Global Frontier Missions and SIM USA are partnering together in a year long apprenticeship program. Individuals who qualify for this apprenticeship will attend a five-month missionary training program in Atlanta, GA, followed by seven months serving on the mission field with SIM in one of at least three possible locations (Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa).
Global Frontier Missions will provide the training phase for missions through classroom instruction and life-on-life discipleship with long-term missionaries. Students will also have hands-on, cross-cultural missions experience serving among refugees.
Apprentices will, in addition, live incarnationally among unreached people groups in a very diverse community. This will allow many opportunities for the apprentices to apply what they are learning in the classroom.
SIM USA will provide up to seven months of on field training and service. Students will be involved in language learning, mentoring by veteran missionaries, ministry opportunities and outreach. Possible ministry locations include Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.
What will SIM USA help with during the first stages of this program?
- Train and Go apprentices will get connected with SIM’s short-term program. Our short-term team will facilitate field opportunities and help identify healthy matches for overseas teams. Ideally, the applicants will have field acceptance before they begin their GFM experience.
- SIM USA will allow apprentices to raise funds through SIM and then SIM will distribute funds to the apprentice as needed.
- SIM USA short-term program will provide materials and services regarding pre-field preparation, debriefing and follow-up mentoring.
Going overseas with SIM USA
- SIM will manage international travel, travel insurance, emergency planning, ministry opportunities and on-field mentoring.
- SIM’s short-term program will take care of purchasing international flights to/from the field as well as travel insurance. The apprentice will be responsible for holding U.S.-based primary health insurance.
- Once the apprentice arrives on the field, our field personnel will care for them for the duration of their placement. Apprentices will be involved in language learning, mentoring by veteran cross-cultural workers, and outreach opportunities. Possible activities include the following: creation care, sports, art, teaching English, and working with youth or college students.
- Opportunities and teams will all look different based on ministry location. The apprentice will need to take initiative to follow the suggestions of the team and join in the team life (meetings, outings, meals, etc.).