Missions Training Program

Our missions training program (MTP) is just going into its 11th year. People of all ages from many nations coming together because somewhere deep in their hearts they know they are called to something bigger than themselves. People bringing their skills and talents and giftings and willing hearts to love and serve the poor. Maturing in faith as they put into practice the things that they believe. There is already a lot of work going on but there is much still to be done.

Service & Missions

Living and working together in fellowship and learning to serve the poor and one another in love.

“To hear of a man’s poverty is to forget it, to see it is to remember it, to have the privilege of working alongside him, digging in the dirt, is to begin to understand”

Mission work

NetWorks currently works in several areas in the County of Arad in northwest Romania. One of these is in a rural setting and two are in inner city locations and in addition we run a summer camp in the hills around 60 km from the city of Arad. Your time here may be spent working in any of those geographic areas or in a support role such as in DeCe clothing (one of our micro enterprise projects) or in administration. Some of the people you may work with will still live on the streets; others have lived on the streets and with help have managed to break that pattern of life. Some live at home in small communities; home for many is a cramped, tiny, mud house with earth floors and no water and no drainage. Each community is very different and work can be very varied and may include children’s/youth clubs, teaching, working in pre and post natal care, delivering firewood and distributing flour, digging in gardens, repairing houses, helping women learn how to crochet and sew. The list could go on…

We are also increasingly working with local churches and in a variety of settings across the country and in the last 6 years we have begun to find ourselves involved over a wider area building relationships through the Balkan region.

The key word is service and we may ask you to serve in any of these areas. If you don’t have a heart to serve and get your hands dirty, then this is not the place for you!

The aim is allowing the love of Jesus to be visible in you and through you.

Service work

Coming with the right mind-set will help you fully enjoy your time with us and will avoid you being disappointed. Please bear in mind that we work with families many of whom have been living in poverty for generations. Things this complex take time to change: you will not single-handedly change the lives of the poor, but you will be a part of something bigger than yourself.

We are a missional community dedicated to serving one another which means helping with the routine tasks and might include the not so glamorous jobs (such as cleaning toilets or dealing with routine administrative tasks or manual work).

It is really important when planning to come to understand that you will be given access into communities and relationships that have been built up steadily and patiently over many years. You will have the privilege of walking alongside our long-term team and stepping with them into these relationships.

There is an enormous amount of work to be done and whilst our hope is that you will have an impact on individual lives it is unlikely that during your time with us that you will completely change the lives of the people you are working with. We have a committed, experienced, long-term team of missionaries who have dedicated themselves to serving the people groups in these communities and over a period of years, they have begun to see real change in the lives of many. Our desire is for you to join, support, and learn from this full-time, long-term team and for you to help them to effect change in the lives of and for the benefit of the poor.

We ask that you see your role as a student, serving alongside and learning from our experienced long-term team.  Whatever form the service takes, it is the heart to serve that we are trying to encourage.

Study and prayer

We believe your time here will be significant in your spiritual growth and we want to dedicate time for you to spend in study, in prayer and in processing everything that God is teaching you. You will receive teaching from our long-term mission team and from time-to-time guest speakers. During your time here, you may also be given assignments based on the teaching and the reading material you will receive during your time with us.

Discipleship and mentoring

Jesus said he would build the church. He told us to make disciples. For us, this means learning to walk through life together in addition to bible study. During your time here, you may be given an opportunity to apply to be discipled/mentored by one of our long-term team. They will spend time with you, talking and praying and sharing life, helping you to process some of the things you will experience in Romania.

The person mentoring you may or may not be working in the same area each day. If they are, then you will get to know one another during the working day as well as outside of this time. If not, then you will have an opportunity to set aside time, to ensure that you get time together to walk and talk and pray.

Teaching

Mission is about living out a very practical faith. Working directly with the poor and serving others bring us practically face-to-face with some of Jesus’ key teachings about the poor and a servant heart, our response to them, and His Kingdom and how we are to bring this in a very real way around us in our daily lives.   The Word becomes, in a very real way, both “living and active”. Our style of teaching includes lectures, discussion groups and workshops, rooted in practical experience and constantly anchored in the Word.

Common questions

MTP 2018-2019 begins on the 17th of September and we expect students on the ground between the 14th to the 16th of September.

The missions training program lasts for 9 months.  If you feel that you cannot or do not want to commit to 9 months, there is an option for you to join the program for the first term of 3 months or for the first two terms (6 months), however places will be allocated and priority given to those who express a wish to stay for the full 9 months.

