very sparse and simple. They will also teach you about the area and what you will need to help with. It may be personal care to residents or teaching them to grow crops to sustain themselves. Whatever their need, you will be provided with the means to help them.
Going Out into the Field
After meeting with other missionaries, you will then go out and meet with the citizens of the area and begin putting together a plan of action to help. They are very receptive and appreciative of your help. They also know what they need and will let you know also. You may work many long hours at hard labor but the reward in the end is fulfilling. Instant gratification comes in many forms in this type of work.
Sharing Your Experiences
There will also be times when you meet either one on one with residents or in small groups. These times will be spent letting them know what religion is and how it can change their lives. Typically, this will take place in a very relaxed atmosphere with no pressure. Residents will respond with gratitude at all you have done for them.
After you have returned from your trip, you will most likely report your experience to the parishioners at the church you left from. You can inspire others in the congregation to do their own missionary work. A trip into the mission field is an experience you will never forget and the rewards you obtain are endless. A feeling of self-accomplishment is something this work can give you. Most people will do it over and over in their lifetime.