Short term mission trips for the elderly

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.

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6 Comments

  1. You know, this sounds like a wonderful way to spend time after being retired. I can’t imagine a more fulfilling way, than to be helping others in need. You have made it sound like something I would love to consider doing. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi matts mom, Thank you for your comment!! Yes, helping others is rewarding and fulfilling. It’s not only fun, but it keeps one active and agile.
      What better way to spend retirement!?!

  2. Several years ago, I went on a mission trip with Habitat for Humanity. It was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. The people I met, helped and learned from are all things I will never forget. Until I came across your article, I had no idea that there were trips aimed solely at the elderly. I think this is a great idea for my retired parents. They are still very active physically and in their community and this sounds perfect for them. I will be sharing your site with them. Thanks for the great article.

  3. Hi,

    I’m also involved in a movement where on trips to make a difference will have no age limits also. It should be defined by the work that needs to be done. Most of the needs can be performed by anyone regardless of age. It’s a matter of the heart. I was just back from a meeting of a team who went for a trip to Yangon in Myanmar to a children centre of 100 kids. It’s a team of 20 over people comprising of elder, adults and kids and it’s a very successful mission. Missions is about connecting hearts which everyone can do.

    Thanks for writing this great post.

    1. Hi ht, Thank you for your comment. Yes. I agree with you – having a heart for mission is what matters most. I wrote this post as most elderly people I speak to about going on a mission trip feel that it’s beyond them – that they have nothing to contribute. I’ve seen many instances where their contribution has made a huge difference.

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