SRCC missionary "tool shed"

Thanks for stopping by! It's our hope to provide all outgoing SRCC missionaries with tools and supplies that will help you be the best missionary that God has called you to be. Please take a look below to find helpful and important videos, articles, documents, and checklists. If you have any questions, Nathan Lewis is our current contact for more information.


Dear Missionary,


We are so excited that you have chosen to help bring the Kingdom of God to the world. Our hope is that you will spend the necessary time to prepare well for your trip. We have found that there are four key areas of preparation that will help you have the greatest amount of success possible.


A. Prepare INTELLECTUALLY


Be a student of the culture you are going to serve. Take time to learn the history of the nation/region, its food, religion, civil issues, language, etc. 


B. Prepare SPIRITUALLY


Commit to a prayer regimen leading up to your trip. Pray daily and specifically that God would prepare your heart/mind, as well as those you are going to serve and partner with.


Commit to a Scripture reading plan. There are many out there (check out the YouVersion app), but one plan that we have found incredibly useful when preparing for an endeavor over the course of a few months is what we call "J-J-A-R."

  • John - the Gospel according to John is an excellent account of the ministry of Jesus with a profound emphasis on Jesus as the Son of God.
  • James - an excellent "how to" instructional letter when it comes to appropriate behavior/conduct of believers.
  • Acts - the story of the early church, the perfect template for missions work.
  • Romans - an incredible theological treatise. There is so much theology that we have as modern believers that is traced back to this short letter to a group of believers in Rome. 

Journal - Keep a journal on everything (prayers, scriptures, answered prayers, mission prep "to do" lists, etc.


Consider fasting in order to seek God's clarity on your mission.


Read as many articles and books as you can on "missions" (see below)!


C. Prepare PHYSICALLY


Your mission is going to put you outside of your comfort zone physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Commit to preparing your body by exercising, so that you are ready to withstand things physically when the other areas begin to take their toll on you.


Also, make sure you have received any necessary immunizations, malaria medications, etc.


D. Prepare LOGISTICALLY


Make a checklist of everything you need to do. Everything!


Make sure you have the necessary Visas/Passports.

Make a budget, and then begin the difficult but very rewarding process of fundraising.

Record everything!


Bottom line, you will have a much more impactful experience if you take the time to adequately prepare.


Once you've done the hard work of preparation, go with God. May He use you more than you ever thought possible! And give us a call along the way if you have any questions.

helpful articles:

The Apostle Paul and the Missionary Task by Arthur Glasser

A Theology of Missions by Mark Smith

Kingdom Inaugurated by NT Wright

Doing Missions when Dying is Gain by John Piper

Understanding Poverty with Brian Fikkert

Building for the Kingdom by NT Wright


biography:

The Exchanged Life - J. Hudson Taylor, Missionary to China


helpful videos:

What is Poverty? by Brian Fikkert

Fundraising Support Help by NMSI

Spanish Tutorial #1 by Victoria Owens

Spanish Tutorial #2 by Victoria Owens


recommended books about missions:

Let the Nations Be Glad! by John Piper

When Helping Hurts by Corbett & Fikkert

Perspectives on the World Christian Movement: A Reader

They Found the Secret by Raymond Edman

God's Smuggler by Brother Andrew

Is That Really You, God? by Loren Cunningham

Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation by Jason Mandryk


helpful documents:

It's always helpful to keep a trip log during your mission. This will be a wonderful personal treasure for you in years to come, but it will also pay great dividends if you are able to supply your supporters with a Trip Report. This builds much credibility for future support-raising missionaries that follow after you. For an example, see a Trip Report from Mark Smith's mission to Haiti in 2010 (former SRCC missions pastor). Note how the use of color text and pictures work to engage the reader.


help for after your trip:

What They Don't Tell You About Mission Trips by Grace Oliver