Humanitarian Services

“The Lord’s way to help those in temporal need requires people who out of love have consecrated themselves and what they have to God and to His work.”

(Henry B. Eyring, “Opportunities to Do Good,” April 2011 general conference)


Church welfare missionaries working on a humanitarian project with a local community resource.

Full-Time Welfare Missionary Service

Full-time welfare missionaries fill a variety of welfare assignments in coordination with their mission president and the local or area Welfare Department representative. Missionaries are often sent to developing countries, so being in good health and having adequate financial resources is important. Missionaries can expect housing, with furnishings, to be provided. The quality of the housing will be as good as possible for what is available in that location. Current passports for those with international assignments will be necessary.

Assignments filled by a full-time welfare missionary might include:

  • Providing support for Humanitarian Services’ major projects under the direction of a technical specialist.
  • Developing relationships with leaders in government, community, and charity organizations—determining local critical needs and where to locate resources to meet those needs.
  • Working together with other organizations to assist in developing local humanitarian projects.
  • Coordinating and facilitating meetings for the LDS Family Services Addiction Recovery Program.
  • Training local leaders in welfare principles and fast-offering support.
  • Providing leadership in local wards or branches. 

Part-Time Welfare Missionary Service

Senior service missionaries called to support Humanitarian Services live at home and serve between 8 to 32 hours per week. Some assignments run for one or two weeks and may involve international travel, which requires a current passport. Often, one partner in a missionary companionship will possess a specific technical skill while the other contributes to the program in a complementary assignment.

Individuals with the necessary education and expertise serve as technical specialists for major projects, such as wheelchairs, clean water, food initiatives, vision care, maternal and newborn care, and immunizations. There is a growing need for senior service missionaries with experience in international public health and project management.




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Humanitarian Welfare Missionaries in Romania

Humanitarian Welfare Missionaries in Egypt

Humanitarian Welfare Missionaries in the Tbilisi Georgia Mission