Posted on April 30, 2019 Are you Discerning God’s Calling for Global Service?

Each of us is at a different place in our spiritual journey. For some, a tug of the heart to mission service occurred many years ago and is now growing much stronger. For others, it may be that they see so much need globally, and it is stirring something inside them. There are others who have little doubt that God is calling them to mission service. No matter where you are in your spiritual journey, you want to be sensitive to the prompting and leading of the Spirit to global service.

I am reminded of 1 Peter 2:9, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” In this text, we are reminded of the priesthood of all believers. Every believer is called to serve. The question is, to what extent? Are you called to be a global servant?

As people of faith, we reference the WORD. The Psalter in Psalm 119:105 states, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” I remember very clearly when I was seeking God’s will in my life regarding my call to service, I was encouraged to spend time in God’s word. The suggestion was that I select a book in the Bible and spend time asking, “Lord, what is your plan for my life?” When I did this, God started to light up the path for me. I began to see all pieces of my life coming together. Then came these words, “Behold my servant I have chosen….” That was it for me. I was at peace. God’s word brightly lit up my path.

This was how my call came to me. Your experience will be different, and God may speak to you differently. Nonetheless, read and ask God to light up the path before you so that you can see what he wants you to do, and how he wants you to serve. God’s light may not show you the destination, but certainly God will show you the next steps on the journey.

As the Holy Spirit begins to light up your path, I encourage you to talk with your pastor and other mature believers about what God is showing you. Invite them to pray with you. Get involved in mission trips, attend conferences and meet other global servants.

You can take a significant step by talking with me or other staff at International Ministries (IM). We will walk alongside you in the discernment process.

 What is the process to become a Global Servant with IM?

There are five stages in this process:

Stage 1 – Preparation

Stage 2 – Discovery: Application & Assessment

After reviewing the initial questionnaire and talking with you, we will send you the Application Packet. Your completed application will be reviewed and a skype or telephone interview will follow. After the first interview, IM will send a Supplement Packet. The following will be required:

 Stage 3 – Pre-assignment: Endorsement

Stage 4 – Pre-assignment: Appointment

Stage 5 – Assignment & Sending

Language School, if required, will be completed during the first year of the first term of service and may or may not take place in the country of service.