Short-term mission trips can be some of the best experiences of your life. Each one brings new opportunities to see God work in you and through you.
Your trip can be enhanced by taking a few small steps. Here are some ways to make sure that you get the most from your mission trip experience.
Prayer is a fundamental part of any ministry activity. Because it is vital to any mission, prayer should begin before the trip does. Pray before your trip, during your trip, and after your trip. Entering each phase or activity in your mission trip with a prayer will allow the Lord to work in ways that you may not have thought possible.
Often on mission trips, you will encounter cultures that are vastly different from your own. It is crucial to respect these cultures, no matter how uncomfortable it may feel at the time.
Engage your translators or church workers in conversations about the culture to get the full story behind the different behaviors. Understanding their mindsets often helps us to observe the differing aspects of their culture—showing respect to those you encounter on the field.
Schedules are a wonderful tool for maximizing your time in an area. However, obstacles and opportunities often arise that may keep your team from sticking firmly to your scheduled activities.
Remember to be flexible each day. Frequently the Holy Spirit opens doors that we could not have anticipated. Follow His leading and trust in his power to make the most of your ministry.
The variety of experiences and people that you will encounter can affect you deeply. Be open to new experiences and opportunities that may arise on the field.
In each encounter, prayerfully allow the Holy Spirit do His work through you. By remaining open to His guidance, your trip experience will be enhanced and your own heart will be opened.
God always works through our obedience. Encountering him and his work among the nations can profoundly change you. Let it happen. Don’t let this mission trip be just another photo album to flip through and laugh about the memories.
You are forever connected to those whom you met and to God himself. Pray for those people, tell others about this experience, encourage them to get on the field, and go back yourself.
What are some of your tips for making the most of your mission trip? Share them in the comments below.
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