Part I: The “Yep” Side of the Argument
Agencies make you more effective.
Agencies differ, but most of them offer these services:
- Placement. They tell you about openings and opportunities in the countries where they work.
- Financial support. Agencies usually require you to raise your own financial support. However, they guide you in this process, giving you materials to give to potential supporters and helping you describe what you’ll be doing. Once you’re accepted by the agency, they provide your supporters with tax-deductible receipts.
- Orientation. Crossing cultures is a demanding experience, both intellectually and emotionally. Good mission agencies can be of great help, since they know the culture where you’ll be going and how best to prepare you. They will recommend a language-training option and help you find your way around the country.
- Supervision. We all need supervision to guide us in our work, help us learn from our mistakes, and encourage our development.
- Member care. Early mission pioneers were pretty much on their own. Now more mission agencies look out for their people: their spiritual needs, their intellectual growth, their plans for furlough, the education of their children, and their preparation for retirement.