What to Expect

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What’s it like to be a frontier missionary?

Normal people like you—mechanics, pastors, bankers, teachers, homemakers, carpenters, nurses, students—leave the comforts of home to go where the Gospel is not available. Compelled by the sacrifice of Christ, you are called to share the love of God and His message of salvation with those who worship stone, metal and spirits.

Your tongue learns to form new sounds so you can communicate deep things in your peoples’ heart language. You clean and bandage sores even as you minister to deeply wounded hearts. Your sweat drips onto your laptop keyboard as the mercury goes above the last line in the thermometer. On your knees, you implore God to give you wisdom and grace to share the story of His love and mercy with those who know only fear and punishment.

As you labor with people to help them see that the Man who was crucified on Calvary died for them, you show them love incarnate. Learning to trust you, they will learn to trust your Savior.

Your spiritual children in faith grow and stumble along the way, and you help them back to their feet, back on the way, back to the Savior. They grow and mature in faith, and you rejoice as some of them are called into positions of faith leadership. You develop and translate materials to spiritually feed them — Bible studies, Spirit of Prophecy books, tracts — so they can grow on their own. And then comes the hardest part of being a frontier missionary…

They cry. You cry. You are leaving, because you have worked yourself out of a job. You hug each other as you recount battles fought and victories won through the blood of Christ. He has conquered hearts anew—your heart, their hearts—and His kingdom advances into new territory because you were willing to give years of your life. You move on to fight new battles in new territories. Your spiritual children continue to advance the kingdom among their people, ever grateful for the gift you brought and shared with them—eternal life through Jesus Christ.

Sound interesting? Fill out the missions interest from and get started today.

What kind of people do we look for?

Adventist Frontier Missions is driven by committed, Seventh-day Adventist Christians who have a passion for sharing the everlasting gospel with unreached people groups. We welcome people who are from many different occupations and with a wide variety of backgrounds. With decades of cutting-edge expertise in pioneering work among the least-evangelized, AFM has built a reputation for reaching the most resistant and isolated people groups. This work isn’t easy, so the ability to stick with it during hard times is required.

We are interested in finding people who embrace our core values of being committed, caring, cooperative, and courageous. If you are motivated by these values, would like to work for a leading missions organization, and want to find eternal significance in your lifework, browse our current opportunities and start your application process today.

Not sure you’re qualified? Get in touch with us to learn more about service, and don’t be afraid to step out in faith!

How can I serve with AFM?

We offer several types of mission service ranging from nine months to 12+ years. Depending on your call, activities might include outreach/evangelism, basic medical work, homeschooling, church planting, teaching English, agriculture and development, mechanical and construction work, or other activities. Visit our current opportunities list to see all of our mission calls.

Our different call types can be summarized as follows:

  • Career Missions: Families or singles up to age 35 (some exceptions made) that serve for 6-12+ years church planting among an unreached people group.
  • Student Missions: Young people who have been full-time students in the last 12 months who go serve under the direction of a career missionary family for 9-12 months.
  • Short-term Missions: Singles or couples without children who spend 1-3 years serving under the direction of a career missionary family at an established AFM project.
  • Platinum Missions: Older individuals or couples without dependents who are in good health and financially independent who serve for 1 or more years at an established AFM project.

All AFM missionaries go through an extensive training program in Berrien Springs, MI, where they learn detailed information about how to witness to others in a cross-cultural environment, how to learn a new language, and more! Student, short-term, and platinum missions training is 4 weeks long, and the initial career missions training takes 3 months.

The first step to service is to fill out our preliminary interest form so we can get to know a little about you and how to contact you. If you’d like to learn more about the application process, here are descriptions of the application process for each call type:

How can I prepare for future mission service?

Perhaps you are very interested in possible future frontier mission service. What can you do to better internalize God‘’s heart for the unreached and prepare for His call someday?

Pray! Keep submitting your life and your plans to God, and He will lead you down the path of His perfect will.

Share your faith. Personal one-on-one soul winning is the foundation of our ministry. Be active in your local community as a means of preparing for overseas service.

Learn about the needs of the unreached. Visit the Joshua Project website and watch our video overview about the unreached to grow in your knowledge about the work that still needs to be accomplished.

Get involved in a church plant. Is there a new church plant somewhere near you? Get involved. If there isn’t one, prayerfully consider bringing together a team to start one. As you advance Christ’s kingdom in your sphere of influence, the lessons you learn and the experience you gain will wonderfully equip you for church-planting ministry overseas.

Participate in a short-term mission trip. While they are not a substitute for deep-reaching, long-term mission work, short-term mission trips are a good way to experience new cultures and begin to grasp the needs of the unreached.

Learn a new language. It makes little difference which language you decide to learn. The important thing is that you gain skill and experience in how to learn a new language. This is a key skill for missionaries who reach out primarily by forging deep relationships with people.

Get evangelism and leadership training. Listed below are a few that might spark your interest.

  • AFCoE — Amazing Facts Center of Evangelism
  • ARISE — An evangelism and Bible training institute
  • Hope Lives 365 — Evanglism training with Pastor Mark Finley and Ernestine Finley
  • SALT — An evangelism training program on the campus of Southern Adventist University
  • SOULS West — An outreach leadership school

Continue growing in your love for Jesus and knowledge of missions by reading books/magazines and watching missions-related media. Listed below are a few that might spark your interest.