You have a heart for the nations. It may involve a longing to pack your bags and settle on the other side of the planet, or it may be a call toward short-term mission work. Whatever the case, God has His hand on you.
Your next step will be to filter through a list of Christian missionary organizations and find the one that’s right for you. You’ll need to identify the right partner, the team that will support you and equips you to be the most effective representative of Jesus Christ possible.
And, when it comes to Christian missionary organizations, you have a lot of options.
Christian mission organizations often serve as the bridge between missionaries and the people they serve. Some could be classified as sending agencies, while others focus on support and networking. These missionary organizations can provide training and logistical support for those called to the mission field. In some cases, they also may assist in areas like placement and fundraising.
Christian missionary organizations can be great allies. But you need to find the one that best fits your calling. In the list below, we’ve highlighted ten trusted Christian missionary organizations. The first five primarily focus on medical missions, while the second half of the list focuses more on general missions. Since many medical mission agencies also enlist non-medical volunteers and many non-medical agencies are open to medical professionals, all ten might be a potential mission agency for you.
If you’re interested in Christian missionary organizations that emphasize medical opportunities, these are reliable options to consider:
Medical Missions is affiliated with the Global Health Missions Conference, which is held every year in Louisville, Kentucky. In addition to the conference, Medical Missions provides information and networking opportunities for individuals who feel a call toward medical missions. This includes a job board, information on dozens of sending agencies, community groups, and a blog filled with helpful articles and videos.
While medical missionaries have an abundance of the skill and compassion necessary to make a difference in the world, they often run short on one thing: medical supplies. Whether it’s equipment or medicine, medical missionaries need help getting these basic tools of their trade. MAP International is a Christian missionary organization that stands in this gap. The group’s mission is to provide medicine and supplies to people who need it, regardless of their backgrounds or beliefs.
Like MAP, Blessings International focuses on providing resources for medical missionaries in the United States and around the world. For more than 40 years, Blessings International has worked under the premise that healthy individuals create healthy communities. By providing medicine, vitamins, and other resources, Blessings International helps medical professionals fulfill the Great Commission and expand the kingdom of God.
In so many corners of the world, children suffer from conditions that could be remedied by a relatively simple surgery. Cure works through a network of eight hospitals in Africa and the Philippines to provide free life-changing operations for children while sharing the good news of Jesus. Cure also works within communities to support families and strengthen healthcare options for underserved regions.
If you’re looking for a Christian missionary organization that specializes in short-term opportunities, GO International might be a great option. GO works within communities overseas to plan and provide mission trips that address a variety of needs. These experiences include medical missions, disaster relief, church planting, discipleship, clean water projects, feeding programs, and children’s ministry.
You may be familiar with Samaritan’s Purse through its Operation Christmas Child shoebox ministry, but this mission organization does so much more to spread the hope of Jesus. Through its work in medical missions, doctors and other healthcare professionals minister to individuals around the world. The goal is to provide relief and comfort for those dealing with disease, natural disasters, wars, and poverty. Like its namesake character from Luke 10, Samaritan’s Purse strives to meet the physical needs of outcasts—all to earn a hearing for the gospel.
If you’re looking for Christian missionary organizations that are more general in nature, these are proven groups that are making a difference in the world:
This non-denominational mission organization was founded in the early 1960s andfocuseds on bringing glory to God by sharing the gospel with the world. Its goal is to empower young people to serve Christ. Today, in addition to providing mission trips around the world, YWAM also offers an in-depth, six-month Discipleship Training School that includes classroom training and field experience for college students and young adults.
In 1957, a group of friends began passing out Scripture and Christian literature in Mexico. From that simple start, Operation Mobilization (OM) grew into a steadfast Christian missionary organization. As a trailblazer in overseas missions, OM began working in Muslim and Communist countries in the 1960s. Today, the group sponsors short-term experiences around the world, including through its OM Ships ministry.
Originally known as Campus Crusade for Christ, CRU was founded in 1951 by evangelist Bill Bright. This missionary organization currently has a presence in 191 countries around the world. While CRU originally focused on discipling college students, it now provides mission trips for a variety of age groups with a variety of interests. Trips range from a few weeks in length to a few months and seek to find common ground through things like sports, media, humanitarian aid, and more. CRU also offers internships, study abroad, and career ministry opportunities.
Founded in 1943, World Venture has stood the test of time among Christian missionary organizations. With ministries in the United States and around the world, World Venture focuses on a variety of needs, including church planting and evangelism. World Venture also shares the gospel through sports ministries, education, and marketplace missions. Short-term and career opportunities are available.
As the name implies, Send International serves as a missionary sending agency that focuses on mobilizing believers and planting healthy churches. In its mission, Send highlights the role of the local church in identifying and commissioning missionaries. They also emphasize cultural and language training so missionaries can live out the gospel in meaningful ways wherever they serve.
Although this list isn't exhaustive, you now have an idea of which type of Christian missionary organization might work best for your calling.
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