Build your relationship with Christ, with others and your skills.
• Personal Evangelism: Are you actively sharing Jesus with others in your area?
• Leading Discipleship Relationships: Are you helping others to grow in their understanding and walk with Christ?
• Bible teaching experience: Do you teach adult Sunday school or other classes?
• Responsibilities in Church: Are you active in the ministries of your church, familiarizing yourself with how a church operates, and how the leadership makes decisions?
• Ministry in a Chinese context: Are you seeking out Chinese people that you can witness to and disciple now?
• Chinese Churches: Are you getting to know Chinese churches in your area?
It all starts with prayer. God has already been working in China for thousands of years, and it is his work, so lay hold on His omnipotence to work in China now.
FOR CHINA You will be praying for China during your time as a missionary, so start now. Sign up for updates from various sources. Even though we have no control over what they mention they are good sources of information.
FOR CO-WORKERS: Pray for the people that you will work with in China. As you contact various mission boards and find out about their workers in China, begin praying for them. Maybe you and I will end up being co-workers. Please pray for me too–I'm "Jerry."
FOR YOURSELF: God has much to do in your life to shape you for missions work, embrace the changes he makes in you. He is the master potter and knows best what to do to prepare you. Pray for personal growth, your finances and your ministry opportunities now, and your future. Ask God for wisdom as you make choices, and for guidance as He leads you through these days of preparation.
• Your Home Church: Is your home church behind you? It is important to have a solid base of leadership and brothers and sisters to stand behind you, to encourage you, to pray for you, to advise you and walk beside you on this journey.
• Other churches: You should have ties with other churches besides your home church. This gives you not only a broader base of encouragement and advisory support, but also helps you to broaden your prayer and financial team. This also helps you to learn to work with people other than the ones you are the most comfortable with.
• Mission agencies : Investigate many missions agencies. You will need to go out under the umbrella of one but various ones can also give you different advisary and educational sources, as well as help you connect with other missionaries on the field.
• Mentors: Good mentors, preferably someone with expienece working cross culturally, and especially with the chinese cultures is critical for good solid preperation.
• Other missionaries: Build relationship with other missionaries now. This will be a valuable resource in your preparation and while on the feild.
Missionaries are financially supported through the mission agency they are under by the finances provided by other believers. This takes faith, to trust that God will provide and move in the hearts of others to support you as you serve. Living by faith involves some very basic principles:
PRAY: Trusting God to supply your needs now and for the future. Everything starts with and is privided by God through prayer and trusting him. God is our provider and we need to look to Him; Matthew 6:9-12, 33.
SHARE: Share your vision with other brothers and sisters. Share the people, the need, and the passion that God has placed in your heart and what God has called you to do in sharing him with others.
ASK: Your brothers and sisters in Christ to join your ministry team; to come along side as prayer partners and financial partners. State two to three specific needs in which they can help.
PRAISE: Praise and thank God for what he provides, both financially as well as spiritually, emotionally and educationally. Be sure to thank the people who join your journey.
You should be learning about the Chinese culture and people from Chinese people and churches in your area. While you do that you can begin learning the Chinese language now. Here are some sources to get you started.
Pursue formal and personal education, both while preparing to go and on the field.
• Personal Reading
• Missionary Biographies, there are many good ones
• Consider this poem: Fellowship of the Unashamed
• Read books about Missions
• Read books about Chinese history and culture
• Bible College, make sure you know how to accurately devide the word and share it.
• Specialized Training: Enhance your giftings and skills, things like music, teaching, medical etc. Any skills that would enhance your communication of the Word and help in building relationships.
• Learn Chinese