Serving as a Short Term Missionary (STM)
What is it like to serve as a Short Term Missionary?
This is a unique opportunity to let God use your time, your hands and your heart to make an eternal difference in the life of a child, teen or adult with a disability.
You’ll be paired with a disabled child or adult, to assist them throughout the week. It’s your job to simply be a friend, giving the gift of your time and love. STMs eat meals with their assigned family and join with them in most program activities. Together, you’ll enjoy a wide variety of Family Retreat activities – from swimming, boating, and water-skiing, to horseback riding, hiking, zip lines and climbing walls.
During the day you'll provide service and leadership to the children and youth, allowing moms and dads to attend seminars, hear biblical teaching, and enjoy time together as a couple. You'll have free time in the afternoon. Then, you'll join back up with your family for evening events. Through the simplicity of your service, you'll have the opportunity to build relationships where you can share the gospel, helping others find hope in Jesus.
No previous experience with disability? No problem. Every STM is fully trained before Family Retreat begins – there’s nothing to fear!
STM Requirements & Training
Family Retreat STMs must be at least 17 years old. They are committed Christians with a desire to serve families affected by disability. They are flexible team players who are able to offer friendship, support, and general assistance to help families get the most out of their week. STMs must be able to serve the entire length of the retreat and attend training prior to the retreat. (If you are under 17, check with your Retreat Director for other service opportunities.)
STMs do not provide personal or medical care. Families that need this type of care bring their own personal attendant or nurse.
Onsite training occurs before the families are due to arrive. This builds a team atmosphere and helps STMs understand their specific roles. Ongoing support from experienced leaders is available throughout the retreat.
We recommend applying as early as possible. STM applications are accepted until all STM positions are filled for the retreat, or up to two weeks before the retreat begins.
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The cost to be a STM varies from retreat to retreat. Please contact the Retreat Director for specific pricing for your retreat. The cost includes five nights of lodging, fourteen meals, training materials, on-site training, site fees and program options.
Although some STMs pay their way personally, many raise financial support. Many STMs find that their own church is willing to support them through their missions, local outreach, or disability ministry programs. STMs often send letters to friends and relatives explaining what they are doing and giving them the opportunity to support the ministry by helping financially. Whichever approach you choose, we'll give you the tools you need to help with raising support.
Are there any other volunteer opportunities at Family Retreats?
Other volunteer opportunities are available at each Family Retreat. These include assisting with art, recreation, music, and the children, youth, or teen programs. Opportunities vary by retreat. For more information, contact the Retreat Director.