Get ready for the unexpected
The journey to cross-cultural service starts long before you get on a plane. So even if you are isolating at home during COVID-19, here are 12 things you can do to prepare for cross-cultural service.
Be intentional in being a disciple of Jesus, growing in your intimacy with God and understanding of the Bible.
Organise to have a virtual coffee with your minister, Missions Task Group or ministry leader. These are the people who have walked with you and taught you … what do they think?
Share your thinking about mission with your Christian friends and church family and ask them to pray with you – be accountable to them and include them in your journey.
Take an active interest in the world at large. Keep up with the news and ask God to give you a heart for a place or an area of need (e.g. displaced peoples).
Note: At this time COVID-19 news dominates our news sources. Mental health experts suggest that we moderate our news intake to promote wellbeing. Instead, you might like to check out past editions of our Go Magazine, full of stories of how Interserve is involved in communities around the world.
Engage cross-culturally in your neighbourhood (perhaps befriend a neighbour who is from a different culture to you).
While we need to maintain physical distancing during the pandemic, we can greet those we walk past or check in on a neighbour to see if they are doing okay. A smile, a friendly note in the letterbox, or sharing fresh produce from your garden can be an effective way to break down social barriers, and let our neighbours know that we care.
Pray for one or two cross-cultural workers, and for the nations in which they serve. We can connect you with people who are working in your area of interest.
Read missionary biographies from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. We recommend you start with “The Plum Tree in the Desert – Ten stories of faith and mission to inspire you” by Naomi Reed.
Write or draw a journal of your thoughts and God’s leading.
Contact your church and see how you can support the community during the isolation period. Take responsibility and do it well, asking for help and guidance as you go. You could cook meals for those in need, help your small group stay connected using social media or snail mail, host an online prayer group, offer to shop for those that can’t leave their homes.
Find a mentor to keep you accountable in the above activities.
Our role as a mission community is to journey with you over the time it takes to get you there, to help you find God’s leading and help keep your heart beating strongly for world mission on the way. Please get in touch if you’d like to chat.
We’ll also hear from visiting mission workers with a breadth of experiences, and integrate what we learn in practical service to our local and global communities.
If you’re interested in mission and want to discern God’s leading while building skills, knowledge and friendships on the way then come, walk with us.