In a general sense, every pastoral work is a mission. The Priest is sent by the Lord of the Vineyard to work for the harvest; he has received a mission from Christ. In a special sense, mission means the spreading of the faith in lands in which the Church represents a small minority.
"You, therefore, must go out, making disciples of all nations, and baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, teaching them to observe all the commandments which I have given you. And behold I am with you all through the days that are coming, until the consummation of the world."
( Matt 28: 19-20)
The pastoral work in such lands presents a special challenge, since the faithful live in a social environment which makes the practice of the faith perhaps even harder than in the secular west, which still lives in some measure from its Christian roots.
Currently, the members of the Servants of Jesus and Mary care for a mission station in Kazachstan. Even in this work there lies an emphasis on the education of youth: Kindergarten, School, Boarding-House, Youth groups. Only through the formation of young Christian personalities will the Church in mission lands grow in the long-term and be able to spread . Nonetheless, the order does not close its doors to other tasks and the SJM-Priests in Kazachstan work also in parishes.