MissionPREP traces its origins back to 1989 when a number of leaders of Canadian mission agencies recognized the need to form a training partnership in Canada for the preparation of new missionaries involved in cross-cultural ministry.
The training partnership was motivated by these concerns:
- Research had shown that a high percentage of missionary attrition could be prevented when new missionaries received effective pre-field training.
- Many Canadian mission agencies were dependent on their larger US counterpart for pre-field training.
- Competition between mission agencies needed to be replaced with cooperation and partnership in the area of pre-field training of missionaries.
December of 1991 saw the first 14 missionaries trained through this new partnership. In June 1994 this training partnership merged with Missionary Internship Canada. (MI Canada is an affiliate of Mission Training International in Colorado, the leader in cross-cultural training in North America.)
From 1998 - 2008 a key partnership was formed with The Intercultural Ministries (TIM) Centre of Tyndale University College and Seminary. Through these years the growth of MissionPREP exceeded all expectations. In 2003 MissionPREP provided pre-field inter-cultural training to over two hundred missionaries.
As we look back on the history and development of MissionPREP we can see God’s hand of blessing upon the vision given 20 years ago. We give God the glory and praise for all He has accomplished through MissionPREP in the past and look forward to His continued blessing in the years ahead.
Organizations We Work With
A broad range of individuals and Christian organizations have participated and have been served by MissionPREP. Some are mentioned below:
- Action International Canada
- Africa Inland Mission Canada & USA
- Canadian Baptist Ministries Canada
- Christar Canada
- Christian and Missionary Alliance Canada
- Christian Reformed World Relief Committee
- CrossWorld Canada & USA
- Eastern Mennonite Missions USA
- EFCA Reach Global
- Emmanuel International
- Evangelical Free Church of America Intl.
- Free Methodist Canada & USA
- Global Recordings Network Canada
- Greater Europe Mission Canada & USA
- Kids Alive International Canada
- Interserve Canada & USA
- Liebenzell Canada, USA & Germany
- Mennonite Church Canada
- Mission to Unreached Peoples USA
- Missionary Aviation Fellowship Canada
- Missionary Ventures Canada
- Navigators Canada
- Overseas Missionary Fellowship International
- Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada
- Pioneers Canada & USA
- Salvation Army Canada & USA
- Send International Canada & USA
- Serving in Mission Canada & USA
- The Evangelical Alliance Mission Canada & USA
- World Partners Canada & USA
- WorldVenture USA
- World Vision
- World Witness USA
- Wycliffe Bible Translators Canada