How to Connect with Your Partners

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In ALL connecting points, be sure to follow security information provided by your partners!  If you have multiple partners, follow individual security information.

Communicate with your partner family

  • Ask how you should identify them to your group
  • Learn about security needs – what you should/should not write and say about them and their work
  • Learn as much as you can about them – be interested in them
  • Ask to be put on their newsletter list and/or get info about blogs, websites, etc. and find protocol for sharing information
  • Educate members of your group to understand the need for security and the preferred means for communication
  • Learn about the IMB’s Affinity Groups and where your partners fit in with these

Praying

  • Share all updates in worship services, small groups (Sunday School, missions organizations, etc.) and if possible in publications and websites. Use caution when publishing names and locations of partners
  • Pray for personal needs of family
  • Pray for request related to work needs, relationships
  • Pray for the Believers with whom they work and those who are not believers
  • Encouragement
  • Send notes to each and all family members being very positive and encourage in all areas
  • Call/Skype them
  • Send ‘care’ packages – if possible – to their field of service
  • Remember Birthdays, anniversaries, special occasions and send messages, cards and/or gifts when possible
  • When they come home for stateside, visit them, send notes, call to check on them
  • Invite them to visit you and share with your group

Culture Information

  • Learn about the culture of their place of service –language, geography, religions, housing, transportation, what kind of work do the people do
  • Research the People Group with whom they work
  • Use resources like a) a book about World Religions b) Operation World, with prayer needs for every country
  • Find information about the country/area where they live (Lonely Planet travel books are great, online resources are also good)
  • Look for people in your community who are from the same area

When you and your partner are ready for a project/visit to their location

  • Talk with your partner(s) about what is needed and how you can help. Remember that you need to support their work and fulfill their strategy.
  • Make a travel plan and budget
  • Be sure to check on the need for visas, their cost and turn-around time
  • Decide who should go, not who wants to go
    All team members who travel, must:
  • Participate in Level A Security training (Check with Global Missions Office)
  • Watch Child Protection Video (provided by IMB)
  • Have a current Background Check
  • Completed a Volunteer Information Form

Help in planning your trip and in the trainings and orientation is available with the Global Missions Office of the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions (SBOM).

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