As parents ourselves, we are aware of the love, time, energy and resources you have invested into the lives of your children. With that in mind, we want each and every parent to understand, we do not take for granted that Engage students are your children! That being said, we want you to know Engage is designed first and foremost with the health and safety of your son or daughter in mind, including:
Education – all students involved are working on a college or ministry degree. Engage, students have the opportunity to pursue fully accredited education of their choice!
Experience – your child lives missions, not just watches from the sidelines. They are imursed in a cross-cultural setting.
Discipleship – we want to help your child become more of a Christ follower.
Safety – because we recognize Engage students are your children, we take every step in our power to assure their safety. We take very seriously the health and well-being of your child.
Thank you again for entrusting Engage with your son or daughter. We believe their experience will be a life-changing one. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com
Questions that parents might ask when their son/daughter has a desire to do an Engage program:
1. Where will a student be lodging?
This will depend on the site but usually students will stay in a rented apartment or house with other Engage students and possibly a Missionary Associate Engage Leader. The Missionary Site Director will live in relatively close proximity to the students, as well.
2. Will there be a local person staying with students in an intern or house parent capacity so they can learn the local culture and locations of places where they will be spending time?
This will also depend on the site. Usually no, but at some sites Engage students will live in close proximity to students from the national church. However, either way, they will have plenty of opportunity to learn language and culture.
3. What is the financial situation for the household, meals, etc?
Usually, food for meals is purchased by the Missionary Site Director out of the students’ Engage funds that have been given. This is usually done as a group, with some meals prepared for students as a large group setting, and others set up for students to prepare themselves. Rent money is administered by the Assemblies of God and the Site Directors, directly from the students’ funds that have been sent in. In general, Engage Site Directors handle most of the administration of funds for the students. Occasionally, some cash from the student’s funds will be given directly to the student while on site to cover transportation, cell phone, and misc. expenses.
4. What type of volunteer jobs will they be involved in?
Engage Students are involved in a wide variety of ministry opportunities from children’s and youth mentorship and discipleship, community outreach, feeding programs, preaching and teaching to primarily children and youth but also adults, teaching English, leading missions trip teams from the U.S., human videos, leading worship, college campus ministry, traveling the country to minister to and through local churches, helping to plant churches, and working in orphanages, are just some examples.
5. Will the onsite missionary be available/close in case of an emergency?
Yes, the missionary will have a VOIP phone available in case of emergency and will keep close supervision on all students. International cell phones coverage is also available when out traveling. Once a student is acceptance to a site, this information can be passed on to students and parents through the Site Director.
6. Is there a clear book of guidelines, rules, expectations, timelines of payments etc.
Yes, an Engage Student Handbook will be given to each student once they are approved. They will also recieve information on payments, a donation letter template and information on raising funds.
7. What will be the transportation arrangements for getting to ministry/volunteer sites (walking, public transportation etc)?Students will be expected to walk and use public transportation such as taxis and buses when appropriate and safe. Additionally, ministry vehicles are available for certain situations and opportunities.
8. What type of education does Engage offer?
Engage students enroll in any college or university of their choice that offers online/distance education while serving with Engage. They must maintain a class load of 9-15 credits (unless special permission is granted). Time is structured into weekly schedules at each Engage site to ensure proper attention is given to studies. For more information on education go to Education. Additionally, Engage sites include ministry training, language courses, missiolocial training by missionaries and national leaders, group reading assignments and writing projects, and small group studies and discussions.
9. What can we do as parents/family to assist our student in their “re-entry” into “regular” life when they return home?
As a parent you can listen, listen, listen; and affirm the work God has done in the student’s heart. As students come home, usually, all they want to talk about is what happened on the field. It can be discouraging to them when nobody is there to listen and affirm. Additionally, patiently encourage them to transition into the next step of God’s plan for their life and see the opportunities to be used by God on a daily basis back in the United States. Also, they might feel left out of things back home if they have been gone for awhile, so make extra effort to see they get back in the swing of family, friends and church life.