Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- Do I need to have completed Bible school?
It would be ideal if you did, but it is not required for Alpha Team Members. If you wanted to stay on long-term, World Outreach requires the equivalent of one year Bible school as a minimum. Nowadays there are many online or correspondence options.
- Is Alpha Mission Teams (AMT) a “year of your life” or “outward bound” kind of programme for young people?
No. It is preparation for effective life-long cross-cultural ministry among unreached people groups.
- Why two years? Why not just one year?
To be able to make disciples among a totally unreached people, you have to be able to communicate with them. Most such groups do not understand English well enough to understand the gospel. This means we have to learn their language. Experience has shown that it takes at least a year to reach sufficient fluency in a language. The team would need another year to start making disciples.
- Given the above, is two years enough?
In most cases, no. But we hope that at least some of the AMT members will decide to remain with the people long-term.
- Why can’t World Outreach International pay me a salary?
WOI personnel have always relied on the Lord’s provision through the generous gifts of donors. Not even the International Director receives a salary from the organization.
- Is AMT a Discipleship Training School (DTS)?
No. We expect applicants to be committed disciples of Jesus already. If DTS is what you are interested in, Youth With a Mission (YWAM) offers excellent such programmes all over the world.
- What about my children and their schooling?
This depends very much on the situation you are going into, your country of origin, the age of your children, and so on. There may be a suitable international school where you are going. Many missionaries elect to home school their children. WOI can give advice on this.
- Why don’t you say exactly where the teams are going, instead of just “Africa” or “South-East Asia?”
Most Least-Reached People groups are in places not well-disposed towards the gospel. Jesus said “I am sending you out like sheep surrounded by wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves” (Matthew 10:16, NET).
- I would like to focus on orphans or children’s ministry. Can I do this on an AMT?
AMT’s focus is to reach entire families, including the children. If kids are your primary focus, AMT is not for you. World Outreach has some excellent children’s ministries where you could serve. To read more, click here
- I am interested in Relief and Development efforts. Can I do this through AMT?
Alpha Team members assist the poor and needy as they come across them, and will help with relief efforts if any need comes up in their area. However, if your primary interest lies in this area, you can get involved with one of many World Outreach Humanitarian Aid projects. Check out the rest of this website, but you can start by clicking here.
- Do AMTs promote Social Justice?
World Outreach International cares deeply about issues such as poverty, sex trafficking and hunger, and has significant projects that address those kinds of problems. Alpha Team members assist the poor and needy as they come across them, but the primary focus of these teams is spreading the gospel. “The greatest social injustice in the world is that people don’t know Jesus” – Rev. David Clark, Steeple church, Dundee