What do I need to do to be prepared to go?

Serving as a student missionary is worth your best efforts to prepare spiritually, physically, intellectually and emotionally. While all mission opportunities deserve preparation, a simple principle is “the longer your trip, the more essential your readiness.” Here are some suggestions to get you started:

  • Gain ministry experience before you go. Serve here and now in areas that you expect to do overseas.
  • Engage in spiritual disciplines, like daily Bible study and prayer, as well as Scripture memory.
  • Meet with others regularly to pray for the people you will serve and opportunities to share the gospel.
  • Get healthy! Eat nutritious foods, exercise often, and get plenty of sleep. Living overseas will likely require more walking and climbing that you do at home.
  • Identify any emotional challenges you may have like anxiety, depression, or anger and if needed, seek help from a professional, biblical counselor.
  • Learn about the people and place where you will serve. Start the process of crossing cultures now. Get to know internationals in your area.

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