This post is in honor of the Choose Your Own Adventure Books I had when I was younger. Did anybody read those like me growing up?
In my own quest for adventure and to gain more wisdom and council surrounding my potential career change I set up a meeting with the director of training and equipping at the World Missions department for the church I attend –
Although I did not know this going into the meeting, it quickly became clear that they have an application process for becoming a career missionary as well. Maybe in my heart I knew that and that is why I wanted to meet with them in the first place.
The interesting thing is that the two agencies that are now on the table present two different primary missions strategies. I kinda feel like my life has really become like one of my old Choose Your Own Adventure books…
Like if I turn to page 25 I get…
South American Missionary Society
- Guarantees I would serve in South America (I like this because I could definitely use my Spanish and God has really placed a love for the people of
in my heart) Bolivia
- Serves the Anglican Church which means I would be under the authority and direction of the leaders and bishop of the Anglican Church
- Would lead to a more probable chance of me returning to
, the city in Cochabamba I visited for two weeks this past summer (And the city that lit this whole missionary flame in my heart in the first place) Bolivia
- More social/community outreach and a more likely chance that my primary mission would be to orphanages/children’s homes (I would help the local church there but my primary mission would probably be to help meet the basic needs of children who don’t have a chance and showing them the love of Christ in the process)
- More freedom to choose my exact ministry and more flexibility within that ministry
- Faster process (I could leave sometime next summer)
- More of a guarantee that I will even be offered a position as a long-term missionary
- The ability to begin raising funds sooner
And if I turn to page 35 I get…
North Point Ministries World Missions Department
- Could possibly serve in
South Americabut I might not (They have strategic partners all around the world)
- More focus on church growth – taking the relevant environments that are leading a large number of people into a growing relationship with Christ here in
and figuring out how to translate those environments into another culture somewhere in the world Atlanta
- Still working with children but feels like I could be a part of impacting a larger number of children by helping setup relevant church environments for kids in another culture (Feels like both quantity and quality)
- More corporate, more structured and although each culture is different I would be trying to figure out how to apply similar ministry strategies/principles that have been proven successes here in
- Slower process (I could leave by next fall at the earliest)
- Would need to go on a short-term trip with them first to see how they do things (probably late Spring or early Summer)
- The selection process seems more involved/more like a traditional job interview and it seems like it would be more difficult to actually get offered a position as a long-term missionary
- Probably less fund-raising needed
Anyone know which page I should turn to?
Better yet, anyone know what page God will turn me to?