"I don't know what to ask when I interview a missionary!"

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Interview assignment for world missions classes

Need to interview a veteran missionary, but you don't know what to ask? Explore these areas.

  1. Biographical data: dates and places of missionary service, formal education, family, other pertinent background.
  2. What in your childhood prepared you for missionary service?
  3. How did you receive your missionary call?
  4. Were family/friends supportive?
  5. Who or what was most helpful in preparation times (book or person)?
  6. If the clock could be turned back, what changes (if any) would you want to make in your own personal preparation for service?
  7. Misconceptions which had to be overcome
  8. What do you perceive are your strengths in ministry
  9. What you see as your weak points in ministry
  10. What part of missionary work do you enjoy most or find the most rewarding?
  11. What parts of your cross-cultural service would you like a chance to do differently?
  12. A humorous incident involving either the target language or culture?
  13. Most embarrassing or humiliating moment in cross-cultural contact?
  14. Greatest disappointment or disillusionment?
  15. Most treasured memory?
  16. Specific ways life has been richer because of cross-cultural service?
  17. Favorite scripture passage that relates to experience?
  18. Your own missionary hero or model?
  19. Are there specific people in the target culture who have had a significant impact on you? If so, who and in what ways?
  20. Advice you would give to people headed for cross-cultural service?

Your report can be written up as:

  1. A transcript of questions and answers
  2. A newspaper or magazine article
  3. Some personal reflections triggered by what was said in the interview

Before handing in your paper, check out the humorous writing checklist.

    -- Howard Culbertson

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Introduction to World Missions resources:     10/40 Window explanation and map nbsp;   Apple pickers parable     How to avoid becoming a missionary     Creative Access areas     Borden: "No regrets"     Gospel-ready countries    Missions promotion    Missions slogans     Missions statistics    My church    Hearing God'scall    Sign the pledge     How the world would look as one village    African martyr's commitment    Mission trip fundraising   Ten ways to ruin mission trips