At SEND International, we constantly pray for new workers for the Harvest fields — and as we pray, we offer multiple paths to international missions. They include:
- Operating four sending councils — East Asia, Philippine, Canada and US — that provide comprehensive member care and accept donations for missions work.
- Partnering with other missions organizations to draw missionaries from Latin America and Europe.
- Supporting mobilization efforts in several other countries. (Read about those efforts in China and Ukraine.)
While passion for engaging unreached people groups with the gospel unites all these efforts, each exists in its own distinct setting. Take, for instance, two of our sending councils: SEND US and Philippine Sending Council.
Age of organization
SEND US is much older — it opened 70 years ago, in 1947, and has 276 workers assigned to cross-cultural fields.
The Philippine Sending Council officially launched just six years ago, in 2011, and has 37 long-term missionaries.
Age of applicants
Though the PSC itself is younger, its applicants skew older, averaging 38 years old.
“We have deployed people who already have years of Christian or missionary service,” says PSC Area Director James Aberin. “The generations of missionaries we have are set for long-term, career ministries.”
The average SEND US applicant is 30.
“We’re seeing applicants who have greater openness to location and length of service,” says Steve Baker, SEND US Director of Personnel Selection & Training. “They tend to already have short-term, cross-cultural experience, and they want to work on a team with strong relationships and mentoring.”
Ministries and training
Church planting and Muslim ministries are top interests for missionaries coming from both councils.
Both offices provide standard prefield training, and might also direct missionaries to specified training — like Chronological Bible Storying, teaching English or launching Disciple Making Movements — that will help them make disciples on their distinct fields.
In both areas, churches provide about 30 percent of a missionary’s support. For SEND US, individual gifts make up the remainder — and younger missionaries are seeing contributions from individuals play an even bigger role in their overall financial support.
At PSC, individual gifts average about 35 percent and the Global Worker Initiative provides the rest of the funding.
Time to the field
From the moment they apply to serve, PSC missionaries take about 18 months to raise support, undergo training and move to the field. That process takes an average of 30 months in the States — a timeline that new SEND US Director Michelle Atwell aims to decrease.
Though each of SEND International’s sending councils and partner organizations experience some distinctions, all are committed to the globalization of missions and to building healthy multinational teams that reflect the unity of all believers. No matter our ages, or the time it takes us to get to the field, or our passport countries, together we can more powerfully engage the unreached and make disciples of all the nations.
More Better Together stories
- Check out the resources on SEND’s Better Together page.
- Four strengths of multicultural ministry teams: Many people associate ethnicity with religion — to be X is to believe Y. Multicultural teams contradict this notion by their very existence.
- ‘Vital instruments’ in new faith: Four Latin American interns passionately share their faith in Thailand, and two young women decide to follow Jesus!
- Missionary, know thyself: Multicultural teams work together more smoothly when each member understands their own culture. These questions can help.
- The best kind of breakdown: More time at the mechanic means more opportunities to share the love of Christ.
- Unity prayer for multicultural teams: Five ways to pray for the kind of oneness that attracts the unreached to Jesus.
- A heart for Japan’s hopeless: Our first global worker from Taiwan looks back and understands why God called her to work with SEND.
- ‘No one nationality could accomplish all that the Lord does through us working together’: Program for non-native English teachers has sent graduates into 32 countries to engage the unreached.
- Bridging cultural divides to remedy Babel’s confusion: Multicultural teams that display the unity of his Spirit show the world an alternative to the fragmentation of Babel.
- Movement envisions China sending 20,000 as lights to the nations: ‘Over the course of the next couple of years, we envision thousands of Mainland Chinese brothers and sisters engaging in mission.’
- Pro tips from multicultural ministry AND marriage: Every aspect of Irish missionary’s life proves: ‘If we want a rich harvest, we are necessarily and hugely Better Together!’
- Missionary care, Slavic style: SEND’s Missions Mobilization Ministry sees more and more Ukrainians displaying a personal connection to the Great Commission.
- Three great discussions on why missions is Better Together: In less than 90 minutes, you can explore many aspects of how God is drawing people from his worldwide church to participate in his Great Commission.