Because of the needs of the people and communities that we are working with, it would not be helpful to have a strict, fixed timetable; therefore one week could look very different from another. However, generally speaking, you should think of your time being divided up into three different areas: (i) study, prayer and teaching time (ii)service, and (iii) mission.  You will probably spend at least 4 days a week serving in one of the areas where we work. So you could find yourself photocopying, cutting grass, painting, buying flour, helping in school programs, building greenhouses, planting vegetables, in fact in any of the wide range of things we do. Your weekends will normally be free time, however this may  change depending on the area in which you are working or if we are running a camp or having a guest speaker (for example).   You will also be expected to attend a church meeting on Sundays.

Well, that depends on both you and us.  We are committed to a simple life based on faith and works.  A servant heart is very important to us.

We see the equipping for missions comprising both the time you spend serving, supporting and working alongside our experienced missionaries in the field and the study time.

You would be taught by one or more of our full-time missions team and we may from time to time bring people to teach on specialist subjects.

We want to encourage a regular routine of prayer and study.  Not because we are legalistic…but because there is some benefit in the rhythm of a disciplined life.

There is no shortage of stuff to do, and areas in which you might be able to serve and we would plan out a “works” element to your time with us.

Housing: We will provide you with accommodation in shared student housing for the duration of your stay.

Food: Student housing is self-catering, all students and volunteers staying there are responsible for purchasing and preparing their own food. We suggest a budget of around 300 Euros per month for food, accommodation and other necessities.

Currency: The Romanian currency is called Leu. It’s possible to change Sterling or Euros in Arad (not Siria), but you must ensure all notes are clean, intact and unmarked.   Current exchange rates can be found online.

Credit cards: Credit and debit cards (Mastercard, Visa, etc.) are good if you want to take cash out, and it is possible to pay by card, in some shops in Arad, but not in Siria.   There is a small charge each time you take money out depending on your bank. Ask in advance at your home branch. There are cash points in Siria.

Water: Most of our team choose to drink the water in Arad, Siria and Taut, but it is recommended that people bring a bottle to fill when out and about in community. Water pressure in the mains system goes off a lot here especially in the summer months. This can affect showers, toilets, laundry and drinking water.

Electricity: Plug sockets are the 2 pin European type.  Adapters  are necessary for UK or American plugs.

Language: Romanian. Some Romanians speak some English. The organization is English speaking.

Climate: In the summer it’s very warm (30 to 40C) bring plenty of sunblock and mosquito repellent. However at night, it can become much cooler. The winter can be very cold (-20 to -30C) so bring plenty of warm clothes and thermals.

International driving licenses are accepted here, preferably with a photo. Make sure you bring the full license, (paper bit too). If you bring your own car make sure you bring your insurance certificate, registration document and green card. NetWorks has several cars, but it would be very unusual for us to ask a short-term volunteer or missions student to drive a car.

Beth ‘s phone nr: 0040.720.247.974
NetWorks’ office phone number: 0040.257.384.010
Bible
Passport (valid for at least 9 months)
Emergency travel insurance information and EHIC card
Medications
Water bottle
Swimsuit
Clothes for working in (things you don’t mind ruining)**
And something nice to wear to church, a party,   a funeral or a wedding…
Torch
Sleeping bag (optional)
Towel
Duvet cover, sheets, pillow and pillowcase
Hygiene stuff
Sun cream/insect repellent/hot water bottle
Rain gear
Cold weather gear (e.g. warm coat,
snow boots)
Work boots
Work gloves

**sometimes people ask if they can leave the clothes they brought for working in    rule of thumb on items of clothing, shoes, etc… ask yourself – would you wear it at home? – – if not, then please don’t leave it for us.

Personal Development:

Most of the people who spend time with us serving and working with the poor find that they go home feeling that they have received much more than they have given. You will see and experience things that many people simply never get to see. You will have the privilege of glimpsing into the lives of the very poor and our long term missions staff and actually working alongside them. Here you will develop new skills, and expand on the skills you have – learning to work with people and grow in ability to communicate across many socio-economic backgrounds.

Spiritual Formation:

Because we believe that your time with us is also about your spiritual growth and development, our hope is that by joining our missions training program, you will grow in your Christian faith and become more dependent on God. You will be mentored and discipled during your time with us by one of our long-term missions team. We will provide you some bible study for your time with us. In addition, you may attend a regular cell group.

We want you to really enjoy your time with us and we want you to grow in your faith and relationship with the Lord. Reviews are an important part of this process. It is the point at which we sit together and talk more formally about how you are doing in this process. This may all sound a bit heavy, but it is based on our experience of working with good people who may have never before been exposed to the emotional and other stresses associated with working in a foreign culture and with people living in extreme poverty. We ask only that you trust us and our motives in this. Our aim is to look after you and protect you whilst you are with us.

