Why TIM?


God's calling on your life


daily missionary living


a burden for spiritually lost people




a new perspective about missions

The TIM Mindset

We view TIM as on-the-job training. You'll observe missions in action and receive mentoring from experienced missionaries. You're not coming as a tourist, but to work hard and serve selflessly! We expect you to be wholeheartedly devoted to Jesus Christ.

Ministries could include music, secretarial, IT, construction, maintenance, camp, Bible institute, youth programs, VBS, evangelism, teaching MKs, and more.

As you desire to serve, learn, grow and be stretched, you can count on the faithfulness of the Lord who said, "...lo I am with you always, even unto the end of the world." With this spirit, your TIM experience will be fruitful, rewarding and meaningful!
This experience takes what you may already know about cross-cultural ministries and fleshes it out in tangible, everyday situations through the heart and hands. It authenticates your responsibility in missions back home; amplifies the realities of cross-cultural ministry; provides occasions to visit new missionaries, meet national believers, and be immersed in a new culture; equips you to pray for specific needs in missions; exposes your own cultural biases and misconceptions; places you outside of your comfort zone; allows you to encourage missionaries by your presence and participation; and offers hands-on involvement in evangelism and Gospel growth. It may very well spark the desire to return to the mission field and serve full-time.​

TIM Opportunities

The TIM Internship Program provides life-changing experiences through authentic Great Commission living and ministry. You’ll be exposed to the challenges of serving Christ where language, people, culture, food, and values are totally new to you.

   Choose any time frame—come for two weeks or two years

   Be stationary or mobile—stay on one field or visit all three

  Fulfill college degree requirements

   Engage with missionaries and local believers in church planting, camping ministry and leadership training

   Develop your Spanish language skills

   Build life-long relationships with missionaries and locals

Before visiting Chile with GMSA, I was part of short-term teams to both Costa Rica and Guatemala. The first time that I travelled overseas, I was in high school and just beginning to explore the possibility of full-time cross-cultural ministry. Growing up in small town Ontario, I wondered how I would handle learning a second language or adapting to another culture. However, as I began to learn Spanish and feel more confident navigating bus stations and open-air markets, God used these short-term experiences to reconfirm His leading into full-time missions.

A short-term work trip to Chile in March 2016 was my introduction to the ministry of Gospel Mission of South America, and I returned to serve as summer camp nurse in the south. God continued to open doors to serve in Chile, and I later spent six months serving in children’s ministry in a GMSA church plant in the northern Atacama Desert. My short-term experiences gave me an invaluable introduction to the Spanish language and the Chilean culture, but they also gave me a front row seat to see the way that God is at work in the countries of Latin America.

TIM Costs

You will need to purchase a round-trip ticket to your destination. You will also need to raise monthly support to cover room & board and travel within your host country. Additional funds will be necessary for international travel should you visit other GMSA fields, and for personal spending money.

How do I apply?

Step 1

Preliminary Questionnaire

Begin by filling out the questionnaire to let us know you're interested in full-time missions. We will contact you shortly! CLICK HERE

Step 2

TIM Application

Once we approve your questionnaire, we will send you a link to the application.

Step 3


Upon acceptance, we will coordinate your TIM placement with field leadership and you'll be on your way to purchasing your ticket.

Step 4

Final Preparation

Pray and share your plans with your family, friends, and especially your home church!

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