Mission Trips are for the daring, adventurous, and those who are focused on spreading the “Good News” of the Gospel of Christ. It’s not for the faint of heart or those looking for an all-inclusive resort style vacation. That last comment may seem funny, but I wonder sometimes what our motives and expectations are for participating in a mission trip of some form or another. I firmly believe that if you attend with a heart for serving, God can turn it into a fruitful event in your life.

I get it, no one enjoys having to “rough it” even when on a mission trip. There are experiences that will draw you out of your comfort zone, like cold showers, or maybe there isn’t any running water, no air conditioning, no hot food, no mattresses to sleep on, etc., but these experiences can help you realize and recognize what you take for granted back at home. More importantly when someone goes on a mission trip, they are spreading the “Good News” of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and that is what needs to be the main focus and heart of the mission.

Private outdoor showers!

As I have participated in a number of different types of mission trips throughout the years, each one has looked different and I now realize that my expectations need to be kept in check. Here are a few things to consider when planning to go on a mission trip…

  • Prepare your heart for the mission
  • Understand the purpose and goal before entering the mission field.
  • Be flexible and prepare for the unexpected

Here is another great article on mission trip expectations.

13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free.   But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh;   rather, serve one another   humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” – Galatians 5:13-14