Gospel Fellowship Association missions has developed the Short-Term
Missionary Program to place temporary volunteers with career
missionaries. Short-term missionaries assist with home schooling,
teaching at a Bible institute or seminary, camps, medical evangelism,
computer work, office work, church music programs, etc. Short-term
assignments with GFA Missions last up to two years.
What Are the Qualifications?
GFA is looking for the following in its short-term applicants:
- Clear testimony of being born again
Dedication, self-sacrifice, and adaptability to changing circumstances
Full agreement with the Fundamentalist, biblical, separatist philosophy of GFA
A true zeal for winning lost souls evidenced in part by current involvement in the ministry of a local church
Relevant experience to the ministry to be performed on the field
Generally good health
Complete undergraduate and/or graduate education (at least)
What Are the Benefits of Working Through GFA?
- Because of GFA's excellent reputation, identification with the mission aids in raising support.
Our home office staff issues tax-deductible receipts for gifts and transmits funds to the field.
The leadership provides guidance and accountability.
GFA evaluates each applicant to ascertain whether he is suited for the
assignment in which he is interested, thus deterring the heartaches
that come from an undesirable situation.
What is the cost?
- The base salary covers such
things as the missionary's tithe, insurance, taxes, and personal items
such as toiletries, postage stamps, telephone calls, souvenirs, film,
- The cost of living allowance varies depending on the
housing arrangements on the field. In many cases the short-termer will
take room and board in the missionary's home, providing that he or she
can be afforded a substantial measure of privacy. In some situations
the short-termer obtains housing apart from the missionary.
Preparatory expenses include prayer letters, prayer cards (optional),
vaccinations, passport, visa, and travel to and from the field--varying
according to the field.
Obtaining sufficient funds is the responsibility of the short-term
missionary--usually through gifts from family and friends, the home
church, and, in some cases, the supporting churches of the missionary
whom the short-termer will assist. All funds should be sent to GFA,
which receipts and distributes the funds as needed. All money received
for a missionary goes to that missionary; no percentage is retained for
office expenses .
What Is the Procedure for Becoming a Short-Term Missionary?
- Contact the GFA home office to communicate your interest in a short-term ministry.
Obtain and complete a General Information Sheet.
Meet with a GFA Representative and learn of suitable short-term opportunities.
Once you decide on a particular opportunity, the GFA home office will
communicate your desire to the particular missionary on the field to
verify the need and desirability of having a short-termer come.
Once we receive verification from the missionary, the candidate will
receive an application for short-term missionary service.
Request recommendations from your home-church pastor, your college or
university, and former employers, and then return your application.
Meet with a GFA Candidate Committee for final approval of the short-term ministry.
Upon approval of the application, GFA will assist the short-term
missionary in writing letters for support, obtaining a passport and
visa, fulfilling pertinent health requirements, and preparing for the
ministry. The entire process from initial inquiry to arrival on the
field generally requires a minimum of six months.
If you desire to serve the Lord as a short-term missionary with
Gospel Fellowship Association Missions, please contact us or come by
our home office. It is our greatest desire to assist men and women who
desire to be obedient to what God has called them to do. We would love
to speak with you.
"For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love,
which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the
saints, and do minister."