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Serving With TWR
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I learn more about missions and missions training?
The TWR mobilizers/recruiters are eager to talk with you about missions and missions opportunities. Give us a call or get in touch — we would love to chat!
Is TWR non- or interdenominational?
Yes. Our international network includes well-known partners from various denominations all over the world. 
What is your position on women in missions?
TWR hires and promotes personnel based on their qualifications and core competencies, without regard to gender.
Do you hire divorced individuals?

Where all other selection requirements are met and in the light of Scripture, we do consider the hiring of divorced persons. There are, however, several considerations regarding the circumstances of the divorce in question, so we encourage you to discuss your situation with us directly. 

Do you host group or team mission projects?
TWR occasionally has short-term group/team opportunities but they are not directly evangelistic in nature. Teams will often work on construction or maintenance projects or specific ministry projects.
What is the role of a sending agency in the EU/EFTA/UK missionary process?
For missionaries (those serving in support-raised roles), we work closely with sending agencies throughout Europe and the Middle East to look for the best solutions to support our missionaries together.
What is TWR's relationship with the local sending church?
For missionaries (those serving in support-raised roles), we partner closely with your sending church (if applicable) through the application process, the training and preparation phase and on-going missionary care and furlough planning.
How can I educate my children on the mission field, and who pays for it?
TWR staff can educate their children in whatever fashion they choose as long as it is acceptable in the country of service (e.g., home schooling is not legal in the Netherlands).
For an overseas missionaries (not direct hire), the bulk of approved education costs are paid by TWR from funds that missionaries raise as part of their support requirement.
If I am a missionary, is my paycheck based on the money that comes in each month?
We pay our missionaries a stable salary month after month, much like our direct hire roles, regardless of what has come in for that missionary. However, support levels are closely monitored and missionaries are required to maintain their full support through regular communication with their supporters.
How are missionary prayer letters handled?
[Missionary Roles Only]
For missionaries sent from the US, each missionary is required to write one prayer letter every quarter. The letter is proofed and approved by TWR, then printed and mailed for you by our team. While this is the 
minimum communication requirement, the most successful missionaries are in regular touch with their support team.
Missionaries from the EU, EFTA, UK, or the Middle East do not need letters proofed or approved.
How many vacation days do you typically offer?
Vacation time varies depending on your role within our ministry. 
For missionaries from the US, for example, overseas missionaries receive 22 vacation days each year in addition to any local holidays while US-based roles receive sick, personal, and vacation time based on office policy.
For missionaries from the EU, EFTA, UK, or CAMENA, this depends on your sending agency’s policies.
If I am a missionary, how often can I take a furlough to reconnect with supporters?
[Missionary Roles Only]
The standard term of service is a three-year term followed by a furlough of four months. Other term/furlough options are available for families with children in regional/local schools or for missionaries for whom Totalization Agreement regulations for the country of service apply. These will be considered on a needs-basis.
Do I have to raise support (develop a team of sponsors) to serve with TWR?
The majority of TWR’s openings are supported, missionary roles, requiring that you raise financial support to cover your salary, benefits, furlough, travel, etc. Occasionally we have a salaried position (direct hire) that comes open, but that is more rare.
Why do I need to raise support (find sponsors)?
TWR relies upon the generous donations of God’s people to provide for God’s work, and any revenue we generate is poured back into the ministry to assist in the generation of more Christian media content.
For missionary roles, we believe that the building of a partnership team in ministry is one of the biggest assets the missionary has in your service for the Lord. The financial support is a requirement, but the prayer support and encouragement of other believers is a blessing!
I have a retirement pension and want to serve. Do I still have to raise support?
In such cases, you can serve as a self-supported volunteer or we can explore a combination of support raising and self-support.
How much support do missionaries have to raise and how is it determined?
This amount varies widely on where you serve, the size of your family (if applicable) and the nature of your role. The rate is set each year to provide you with a reasonable salary and to cover expenses that will be incurred by you and by TWR on your behalf. 
As a missionary, how much of the support I raise is included in my salary/income?
[Missionary Roles Only]
For missionaries from the US, most missionaries receive approximately 50-60% of their total support as income depending on your deduction elections.
For those serving overseas, the remaining balance goes toward housing, insurance, taxes, furlough and emergency travel, and children’s education. If you serve in the US, the balance goes toward paying your benefits and taxes.
For missionaries from the EU, EFTA, UK, or the Middle East, these factors depend on the country where you serve and will be done in consultation with our Sending Agency of your country of origin.
Can I receive additional support if I have an emergency or need a major item replaced?
US missionaries serving overseas receive additional funds each month to cover unforeseen events, while US missionaries serving stateside plan and save for the unexpected from their salary.
For missionaries from the EU, EFTA, UK, or CAMENA, this is determined by your sending agency.
Does TWR have an administrative fee for missionary roles?
For missionaries from the US, there is a 5% administrative fee. For missionaries from the EU, EFTA, UK, or CAMENA, this varies depending on the sending organization.
What percent do I need to raise before I can leave for the mission field?
[Missionary Roles Only]
You will need to reach 100% of your support goal before you can depart for the mission field.
How long does the application process take?
This can vary widely as we receive references and set up a time for interviews and evaluations. To speed the process along, applicants are encouraged to check with the Mobilization team each week to see what forms or references may be missing.
Can I apply with credit card or student debt?

You can apply at any time with any amount of debt. However, you cannot start your missionary role with TWR until you have no unsecured debt (like credit card debt) and/or up to $10,000 in student debt. We do not count secured debt (like a house or car that you can sell to clear the debt). 

If you have student debt, this organization can partner with you to find a solution (not sponsored by TWR).

Do you provide medical and life insurance?
For missionaries from the US, TWR offers its full-time missionary staff a comprehensive medical benefits plan that covers both domestic and international medical needs.
For missionaries from the EU, EFTA, UK, or CAMENA, the depends on your personal and country situation.
Does my spouse also have to serve full time with TWR?
For missionaries from the US, spouses assigned overseas are given the freedom to choose how much of their time they want to devote to TWR. Depending on work-permit restrictions and the way that support is set up, some overseas missionary spouses choose to volunteer, teach home school, or work as a homemaker.
US-based missionary spouses have the ability since funding is set up differently, to look for employment outside of TWR, though TWR is often made priority.
For missionaries sent from Europe, it depends on your situation and the country you will serve in.
We are happy to discuss your situation personally!
Does my spouse have to complete an application if he or she is not going to work for TWR?
For overseas missionaries from the US, we believe that the decision to become a missionary family requires a commitment on the part of the entire family — both in partnership development and in building a life in a new culture — so we require both husband and wife to complete the full missionary application process together.
For missionaries from the EU, EFTA, UK, or CAMENA, the depends on your situation and the country you will serve in.
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