Behind-the-scenes missionaries may be able to see the work on the field and to meet the national missionaries they are helping to equip, but they do not serve long term in Asia.
The function of the Mission Support Team is that of a remote support team, connecting ministry sponsors across the globe with the hands-on work happening in Asia. As such, their roles do not typically send them to serve in Asia.
The amount of financial support each behind-the-scenes missionary is required to raise is determined on a case-by-case basis. The Mission Support Team is encouraged to live a simple, economic lifestyle to enable as many resources as possible to go to the work in Asia. At the same time, GFA desires to ensure behind-the-scenes missionaries have the resources they need to adequately care for themselves and their families.
Typically, Mission Support Team members serving in administrative offices receive $1,600–$3,500 per month. Their monthly income can vary based on considerations like size of family, health issues and local living expenses not by skill level, age or ministry position.
Since GFA’s formation in 1979, behind-the-scenes missionaries have raised financial support to help GFA offset personnel-related ministry costs. That enables GFA to focus on meeting needs on the field. However, that process takes a large amount of time and effort. Many behind-the-scenes missionaries have not been able to raise 100 percent of their support goal.
Your decision to partner with one or more members of the Mission Support Team will enable them to spend more time focusing on their specific ministry roles instead of on fundraising. You will also enable GFA to direct more resources toward on-the-ground ministry in Asia.
Your one-time or monthly gift of support to GFA for behind-the-scenes missionaries is used to help GFA collectively pay for a variety of general personnel costs related to the Mission Support Team, such as salary and medical insurance premiums. As your donation for a behind-the-scenes missionary is processed, it is applied toward that individual’s support goal but does not pass directly to the individual. This is in keeping with IRS guidelines regarding tax-deductible donations.
Some people choose to sponsor a behind-the-scenes missionary for more or less than the standard pledge amount of $50. If you wish to do that, please call us at 1-800-946-2742, and we will gladly help you set up your desired pledge amount.
Each behind-the-scenes missionary must meet the minimum requirements of being a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, agreeing with our Statement of Faith and having been a believer in Jesus for at least three years.
No. The ages of behind-the-scenes missionaries range from 18 to 80+, from high school graduates to retirees.
While skilled personnel are greatly needed in GFA’s administrative offices, members of the Mission Support Team are not required to hold experience in any specific skill set.
Ultimately, GFA looks for people with a heart to serve in whatever capacity necessary, a love for God and His children, humility and a desire to see lives transformed in Asia.