A Common Mistake
The common mistake in considering a missionary salary is that if the missionary is going to a place where people live on a few dollars a day, that the missionary should be able to do the same. We wish that were true. Actually, in many places where there is desperate poverty, the cost of moving around and having effective ministry work in that area can cost more than it does here in the United States.
For example, in Mozambique, if you want to own a car and drive it (i.e. an important thing if you intend to have a significant impact on a city) you have to purchase the car at twice the cost of buying in the United States because of tariffs and import taxes, and then you would have to pay 10 to 15 dollars a gallon for gas to drive anywhere, and if it breaks (which it will more often than in the states because of the poor road conditions) you will have to pay again exaggerated prices for parts imported from South Africa.
In other words, working and making a difference in many places in the world costs more than you would expect in order to have some of the basic tools needed for the work.
The cost of serving with WorldVenture varies significantly depending on your marital status, family size, length of service and cost of living in the country where you may serve. A complete explanation of our financial policies is provided during the inquiry process.