Frequently Asked Questions

What is Interserve USA?

Interserve USA is one of the 14 national councils that comprise Interserve International. Our official name is the International Service Fellowship. We are Christian professionals who use our professional skills to represent Christ in the Hindu, Buddhist, and Muslim worlds.

What are the vision and mission of Interserve?

Our vision is to see lives and communities transformed through encounter with Jesus Christ. Our mission is to serve Christ’s Church and wholistically represent Jesus where he is least known.

What are the aims of Interserve?

Making Christ Known – We are passionate about Christ, committed to discipleship, and long for the transformation of lives and communities by the power of the gospel.
Through Wholistic Service – We come alongside people in addressing physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs.
In Partnership – We are committed to cooperation with others in reaching common goals through shared vision and values.
Among the Neediest – We focus on serving the neediest peoples of Asia and the Arab world, wherever they are found.
As Co-Servants – We seek to become members of the communities in which we serve by learning the local languages and respecting and being a part of the local and national cultures.

What are Interserve’s values?

Dependence on God
Our service is rooted in God and we depend on Him in everything. Therefore, we worship and wait on Him, pray and intercede, listen and obey.

Community
God is three-in-one and has made us for community. Therefore, we make every effort to maintain unity, we invest deeply in relationships, and we care, pray for, respect and submit to one another. We are generous and flexible in attitude and behavior.

Oneness in Christ
We are one in Christ. This oneness overcomes all division, including that which arises from gender, race, social status, culture and biblical and spiritual traditions. We rejoice in God-given diversity. Women and men serve in ministry and leadership.

Partnership
God has called us to participate in his Kingdom work. Therefore, we work in a spirit of humility and interdependence. We practice participatory, local leadership. We prioritize relationships and partnership with other parts of the Body of Christ.

Integrity
Our lives are to reveal the Gospel in words and deed. Therefore, we are genuine in work, authentic in spirituality and relationships, Kingdom-focused in lifestyle.

Wholistic
God is reconciling all things through Christ. Therefore we seek  to be and to make whole-life disciples, care for creation, and intentionally bear witness to the whole character and work of God through worship, proclamation, service, and fellowship.

Servanthood
Jesus came to serve. Therefore, we joyfully serve in love and humility. We make the effort to learn local language and culture. We choose to go to hard places and to the marginalized.

Where does Interserve work?

Our Partners work in North Africa, the Middle East, and Asia in countries whose peoples are primarily Muslims, Hindus, or Buddhists. This is sometimes called the 10/40 Window because it refers to the area between 10 and 40 degrees north of the equator. We also work in other countries where there are significant groups of migrants from these areas.

Why does Interserve use the term “Partners”?

We use the term “Partners” for our workers because it reflects our practice of being Partners with the local people in work, play, housing, and almost every aspect of life. Interserve USA Partners are evangelicals who are affiliated with Interserve USA and have chosen to use their professional skills to serve wholistically the peoples of the Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist worlds.

Is Interserve USA growing?

Yes. Interserve USA has grown from about 33 Partners and short-term workers in 1986 to about 124 today. We invite men and women of all races who sense God’s call to join us in showing God’s love and communicating the Gospel.

How are Partners supported?

The largest number of our Partners are supported by the financial gifts of individuals and interested organizations. Some or our Partners earn a salary for the work they do. A few have an independent means of support.

Which professions are the easiest to place?

Medical professionals, engineers, administrators, teachers, community development workers and many other professinals can find placement. See our Service Opportunities section for both long- and short- term opportunities.

See our listing of service opportunities »

How long do Partners serve?

We encourage long-term engagement in an area of service but we are open to those who desire to serve for a shorter period of time. A typical overseas assignment is three years on the field with a four to six month ‘home assignment’ in the United States.

In addition to career service, are there opportunities for short-term service with Interserve?

Yes. A typical short term experience with Interserve will last from one month to one year and is tailored to the needs, interests and preferences of the individual(s). A service track has a broad emphasis on using one’s training and professional skills while an experience track has an emphasis on student internships, medical electives and general mission exposure.

See the section on short term service»

Are Interserve’s financial records audited regularly?

Yes. Interserve holds to the standards of, and is an active member of, the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. Interserve was one of the founding members of the Interdenominational Foreign Mission Association of North America (IFMA). In 2011, the IFMA merged with the EFMA and is now known as Missio Nexus (see http://www.missionexus.org/about-us-2/history/).

See more financial information »

What can I do to prepare myself to work overseas?

Here are three suggestions. First, read the book, “On Being a Missionary,” by Thomas Hale. It is available through the William Carey Library or though our office. Second, talk and pray about your interest about serving the Lord overseas with the leaders of your church. Having strong community support when you work overseas is vital. You will be tangibly aware of their prayers. Third, take the “Perspectives” course. It is challenging but it is very informative. There should be a course offered near you. You can check out where and when these courses are offered  online at: www.perspectives.org