Field Director

  • Pre-Entry
  • Pre-Evangelism
  • Evangelism
  • Discipleship
  • Phase-Out
  • Completed

About Field Directors

Missionary Field Directors provide essential support in various areas to our missionaries and the projects they lead.

Spiritual Support

Missionaries deal with a lot. For most, disruptions to communication systems, civil unrest, rogue military elements, political violence, checking the roads for bandits before a trip, malaria, dysentery, working in areas with resistant religions, communication in a strange language, loneliness, fatigue, disappointment and severe challenges to one’s altruism and sense of innocence are everyday occurrences.

Who prays with missionaries and ministers to their needs? Who walks with them through times when the task does not seem worth it and the cup trembles in their hands? The field director. It is their job and ministry.

The field director should be one who has walked at least a mile in missionary shoes so he or she can minister to them and empathize with them and, together, find comfort and strength for renewed service through the word of God.

New Project Development

Who speaks for the secret believers in closed countries? Who represents them before church officials and in planning meetings? Who works with partners in the church to seek creative ways of entering those difficult places? Who seeks to envision how the gospel may penetrate the places where it has not yet reached? Who seeks to apply lessons learned in the field by other missionaries while searching for methods that may work in a creative-access environment?

The field director is a voice for the voiceless and an advocate for missionaries. When missionaries want to build a church or a school or do some other project, it is the job of the field director to represent that project to AFM administration.

Facilitating Materials Production

Perhaps a missionary has produced a set of Bible studies that are very powerful for his or her people group. Field directors may determine that the studies would also be helpful for another mission project and facilitate the exchange of information between projects for the advancement of both. Field directors seek to advance printed, electronic, and audio works based on the efforts of the missionaries in the field that may be of use to other missionaries and ministries or the church at large. Field directors also maintain good working relationships with the publishing houses in the various fields where our missionaries serve and use their materials production services.

Creative Projects

Each field director may have a special area of ministry, for which he or she is particularly gifted. Field directors may also have a burden for some type of ministry. For example, students in some of our African projects experience tremendous difficulty finishing high school because they keep the Sabbath. Field directors can seek alternatives for such students while traveling through various fields and speaking with church officials. They assist missionaries in planning evangelistic strategies unique to the culture in which they work. They may be authors and want to write helpful articles or even a book for use in ministry or to help missionaries deal with a particular issue. Missionary field directors are first missionaries and then administrators. They must bridge the gap between the AFM home office and missionaries in the field, and they play a vital role in facilitating the work of missionaries and pushing back the borders of the unreached.

Administrative Functions

Field directors have many administrative functions, including:

• Finalizing annual budgets for missionaries
• Answering missionary questions
• Communicating policy to missionaries
• Seeing to the spiritual, physical, and emotional wellbeing of missionaries
• Representing missionaries on committees and in meetings

Will you be a part of reaching the unreached through your support to a field director? You can play a vital role in missionaries’ spiritual and emotional support, assist in Bible study materials, and be a voice for God for the unreached through your gift today.

To donate, select your Field Director from the list on the right of this page.

Frontier Stories

Life Begins at . . . Jesus

God only knows the end of the story, but our group is praying for the Holy Spirit to lead in our studies for His glory and the furtherance of the gospel’s end-time messages.

By: Bruce & Dorothy Hayward
January 01 2022, 3:00 pm | Comments 0

Full Circle in Mongolia

We solicit your prayers for this young couple and all the projects around the world. May God continue raising up young people to serve Him. Stay faithful. Jesus is coming very soon!

By: Diane Hooker
January 01 2022, 2:23 pm | Comments 0

The Green Beret

“You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” 2 Timothy 2:3

By: Arnold & Diane Hooker
December 01 2021, 12:15 pm | Comments 0

Really, Lord? Cookies?

God answers my prayers in such interesting ways. When we make ourselves available, He uses our simple and unique gifts to His glory.

By: Dorothy Hayward
November 01 2021, 8:59 am | Comments 0

All You Need

As situations arise in villages, AFM missionaries do not run away but instead run to meet the needs of the people. Like the rice cooker, a Christian takes on task after task, adapting to reach people with the good news of Jesus!

By: Arnold Hooker
November 01 2021, 8:35 am | Comments 0

Pressing On

“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 3: 12-14

By: Diane Hooker
October 01 2021, 3:29 pm | Comments 0

Eye of Faith

Be encouraged. We, too, can have eyes of faith.

By: Diane Hooker
September 01 2021, 10:26 am | Comments 0

A Retirement Like No Other

We have discovered that mission service at our stage in life has many unexpected and delightfully fulfilling experiences.

By: Dorothy Hayward
August 01 2021, 11:37 am | Comments 0

Praying For the Wind to Blow

“The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:8

By: Diane Hooker
August 01 2021, 9:16 am | Comments 0

Never Underestimate God

“I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.” Job 42:2

By: Arnold & Diane Hooker
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