Seven Mission Jobs You Haven't Heard of
Seven Mission Jobs You've Never Heard Of
There’s a widely accepted myth in the world of missions that needs to be cleared up. It's this: all missionaries are preachers. In reality, missionaries do many very different jobs.
The truth is that pioneers use anything and everything that allows them to share the Good News. After all, Paul was a tentmaker, which is a little surprising if you think about it. And if you think that was outside the box, you should see what today’s missionaries do to introduce people to Jesus. Here are seven jobs you might find surprising:
Yes, you read that right! Combine a business background with a passion for good produce, and you get a perfect platform for mission. Coffee, fruit, chickens… you name it.
2. Performing arts
Scattered across the world is a creative community of God’s people who make Jesus known through life and worship, music and art. “I see unlimited potential,” writes one worker. “Music, film-making, poetry, dance, storytelling, drama, painting, crafts, etc. can be used to live in relationship, communicate truth, and express worship.”
3. Tourism adventures
Snorkelling, rock climbing, diving, trekking, surfing and visits to waterfalls. Running a tourism adventure company lets people in these jobs build and develop relationships with their local employees.
People who use their hands to build and fix things are in high demand! These workers use their skills to teach sustainable and affordable building techniques and help implement culturally appropriate technologies on a community level. As they do their jobs, they are able to share the love of God in practical ways.
5. Being a family
This might sound strange, but in many places around the world—particularly countries where families are torn apart, kids are orphaned, fathers are killed by war—a Christian family that honours God can demonstrate in word and deed what it means to follow Jesus.
Can you imagine the opportunities to bring glory to God through running an internet café, a bakery, a restaurant or a consulting company? On a business level, meaningful engagement with local customers could bring new life. Ingenious!
You only need to spend a few minutes on CommnetMedia.com before you see the way film, photos, graphic design and stories can bring glory to God. This team of Pioneers creatives uses their skills to capture and share stories of God at work across the globe—advocating for the unreached.
One Pioneer living overseas writes, “I get to do what I enjoy doing every day. Sometimes I feel like a fraud because I don’t fit the missionary mould.”
But God created us to have talents and desires in order to reflect the different parts of His image. And His message never changes: Jesus loves the whole world. The means by which that message is delivered is up for grabs.
The beauty of it is, no matter your background, your skills or your talents, God can use you to bring the Good News of Jesus to people who have never heard. So what are you waiting for? Get in touch with one of our mission mentors and find out where you might fit.
Taking your profession overseas doesn’t necessarily make things faster and easier, as some may expect, but if you prepare well and love your work, it may offer you opportunities and advantages you couldn’t have by pursuing a different path.
He said very little, just presented me with a Ziploc bag. The contents looked like shredded paper at first. That is, until I noticed the remnants of a photograph and the distinctive red of a British passport cover. “The dog ate my passport,” he said.
The people in my country welcome you in such an honest, raw way. They are so happy to see you and they are delighted to spend time with you. It is cringe-worthy to think of how I unwittingly broke their cultural norms and ideas of politeness yet despite this they chose to embrace me anyway!