A Guide for the Journey - Student

The Student’s Guide to Pursuing Missions

Our step-by-step process for student missions trips and internships

PHASE 1: IDENTIFY YOUR FIT

As a student, you may have an unwavering passion for missions, or you may just be curious. Either way, we want to walk alongside you throughout your journey. We are passionate about connecting your heart and talents with mission internships because we believe God can use you to share the hope of Jesus Christ around the world.

For nearly 90 years, we have been working to multiply leaders, churches, and missions movements among every people. Our goal for participants in our Intern pathway is that they would serve alongside a seasoned missionary and learn about missionary life (the good, the bad, and everything in between), grow in their persona relationship with Christ, gain a passion for missions and what God is doing around the world, engage in personal evangelism and service oriented around the local church, and discern their long-term calling with regard to ministry.

Once you’ve determined your fit, begin filling out our application. This application asks for your basic personal information, personal salvation testimony, sending church information, education information, your ministry interest, and references.

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PHASE 2: ASSESSING YOUR APPLICATION

As we review your application, we’ll look at qualifications, including your…

  • Testimony. You must have a salvation experience and reflect the essential characteristics of a Christian found in Galatians 5:22-23 and Titus 1-2.
  • Citizenship. You must be a citizen of the U.S. or Canada.
  • Doctrine and Core Values. You must be committed to the baptistic distinctives and be in complete agreement with ABWE’s Doctrinal Statement, our Missionary Handbook and Policy Manual.
  • Church Membership. Your church membership is essential because ABWE’s partnership with the local church is essential to sending student interns and missionaries.

Once you have started your student application, our Mobilization team will reach out to you. After your application is complete, including a background check, one of our student mobilizers will set up a date and time to have a Skype interview.

If together we decide that ABWE is a good fit for you and your student application has been approved, we will notify you by email regarding your approval status.

PHASE 3: ACTIVATE WITH ABWE

Overseas internships can be as short as two weeks or as long as six months. We also offer customizable internship opportunities.

After you are matched with a missionary team and your application is fully approved, you will receive an official invitation to be a student intern with ABWE.

PHASE 4: DEVELOPMENT AND SUPPORT-RAISING

Upon approval and the missionary invite, our student mobilizers will send you a packet of information including financial support envelopes and account info to send to your supporters, a t-shirt, and The Missionary Call by David Sills, which is required reading to get to the field.

The host missionary will create a budget for you and our student mobilizers will provide financial support helps for you, including a sample support letter that we encourage you to send out to friends and family in order to raise your financial support.

ABWE will help you with the internship planning, including travel arrangements, immunizations and visas (if necessary), and any necessary training. You will also be required to complete our online security and child safety trainings before field departure.

PHASE 5: DEPLOY TO MISSION FIELD

You’ve finished your training requirements, built a network of financial and prayer support, and now it’s time to go where God has called you.

Never forget that you have a mighty God, a loving church, a faithful support network, and a storied missions family who have your back. We are excited to see how God uses you to reach the nations, encourage ABWE missionaries, and grow more in love with Jesus.


Upon your return, one of our student mobilizers will set up a Skype debriefing session (or in person debriefing depending on the location) with you to follow up on your internship. Our mobilizers want to use this time to celebrate what God did in and through you during your internship and counsel you through your return to America, whether that be discussing culture shock, how to tell your experience with friends, family and the local church, highs and lows from the internship, etc. They want to encourage you in what’s next, pray for you, and continue to walk alongside of you as you use your gifts and passions to benefit the kingdom of God.

Ready, Set, Go.