5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Short-Term Mission Trip

short term missionsMost people experience missions for the first time on a short-term mission trip. Now-a-days there are thousands of trips taken each year. The investment is great too.

As many as four million people take mission trips each year! Believe it or not, there is more money and manpower being invested on short-term missions than on long-term.

People from 18 to 80 are going on short-term trips anywhere from two weeks to two years. It’s easy to see why we need to maximize our efforts.

Here are 5 ways to get the most out of your short-term mission trip.

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Be The Best Missionary The World Has Ever Seen!

missions opportunitiesThere are so many opportunities for you today in missions. I know older missionaries that went overseas by boat. Some went with the idea that they were going for life! Today, we can hop on a plane and be almost anywhere in the world in a day! And just because of that, your opportunities are endless.

Imagine yourself playing soccer with some street kids in Brazil… Or traveling by canoe up a river to a village that’s never heard the gospel… Playing your guitar at the park in Seville, Spain with people stopping to listen… or giving free English lessons on a university campus in Beijing!

Missions is not as complicated as you might think.  In fact, if you’re a Christian, you were created to live a missional life!  But, don’t worry. We’ll get into that in later.

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Are You Safe In The Comfort Zone?

sailboatSome of us really like living in our comfort zones.  You know, that daily dose of TV, some Rocky Road ice cream, and a lot time to “chill.”  We deserve it!  We were made for this lifestyle! Or so we think…

I think the reality is that we know we can’t always live this way, yet, some of us think it is a “right” that we possess.

Somehow, I like to think that we are more like a ship.

And you know what?  Ships are not built to sit in the harbor!  They are made to sail the seas.  That’s where they are tried, and tested, and show what they can do!

We’re the same way.  Our comfort zone is our harbor.

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7 Keys to Achieving a Goal in Your Area of NON-Expertise

non-expertiseMy friend and I recently spent the day in meetings with pastors, church leaders, and seminary professors.  And I must say that I was thoroughly impressed by the ability of my colleague, whose doctorate is in missiology, as he shared his vision and fielded questions in the area of Theological Education.  His expertise on the subject was evident!

I believe everyone is an expert in some area.  But I got to thinking.  Many of our goals lie in areas that we are unfamiliar with… and definitely not experts.  For example, how many of us have asked a teenager to help us set up our cellphone?

Expertise Exists

Expertise exists in every area.  We all know that.  The mechanic we take our car to is an expert at diagnostics and repair.  Our family physician is an expert at what he does.  The gardener we occasionally use when our yard begins to resemble the Amazon jungle is an expert too (and charges accordingly)!

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5 New Trends That Will Affect Missions

new challenges in missionsWe received a package recently from a Girls in Action* group in Darlington, SC. Oh, and by the way, we love packages! But this particular one really made me think.

In it were handmade cards with heart-felt notes including, “Help the Marlins witness to people in Sao Paulo, Brazil” and “Help them in traffic that is bad!” I chuckled, but I really do want to see answers to those prayers!

New Mission Trends and New Challenges in Missions

As I pondered these cards, I wondered what missions would hold for these kids as they grew older. In my life, I’ve already seen huge changes take place in missions. I can only imagine what changes they’ll see.

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