Continuing on with last week’s story from my trip to Nicaragua, I thought I would continue with the theme of mission trips. The concept of a mission trip seems really perfect right? Getting to travel, meet incredible people, experience a new culture, grow in your faith, and most importantly, share God with others?
Sounds like a win all around right? Well, those are all accurate, but it still doesn’t come without its challenges!
I’ve been on 3 mission trips now. The first one to Trinidad when I was 13, Detroit, Michigan when I was 16, and Nicaragua when I was also 16. All very different trips, with very different experiences. The goals of each trip were very different, which gave me great experience in seeing how everyone has different spiritual gifts, and there are so many ways that we can serve God.
As self glorifying as these trips can be, they are definitely something that God calls us to do as Christians. He says in Matthew 28:19-20 “therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the holy spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
I find it really cool that God flat out tells us to go out into the world and tell people about God. His love is such an incredible thing we’ve been blessed with, so why not share it with those who may not know?
When I was 13 and headed on my first mission trip, I had this expectation that it would be very glamorous. My friends and I would head down to Trinidad and bless the kids we spent the week with, and we would leave feeling all happy and great because we did our Christian duty and blessed people with the word of God. While that was true, something bigger happened on all 3 trips. While that was the intention, I often left with quite a different feeling. It wasn’t about what I had done for them, but what they had taught me.
So yes, the goal of mission trips is to go and bless people who may not have a lot, but I can almost guarantee you’ll leaving feeling blessed as well.
I love that you can find a mission trip that focuses on any number of spiritual gifts. You can go and physically build a home, a school, or even a church for a village, or you can go on medical trips, working with kids, building wells, anything really!
So friends, I leave you with this: consider going on a mission trip. Whether it is right in your local neighborhood, or on the other side of the world. There is need all around us. Ask anyone who has had the opportunity to experience one, and they will talk about how incredible of an experience it was. Don’t be discouraged, because God has opportunities out there for all of us and our certain skills and abilities.
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
– Mark 10:45
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