The Advantages of Being a Student/Short-Term Missionary

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So, what is it like to be a missionary halfway around the world? I’ll tell you: Nothing compares to it! But it’s not so much the fun of watching the ostrich and springbok bounding across the plains, or even the thrill of jungle trekking. That’s exciting, of course, but nothing truly compares to the simple joy of sitting with unreached people, talking with them, hearing their stories and testimonies and teaching them about Christ.

Here are a few personal advantages of serving as an SM/STM:

  • You get a cross-cultural education that equips you for life in an increasingly global society.
  • You find out more about yourself—your strengths and weaknesses—than you could if you stayed in your comfort zone.
  • You discover that you can make a difference in an evil world.
  • You get a chance to serve others less privileged than yourself.
  • You make new friends.
  • You discover the faithfulness of God working in and through you.

Here are a few of the advantages for the career missionaries you work with:

  • They get much-needed help with the people group they are serving.
  • They have someone else who thinks more or less like they do to socialize with.
  • They have the privilege of mentoring young people at an important crossroads in their lives.
  • They discover the faithfulness of God working in and through you.

Finally, and most important, what are the advantages for the people group you serve?

  • They get to make new friends.
  • They get to hear the Good News at last!
  • They discover the faithfulness of God working in and through you.

One AFM student missionary commented, “These people have grown so precious to me! They have taught me how to communicate and how to survive. They have shared with me their food, ways and language, their children and their hearts. The biggest thing I’ve realized is how much I love being a missionary! Each day is so rich and meaningful. To be able to make an eternal difference, to be stretched past your known potential and having to depend on God fully for everything.”

Please answer the call so we can help you experience the advantages of being a student or short-term missionary. 

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