For thousands of years individuals have travelled to foreign countries with the intent of lifting humanity and ministering to others. While many missionaries go exclusively to share their religious beliefs, many also go to assist through charitable examples. Every year thousands of people travel around the globe to serve as missionaries on every continent. Missionaries represent any of a number of religious organizations and many serve for a period of six months to two years. Travelling as a missionary allows individuals to have the support of an organization withstructure and common beliefs. It also enables people to travel with a deep sense of purpose and compassion.