has god called you to a career in cross-cultural missions?

Our Missions Apprenticeship Program is a brand new, year-long apprenticeship in disciple-making among an unreached people group in the 10/40 window. This real-world, hands-on apprenticeship will equip you with reproducible skills in language acquisition, evangelism, and discipleship under the leadership of long-term church planters.  If you know God is calling you to a career in cross-cultural missions, then this apprenticeship could be the perfect next step for you. 

The apprenticeship will move beyond the “What is it?” and “Why do it?” questions of the 3-month program and get at some of the “how” questions. How do you effectively evangelize and disciple? How can you be involved in planting gospel-centered multiplying churches? How do you live overseas long-term?


Southeast Asia

January 2020

Application Deadline: August 2, 2019

Questions for Students

Where do you go?

For security reasons we can’t tell you the countries where we are located until you are committed to a team and have begun the prefield mentoring process, approximately 3 months prior to your departure. However, we can tell you that we are currently only offering this program at our base in Southeast Asia.

How Much Does It Cost?

Teams will raise a total of $18,000 or roughly $1,800 a month for 10 months. These funds cover everything from airplane tickets and insurance to housing and meals. Since most missions organizations use a process called support raising to fund their mission effort, we train you how to do that. Our staff will teach you how to raise a support team and mentor you through the support raising process.

How Many People Will Go?

We currently take a maximum of 6 people at a time for this program.

Who will be overseas with us?

Our Missions Apprenticeship Program has a fulltime missionary team that lives and works in SEA. Their job is two fold: 1) evangelism, discipleship, and leadership development among local peoples, 2) mentoring you as an apprentice as you participate alongside them. We also work with multi-national missionaries, cross-cultural professors, and national believers who will spend time getting to know you and your heart for the nations.

Can I receive college credit for the program?

Not yet.

What does a typical day look like overseas?

The Missions Apprenticeship Program is designed to be extremely practical in order to give you a glimpse into life in full-time missions work. While no two days will be the same, your days will be divided between language and culture training, participating alongside our team in our ministry platform, and independent time to live and engage with local people and culture. The training curriculum is also done at your own pace as you work through daily materials in preparation for a weekly team roundup and missions workshop. Throughout your training, there will be various team projects as well as travel opportunities that will assist the missions team in their long-term goals.

Can married couples go together?

Yes, we encourage married couples who have been married for at least one year. If you are married, you will have housing together overseas.

Can couples with children participate?

We will evaluate this on a case-to-case basis. While it would not be impossible for a family to participate in this program, it would come with more difficulties than those without children. We will evaluate based on number of children, age and health of children, and parent’s previous cross-cultural experience.

Can my boyfriend, girlfriend, or fiance go at the same time?

No. For a variety of reasons this would not be allowed.

When should I begin my application?

We strongly recommend that you begin your application at least 6 months before the start of the program. Applying does not lock you into to the program, but simply connects you to a staff member to begin your process.

Is there an application fee?

No, there is no fee to apply for this apprenticeship.

How will I know if my applcation is accepted?

You will be contacted by one of our staff members as soon as the screening process (personal and parent interviews) has been completed to let you know if you have been accepted to our program.

What happens after I begin my application?

After you are contacted by one of our staff, they will talk with you about your application, connect with your parents, pastor, and other people of influence in your life, and mentor you through the process of going overseas.

Is it safe?

Cafe 1040 operates in countries that constitutionally allow for the practice of religious freedom. They are allies of the United States and are visited by U.S. Tourists. Further, because we are an experiential and training ministry and not a missions sending organization, part of your experience will be to learn how the gospel can be taken into risky and sometimes dangerous areas. Part of your training will also include best methods for flight and evacuation in case a situation should arise. Should you become sick or injured, you are covered by an individual overseas travel insurance plan. This plan is part of the overall cost for attending the Missions Apprenticeship Program, and will cover medical expenses while overseas, as well as emergency medical evacuation if necessary.


Questions for Parents

When will I know which country my child is going to?

Once your child has completed the screening process, they will be made aware of the country name. For security reasons, we ask that once you know the country name, you only let your immediate family members know.

What happens if my child gets sick?

Should your child become sick or injured, he or she is covered by an individual overseas travel insurance plan. This plan is part of the overall cost for participating in the program and will cover medical expenses while overseas, as well as emergency medical evacuation if necessary.

Who will mentor my child overseas?

Faculty may include nationals from the host country, U.S. seminary graduates, pastors, or multi-national missionaries. An experienced staff of cross-cultural professionals and/or adventurers will conduct field training.

Will my child be safe?

Our bases are located within countries that constitutionally allow for the practice of religious freedoms. They are allies of the United States and are visited by U.S. Tourists. While taking the gospel into closed countries is risky and sometimes dangerous, part of a student’s training will include best methods for flight evacuation in case a situation should arise.

How will my child keep in contact with me?

During the year overseas, your child is required to contact their supporters and friends and family monthly. They will do this by sending out ministry updates of their time overseas. They will have limited access to phones, but will not always be immediately available. If a family emergency arises and you have to contact your child, you will need to contact Cafe 1040, and we will notify our overseas staff that your child needs to contact you as soon as possible.