Becoming a Missionary?
Before we were engaged, Jodi and I knew we were called to missions. Twenty-six years later, the door opened for us with the organization Mission Next. Through our process of becoming missionaries we wanted to share our resources gathered along the way.
Check out the resources below on becoming a missionary, Bible translation, missionary work in PNG, and our book recommendations
MissionNext helps connect Christ followers to other organizations or jobs all over the world. They use a matching system that best suits your needs. You can find a job with them or partner with them.
Check out Mission Next opportunities in ministry, IT-technology, education, short/long term roles
SIL (Summer Institute of Linguistics) International was founded in 1934. Back then, and now, SIL is a global, faith-based nonprofit organization whose goal is to develop language solutions, with local communities, to improve quality of life. Regardless of language, socio-economic level, or access to education, SIL's heart is to bring equality to all. Over the years, SIL's core focus areas include Bible translation, education, development, literacy, linguistic research, and language tools.
Click here to discover SIL's careers and language services
Wycliffe Bible Translators have been around for 80 years, and their mission is to give access to all people to have the Word of God in a language they can understand. Wycliffe works with local churches to help them lead translation programs in their community. Short or long term, Wycliffe places missionaries of all occupations around the world.
Click here to find more about becoming a missionary, volunteering, internships, or paid jobs
The Jungle Aviation and Radio Service (JAARS) was founded in 1948 to provide technical and aviation services to SIL workers in remote areas. Your church can get connected by hosting a JAARS speaker, American mission trips, or a JAARS CrossVenture experience. You can also get involved by praying, giving, and advocating.
Click here to learn more about JAARS jobs and volunteer opportunities
Mission Work-Papua New Guinea
The PNG Experience
The PNG Experience is a blog style website that posts current news stories about Bible translation in Papua New Guinea. These articles document the progress of language development and the positive impact it has on the people. The blog also enables you to find where missionaries are needed and discover the beauty of PNG in the picture galleries.
Ukarumpa International School
The Ukarumpa International School has been around since 1962 and is now run by SIL. The school serves about 250 students from preschool through grade 12. Their mission is to provide parents partnering with SIL to provide Christ-centered education to their children.
Click the button to learn more about UIS or follow their Facebook page to see updates on teaching jobs
SIL’s first fieldwork in the Pacific was Papua New Guinea in 1953. The SIL missionaries live in the town of Ukarumpa where there is a school, clinic, and Bible translation center. SIL Papua New Guinea website provides resources of Bible scriptures in PNG languages, languages of PNG, SIL aviation PNG, and language development training courses. SILPNG also supports The PNG Experience and the Pacific Institute of Languages, Arts, and Translation (PILAT).