Short term mission trips and the elderly go hand in hand. There are many elderly people who having worked most of their lives and have now retired from work with lots of free time on their hands, want to do something worthwhile. After all, when you retire, life doesn’t stop – for many, this is the beginning of their lives as it means being able to relax but also enjoy those activities they didn’t have time for while working. Mission work can be one of those activities.
Some elderly people may shirk at the idea of going on a mission trip however, I believe that once you are willing and are able, you too have something special to offer on a mission trip. There is more than enough activities to get involved with on mission trips.
Painting, reading, singing, listening, sharing your life long experiences, are just some of the activities that you can contribute towards a mission trip. You will be amazed at how your presence makes a difference.
Children love the elderly. They see something special in those that are older than themselves; even though they do enjoy the company of their counterparts. They tend to look up to, and enjoy the presence of the elderly around them.
As you’re going on a journey with like-minded people, whose aim and goal is the same as yours – to make a difference in people’s lives – you will feel at home. I remember going on my first mission trip. I was from a different country to those who were going. They were going as a team. I was travelling alone. I didn’t know what to expect. However, what was comforting was knowing that we were all going with the same goal in mind – to help others.
Being elderly doesn’t mean that your life comes to an end, in fact, it can be the beginning of things you have always dreamt of but never did get the chance to do them.
There are many organisations that do short term mission trips tailored for the elderly. If you would like more information, please leave a comment below and I will get back to you.