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Is Mission Work strictly available for Christians?

I'm interested in doing 'mission' work but I don't feel the need to be attached to any particular religion to be able to do it.

I mean I'd like to go to a less-than-fortunate country and help build a school, help them with basic nessesities, teach the children to read etc.

Anyone have any ideas or sources of information for this sort of thing?

Update:

Is the Peace Corps strictly available to Americans or anyone?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Try the Peace Corps. You're talking about humanitarian aid, that's not mission work. Mission work involves trying to convert the people to Christianity through humanitarian aid, that's different.

    Source(s): www.peacecorps.org, I think
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  • 1 decade ago

    There's always the Peace Corps. The primary inspiration for Christian missionary activity has always been evangelization, a naive fantasy about lost savages hungering to hear the word of God. The actual experience taught missionaries otherwise and they had to make some unexpected distinctions between sharing their faith, imposing their culture and dealing with basic problems they hadn't anticipated (like food, water, shelter and sanitation). Many of them became very aware of the admonition in James that people are more disposed to hear the word if they are less concerned about simply surviving. The do-gooder aspect of missionary activity grew out of this perception. Respect for missioners is often related to the proportion of their activities related to practical help over mere preaching. The best evangelization tool turns out to be action rather than talk.

    Some Christian missioners are primarily engaged in creating public infrastructure and solving problems. (Maryknoll comes to mind.) But there will always be some religious element in such organizations. If you want your work to be entirely secular, the Peace Corps is a good choice.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Look into the peace corps. Also, many organizations fund groups that go to other countries and provide medical care. Check with your local hospitals.

    "Missions" comes from the work missionary, applied to religious work.

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  • nick s
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    most individuals don't have the means or funds to pay for the expense of travel and living expences. with God all things are possible, though. if you know this is what you are called to do the doors will open to make it possible. you may want to start on a smaller scale than a travel mission. there are people who need to see God's love through other peoples actions. God bless.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Anyone can do "mission work".

    I'm an Atheist and I do "mission work" all the time.

    I volunteer my time and money to those who have fallen on hard times.

    I rock the sick babies at the hospitals

    I foster children

    I talk to and help unwed mothers.

    Helping people has nothing to do with religion.

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  • Ranto
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Why not join the Peace Corps instead?

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  • 1 decade ago

    Assalamualaikum (Peace be upon you)

    No absolutely not, there are countless Muslim organisations who do mission work eg http://www.africamuslimsagency.co.za/

    http://www.islamic-relief.com/

    http://www.giftofthegivers.org/

    http://www.sanzaf.org.za/

    For in Islam charity is compulsory upon us Muslims

    http://www.jannah.org/articles/ - article entitled "Charity- the Upper Hand"

    Peace be upon you

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    try the peace corps... but they end up doing more harm that good most times...or, just go and live among them... if you have something to contribute do so...

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  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    There are doctors without borders.

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