“Here I am! Send me!” -Isaiah 6:8
“For example, who of you wanting to build a tower does not first sit down and calculate the expense to see if he has enough to complete it?” -Luke 14:28
First, let me commend you for having such a wonderful spiritual goal! It’s a bold one, so a big old chocolate cake goes to you!
Disclosure: These tips are for those wanting to move to serve where the need is great in another country. If you already live in a need greater territory then this article won’t be of much help.
PICK A COUNTRY.
There are many ways you can do this, here are 4 ways:
- Prayer. This one should be the first thing you do. And for every step of the process, this should go along with it. I won’t say more because well it’s self-explanatory. “It does not belong to man who is walking even to direct his step.” -Jeremiah 10:23 But asking for Jehovah’s guidance in choosing a country is a very good idea. He is able to see things that we have no clue are there!
- Write to your local branch office and ask them what language or area around you needs help. Are you willing to learn another language? A misconception I had about serving where the need is great is I assumed that you have to move to another country in order to accomplish that goal… You could already be living in a need greater territory! Perhaps there’s a local group in a foreign language that needs more publishers. Something to consider. *eyebrows wiggle*
- Check out one of the recent yearbooks published by the organization. They include statistics towards the back of the book that gives the population-publisher ratio. Make a list of your top 3 countries and then research each country. Possible things to research could be: What is the culture like? What is the economic situation in that country? How is the safety in the country? For some countries, the sisters aren’t recommended to move there because it’s unsafe. Also what jobs are in demand there? What are the requirements for getting a visa? Questions like these help tremendously when picking a country!
- Do you have a language you’re interested in learning or are already learning? There could be a need for that language in a country that has a different national language. For example, there is a need in Germany for French-speaking publishers. In Spain, there’s a big need for English publishers. You get the picture. Do some research & ask around!
Let your interest be known to the brothers and sisters around you. They might know someone serving in the country for the language you’re interested in who could give you valuable information.
VISIT THE COUNTRY.
In your head, you have painted this picture of what it would be like to serve in the country of your choice, but the reality is often so different from what we imagine it to be.
By visiting the country you get to gather information in person which makes it more accurate.
Investigate! What are the costs of living in that country? Would you be able to find a place to live? What is a service like in that country? As a foreigner what do you need to get a visa? Do you even need a visa? Well, I should’ve prefaced with this question but also do you even plan to move to that country or do you just want to save up money and preach there for a few weeks or months? All things to consider. Because based off of how you answer the above questions it could determine where you serve and for how long.
If you are unable to visit the country beforehand then you need to be very extensive in your research. Of course with Jehovah’s help, you can accomplish anything, but He blesses plans. So give him something to bless/work with. Keep in mind no matter how extensive your research is things are going to come up that you didn’t plan for. So don’t be too disappointed if things don’t work out exactly as planned.
FIGURE OUT YOUR INCOME SOURCE
Questions to consider: Will you be able to take your current job in the new country? Do they have similar job openings in that area?
If you’re young and still under the care of your parents, fear not for I have an article tailored specifically to those who wish to use their youth for Jehovah. It’s still baking in the oven.
Many brothers and sisters who serve where the need is great, teach English online. I know a sister who is a web developer and she does that entirely online so it doesn’t matter what country she’s in! My point being many who serve abroad like online jobs for the flexibility offered. However, I will mention that online jobs take some time to establish as stable incomes so give yourself time. I like what one sister told me when I was struggling to find work, “Pioneers can’t be picky.” So keep your options open!
DO YOU WANT TO GO ALONE OR WITH A PIONEER PARTNER?
Often times going with someone else is recommended for various reasons. You can share the costs of living with a partner, and you may have a service partner which may be hard to find in the new territory. There is someone to share your experiences with. It’s also safer to travel with another person. Besides many have said traveling alone can be lonely hence the word alone…
That’s all I have for you guys this time, let me know what you think down below! If you could serve where the need is great comment down below what country you would serve in! And why?
There is a lot of very helpful information from the WOL that can help you with this decision. This article isn’t meant to replace that information. These are just some tips in Emma language meant to supplement and aid the information already provided. I will include links to some articles that I found helpful, but do your own personal study and research who knows what gems you’ll find!