Keeping mission vision alive and growing A quarterly publication of Mission Data International

Mission Data International: Bringing People and Missions Together Using Internet Technology

By David Armstrong

Making connections: that’s the job of a bridge, or a bottle of glue, or the Internet, and it’s also what M-DAT does by providing services and resources people need to take themselves to their next step in mission involvement.

Our best contribution is in serving those in their twenties and thirties who are somewhere on the journey from hearing God’s call to missions and buying their plane ticket to head overseas. Normally this is a period of 4-6 years, years during which they move from interest to commitment, from desire to departure, from thinking about it to actually doing it.

During this time of preparation, God’s global servants are answering questions like:

  • What kind of ministry focus is God leading me to? Church planting? Bible translation? Starting a relationship-building business overseas? Training pastors and leaders? Friendship evangelism through meeting practical needs?
  • Where in the world should I go? To what kind of people? With what organization?
  • How will this work be funded? How much do I need? How can I raise support?

AskAMissionary.com and PreparingToGo.com are designed to help a person answer those questions and encourage them to persevere. ShortTermMissions.com points people toward transformational mission trips. Articles, resource lists, and newsletters connected to these services point tomorrow’s missionaries to life-changing experiences like the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course.

We are humbled and honored that God has used three couples, a dozen volunteers, and 200 friends and partnering churches to make these services possible through their work and sacrifice. And we appreciate your tracking with us and praying for us over the years.

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