Become a Missionary

For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.  And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.  Hebrews 6:10-12 (ESV)


God's Calling

Do you feel that God is placing a special calling on your life to serve for an extended time in another country? BMDMI has been helping missionaries fulfill their calling to long-term and short-term missions since 1992. Missionaries come from a variety of backgrounds and serve in numerous ways on the mission field. Have you ever wondered how God could use your talents and abilities to further His kingdom?
Below are the ways that BMDMI helps ordinary people fulfill the extraordinary calling that God has placed on their lives.

The Opportunities

Short-Term Volunteers

Short-term volunteers serve for a longer period than a normal mission trip. They serve under the direction of one of our full-time missionaries for a number of weeks or months. Service is usually associated with one of our on-going ministries. Many short-term volunteers serve as summer interns in children's homes or schools.

Long-Term Volunteers

Long-term volunteers serve for a period of time longer than that of short-term volunteers. They serve under the direction of one of our full-time missionaries for up to a year. Service is usually associated with one of our on-going ministries. Many long-term volunteers serve as classroom teachers or teachers aides in one of our schools or to fulfill other ministry oppurtunities in our children's homes or Bible Institutes.

Sojourners

Sojourners are long-term volunteers who work directly under the supervision of a career missionary. The sojourner makes a one-year commitment to serve on the mission field and has the option of recommit for an additional year. While there are no language learning requirements for sojourners, it is recommended that some type of formal language learning occur so that the sojourner can be most effective in the area where God has called them to serve.

Career Missionaries

The commitment of a career missionary is open-ended. Career missionaries work interdependently with other missionaries and follow God's leading in the area of service they feel called to do. Formal language study is a requirement so that the missionary can have an effective ministry. Career missionaries serve in and/or direct our ongoing ministries, start new ministries and may also work with teams.


The Process

Prayer:

Prayer is indispensable in the life of a missionary. Pray for affirmation and confirmation of a clear calling from God to the mission field. Oftentimes this clear calling is what will sustain you through the difficult times on the mission field.

Application:

This process begins with an email to info@bmdmi.org stating your desire to serve. Upon receiving your email we will begin a dialogue with you about how you feel God is directing your life to the mission field. Based on those conversations, you may begin the application process.

Interviews:

Your completed application will be reviewed by our adminstrative staff. If the application is approved, the inteviews will begin. Short and Long-Term Volunteers will interview with administrative staff and dirctors of the ministries where they wish to serve. Sojourners and Career Missionaries will be interviewed by our personnel committee. This interview will be done in person if possible.

Board Approval:

Sojourners and Career missionaries will be presented to our board of directors by the personnel committee at the closest scheduled board meeting. The missionary applicant will not need to be present unless otherwise specified.

Orientation:

Short and Long-Term Volunteers will do orientation online or in their country of service. Board approved Sojourners and Career Missionaries will be required to attend a two-day orientation meeting with our adminstrative staff to begin their preparation for fundraising and subsequent departure for the mission field.

Fundraising:

All missionaries and volunteers are responsible for raising funds for their personal and ministry expenses that they will encounter on the foreign field. This can be one of the more lengthy and rewarding portions of the process to becoming a missionary.

Departure:

When fundraising has been completed, the new missionary or volunteer will be permitted to depart for their field of service to begin the adventure of a lifetime. Career missionaries will immediately begin required language classes upon arrival.