Ross Christopher asked:
Hello Jack, I'm a 9th grader in High School and I have a strong sensation from dreams to the incredible feelings I get when I think of myself being somewhere helping and telling others about God. He is leading my life now for I have opened the door for Jesus to come in and he is the driver in the car now. I want to know how to become a missionary as far as education is concerned like should I major in Psychology or Bible Studies or how should I go about to get my chance to serve God. Thanks.Ross Christopher
I praise the Lord, Ross, that you have both come into a personal relationship with Jesus and already feel a call to serve Him as a missionary. Here are some suggestions.
- The very best preparation for missionary service in the future is getting involved in ministry right now! For example, if there are groups of Christians meeting in your High School, get to know them and join the one that will involve you in Bible Study, prayer, and sharing the Gospel. I don't know what your church offers, but you should also be involved in some activity where you can not only receive, but also give - such as teaching Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Youth Group, etc. You don't want to get overloaded, but this is the time to learn how to receive from the Lord and grow in leadership opportunities through service.
- I trust you have established a pattern of daily meeting with the Lord. If not, make this a priority, even if it's only 15 to 20 minutes. If this is a new idea to you, ask a mature Christian or two for advice.
- Make sure the pastor of your church knows of your commitment. He will be pleased and will be a great source of guidance as you move along and have to make choices.
- Do the same with the head of the missions committee (if there is one) at your church.
- If you church supports missionaries, read about them, and then choose two or three and begin writing them. Learn about the countries in which they work. Ask to receive their prayer letters and begin praying for them. If you like what they are doing, you might want to begin sending some financial support - as small as it might be - to them. This will help you understand what it's like to be supported financially, when you become a missionary.
- Talk to your pastor or missions committee chairperson about going on a missions trip. It would be particularly significant if you could visit one of the missionaries you are praying for!
- As far as education is concerned, this will depend on your interests, your specific calling, and how the Lord leads you. Much will depend on the orientation you receive from the mission agency through which you plan to serve. If you are a good student, I would encourage you to study something like psychology, history, or literature in college, and then study Bible, theology, and mission in a seminary or graduate school. More and more countries are expecting people who apply for visas to be professionals and have "something to offer" their countries other than just a degree in a religious subject. But all depends on where you feel called to serve and the kind of work you feel called to do. But you have time to think more about this!
I trust that these suggestions will be helpful to you, Ross.
Keep in touch.