The real power of a “mission trip”

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You’ve heard the phrase, “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.” Never was this truer than when describing a “mission trip.” First, I’ll define a “mission trip” like this: It is an experience where Christians go out into the world to help those in need, whether the needs are physical or spiritual.  That definition allows me to share why the journey is often more critical than the destination. Or to put it another way, the “why and who” tend to be more significant than the “what or how.”

Building a building, pouring concrete, and laying tile in a third-world country can be very helpful for a struggling church fellowship. Sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with another culture and people can make a difference for eternity. So, I don’t minimize the “what is done on the trip.” But what is done within the individuals who go is huge! Most come back to the States with fresh and new energy to follow Jesus where they live. They come back not holding on to the “stuff” of this world with the same tenacity they had when they left. They return with a profound appreciation of God’s sovereignty and creativity in a different part of the world.

So, if you’ve never considered partnering with your church or a mission organization to take a short-term trip…add it to your bucket list. Pray about it today, talk to others, and then schedule it. Matthew 28:19-20“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

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