The Missions Training Program is free; however please note that you are responsible for your accommodation, food costs, transport (e.g. buses, trams, etc) personal hygiene, entertainment, etc, so you should budget accordingly.  We suggest that you budget around 200-400 Euros per month to cover your monthly living expenses, including the costs of living in shared student accommodation. You will be sharing accommodation with other missions training students, and will be expected to contribute towards the cost of your accommodation and utilities (e.g. wood, water, and electricity).   The cost is divided by the number of students living in the house – so it will vary – but it’s usually around 80-90 Euros per month. Student housing is self-catered.   Meals will often be shared between students, but you will definitely need to contribute your fair share. Food costs, etc are about the same as you would be paying at home – just be aware that many items cost about what they would in England, Sweden or America. There may be internet access but there will be a nominal cost for that and, yes, you can bring your laptop :).

The first few days of your time here will be spent settling into your new environment, spending time team building and having introductory sessions.

A priority for us is to get to know you.  Who you are and where you are at in your walk with God.  Being real with one another is more important to us than anything else…if you are “flying” in your relationship with the Lord, then that’s great and we want to know that.  If you are struggling, then that’s OK and good for us to know.  Where you are at, is where we will seek to meet you on your walk.

During these early sessions you will hear about how the work here began and about the vision for the work amongst the poor in Romania.  We will talk a little about where we believe the work is going in the season in which you are visiting to help give you a context and setting for the things that you will see and be involved in whilst you are with us.

We will provide you with some cultural orientation and we will expect everyone to learn some basic Romanian whilst they are with us.  We strongly recommend that you access this language site – Duolingo, and practice there. That will give you a headstart in learning the language.

Prepare yourself: We recommend taking some time to prepare for what you will see and experience here, familiarise yourself with the work we do by reading more on our webpage, researching the country and the Roma and beginning to learn the language.

Immunisations: Contact your doctor before you come, if possible two months in advance. Whilst working here you may come into contact with people who have hepatitis A, B & C and Tuberculosis.

Leave-at-home-note: Leave a note with someone with our telephone number (0040.257.384.010 office).

Travel: You must arrange your own flight. You can find inexpensive flights into Budapest, Hungary or Timisoara, Romania. (Time difference: Hungary 1hr ahead of UK, Romania 2hr ahead of UK).

Transport to Siria: If you let us know in good and sufficient time we will help you to arrange a transport to Siria from the airport in Budapest or Timisoara. The driver will pick you up at the airport (sign with your name) and drive you to Siria where we make sure someone will meet you.  We would need the following information: full name, airline, flight number, and arrival time.   Transport costs will depend on type of transport, and number of persons. You can go by train, which is cheaper, but it is not recommended if you are coming for the first time as it is fairly complicated.

Visa:   For U.S. citizens this is given at the border, valid for up to 90 days. If you are travelling from other countries check the relevant website for your country for advice about travelling to Romania.   After you get here, we will help you with the proper paperwork for a longer stay.

Mobile phones: We require all our volunteers to be contactable during their time here and usually encourage students to purchase a Romanian sim card while they are here, you may wish to bring a simple disposable phone to use during your time here – or check with your current network if you can use your phone plan here.

Internet: Most of our student houses have internet, which you can use for a nominal fee, and there are lots of access points in Arad (e.g. free wireless in the mall).   We do have internet in the office, but it is available on a limited basis.

Post: Our mailing address is A.N.P NetWorks, Strada Regiment 85 Infanteriei nr 1831, Parter, Siria, Jud Arad, RO 317340.  
Note: For Americans or others outside of EU – packages will not come to the office – they will get sent to the border post in Arad – the office is only open a few days a week for a few hours – so if you don’t work in Arad, it can be difficult to pick up your packages.

How do I apply?

While we would love you to just be able to come and spend time with us, due to our own internal policies and EU and Romanian law, there is some paperwork that needs to be submitted before we can invite you to come. Please contact us if you have any questions

Required documents

Please complete the application form and return it along with your references and supporting documents electronically to missions-training@networksromania.org

Application

Please download the application, complete it electronically, save it with your name and email it to us.

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Three references

One from your pastor and two from people who are not related to you, can speak about your character and have known you for at least two years.  Please download this form and email it to your references.

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We also need:

  • Current Police check (If you have questions about this, please ask)

  • Medical insurance (emergency travel insurance, and copy of EHIC)

  • Data copy of your passport

  • Copies of school certificates or diplomas

  • Immunisations (Contact your doctor before you come here, if possible two months in advance. Whilst working here you may come into contact with people who have hepatitis A, B & C and Tuberculosis.