Serving mission workers


Advising people interested in overseas service
There is a process involved when considering overseas mission service and preparation required before serving overseas. Having had overseas mission experience and engaged with mission workers throughout the world, Echoes directors are well equiped and more than willing to give guidance and advice on these issues.



Preparation for service
At Echoes we have developed a process for commending UK workers abroad. After discussing your interest in mission work with your local church leadership, the Directors and Trustees work together with prospective workers and their church leadership to consider the available avenues for service and advise on the process. In preparing for service there are many issues to think through. We want to support prospective workers as they seek God's will, look into opportunities, and develop a pathway for going overseas.

Practical preparation for cross-cultural service
Preparation for service means supporting individuals and the local church. Echoes are able to assist by assessing the suitability of potential workers and walking through a process which helps to clarify the gifting, location of service, timing and steps which need to be taken before a new worker goes overseas. Practically we support the individual in providing advice on training and preparation for service, sponsoring a pre-field medical and psychological assessment, writing letters for the support of visas where necessary, giving guidance on insurance and finance while affirming the person for service in partnership with their local church. A key aspect of preparation is the annual Mission Orientation Programme held in Motherwell, Scotland.


Mission Orientation Programme
In February of each year Echoes and GLO partner to host a week-long Missions Orientation Programme (MOP). This 7-day intensive course held at Tilsley College, Motherwell is aimed at helping prepare those who are considering overseas mission service.

The course is strongly recommended by Echoes trustees who encourage those considering an association with Echoes in short or long-term service to attend. Echoes therefore are prepared to sponsor attendance and agree to cover the cost of the training course plus food and accommodation. The only requirement is that you cover the cost of travel to and from Motherwell.

For more information on this programme, please contact


While serving
The Trustees and Directors place a high value on pastoral care. We make it a priority to support workers in practical matters as well as personal care. While workers are overseas we can advise on National Insurance Contributions, health cover and pension schemes, regularly transmit funds received for your support and advise on other needs which may arise. Often workers find it useful to discuss ministry matters, future plans, educational issues and strategic plans with the Trustees who are very happy to engage in dialogue to support the workers. As often as time permits, the Trustees also aim to make overseas visits to encourage workers in their area of service.


Returning home
Whether on home leave or resettling in the UK, the Echoes Trustees will meet with workers to facilitate a debrief and assess the last period of service. This is a helpful time to process the time spent overseas and give an update on the work. In addition we support commending churches by helping provide practical tools which may be helpful in effectively supporting your mission worker as they are in the UK.



Useful Information and Web-Links

UK (United Kingdom)

Brass Tacks
17 Osborne Avenue
CH45 1JD
Tel: 0151 630 1182
Mobile: 0794 1443698


Gospel Literature Outreach
78 Muir Street
Tel/Fax: 01698 263483/253942


Harvest Fields
1 Shannaghmore Park
BT66 7PT
Tel/Fax: 028 3834 9588/3832 5717


Challenge House
29 Canal Street
G4 0AD
Tel/Fax: 0141 332 3040/332 3042


Medical Missionary News
Unit 1
Victory Close
Fulmar Way
Wickford Business Park
SS11 8YW
Tel/Fax: 01268 765266/764016





P.O. Box 565
Mount Gravatt
Queensland 4122
Tel/Fax: 61 7 3219 1800/3216 8399


CMML, Inc.
P.O. Box 13
Spring Lake, NJ 07762-0013
Tel/Fax: 1 732 449 8880/974 0888






Missionaries' Children's Fund
124 Wells Road
Tel/Fax: 01225 310893/480134


OPAL Trust Ltd
1 Glenannan Park
DG11 2FA
Tel/Fax: 01576 203670/203670


Retired Missionary Aid Fund
64 Callow Hill Road
B48 7LR
Tel: 0121 445 2378
Mobile: 0780 1188636


Women's Missionary Fellowship
Central Distribution Centre
Onslow Road Gospel Hall
Vincent Road
Tel: 01582 580050
















Global Connections in Mission
P.O. Box 744
Palmerston North
New Zealand 4440
Tel/Fax: 64 6 357 8388/357 5193


MSC Canada
101 Amber Street, Suite 16
L3R 3B2
Tel/Fax: 1 905 947 0468/947 0352



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